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Mark Wilson

  • Birthplace: Menomonee Falls, WI
  • Residence: Elmhurst, IL; plays out of Cog Hill G&CC (Lemont, IL)
  • Birth Date: October 31, 1974
  • height: 5-8
  • Turned Pro: 1997

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PGA TOUR Victories

(2) 2007,The Honda Classic. 2009,Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun.

2009 PGA TOUR Money and Position

$1,539,695 (37)

2009 PGA TOUR Best Finishes

1-- Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun. T3-- the Memorial Tournament.

PGA TOUR Best Round

64 at Round 2, Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun. 64 at Round 4, Valero Texas Open.

PGA TOUR Highlights

Finished at 13-under 267 to win the Mayakoba Golf Classic by two strokes over J.J. Henry. Win at Mayakoba Golf Classic on March 1, 2009 came almost two years to the day after his first PGA TOUR victory at The Honda Classic on March 4, 2007. Went ahead for good on the second hole of the final round, then held on through dark clouds and wild winds over the back nine. Shot a final-round 68 to finish two strokes ahead of J.J. Henry...Finished T3 at the Memorial Tournament at 8-under, four strokes behind winner Tiger Woods. Entered the final round tied for the lead with Matt Bettencourt.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

1-- The Honda Classic, Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun.

2008 Season Highlights

Surpassed $1 million in earnings for the second consecutive season, with a career-high 25 made cuts in 29 starts. Recorded a career-best 12 top-25s, finishing No. 45 in the FedExCup point standings...In fourth start of the season, posted four rounds in the 60s to claim a T9 at the FBR Open. Was among five players to post all four rounds in the 60s...Next top-10 came with a T10 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial...In August, finished T8 with John Merrick and Jason Gore at the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open to match the number of top-10s he claimed in 2007 (three)...Bested that number with a T9 at the Wyndham Championship in August, thanks to a closing 6-under 64...Four rounds in the 60s (68-66-66-63) led to a season-best runner-up finish to Zach Johnson at the Valero Texas Open.

Career Highlights

2007: Earned first career TOUR victory in 111th career start at The Honda Classic at age 32 years, 5 months, 3 days. Defeated Jose Coceres with a birdie-2 on the third playoff hole, the par-3 17th, on Monday morning, as play had been suspended due to darkness after one playoff hole on Sunday evening. Camilo Villegas and Boo Weekley were eliminated on the second playoff hole when they made bogeys. Posted rounds of 72-66-66-71--275 (5-under-par). Second-round 66 included a self-imposed two-stroke penalty as caddie had given advice regarding club selection to a fellow competitor early in the round. Sank a 47-foot par putt on the 16th hole on Sunday and made a 31-footer for par on the first playoff hole to stay alive. Became the 10th first-time winner in tournament history, and the fourth in the last seven years. Recorded the 200th victory on the PGA TOUR by a Nationwide Tour alumnus. Earned 4,500 FedExCup points and $990,000. Of his two-stroke penalty, Wilson said, "I don't think I would be here if I had not called it on myself, because I would be thinking about it and if I would be sitting here and had I not called it on myself, every time I look at that trophy, it would be tarnished."...Recorded seven straight birdies on holes three through nine in the third round of the Memorial Tournament, the most on TOUR in 2007. 2006: Playing with No. 126-150 status, finished 156th on money list with one top-10 in 24 starts...Earned TOUR card for 2007 with T29 finish at Qualifying Tournament...Posted first top-10 of the season in his third start, a T9 at the Chrysler Classic of Tucson. Held first-round lead after with an 8-under 64. Was the first lead of any kind on TOUR in his 85th start. 2005: Regained TOUR card for 2005 with T26 finish at Qualifying Tournament...Slow start to the season, but finished the second half of the season with three top-10s, beginning with the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston. Collected first top-10 of season in 18th start with a T10 at Deutsche Bank Championship. Marked third career top-10 in 74 TOUR starts...Recorded his best finish to date, a T3 at the Valero Texas Open. His previous best was a solo fourth at the 2003 HP Classic of New Orleans. His $203,000 payday almost doubled his season earnings to $429,323...Three starts later posted his third top-10 of the season with a T10 at the FUNAI Classic at Walt Disney World Resort, aided by a career-best 9-under 63 in the third round. His top-10 finish earned a spot in the following week's Chrysler Championship. He collected $110,000 at the FUNAI Classic to improve season earnings to $553,623, moving from 151st on the season money list to 131st with two full-field events remaining in the season. Made the cut in the last two full field events of the season to finish 133rd on the final season money list. 2004: Playing with No. 126-150 status, participated in 19 events with one top-10, a T5 at the Reno-Tahoe Open...Also played in six Nationwide Tour events with two top-10s. 2003: As a rookie, playing in his 19th career event on TOUR, posted first top-10, a solo fourth at the HP Classic of New Orleans...Narrowly missed retaining card, finishing 128th on money list. 2002: Earned his first trip to the TOUR via a T17 finish at the 2002 Qualifying Tournament...Spent season as a rookie on the Nationwide Tour. Only top-10 was a T8 at the SAS Carolina Classic...Missed cut at the Greater Milwaukee Open, his only TOUR appearance...Played the Hooters Tour from 1998-2001 and won three times... Played the PGA Tour of Australasia from 2000-02. Amateur: Won Ben Hogan Award in 1996 as top NCAA student golfer.

Personal

Has two career holes-in-one in competitive rounds, both while playing with TOUR player Doug LaBelle II...Cites Ben Hogan as his hero...In 2006, donated $30,000 to Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer Fund, the largest single donation by an athlete in charity's history. Made donation before re-earning PGA TOUR via Qualifying Tournament.

PGA TOUR Playoff Record

1-0

Other Information

Playing PGA TOUR with No. 126-150 status in 2006, finished 156th on money list with one top-10 in 24 starts. Earned TOUR card for 2007 with T29 finish at Qualifying Tournament. Posted first top-10 of the 2006 season in his third start, a T9 at the Chrysler Classic of Tucson. Held first-round lead after with an 8-under 64. Was the first lead of any kind on TOUR in his 85th start. Regained TOUR card for 2005 with T26 finish at Qualifying Tournament. Slow start to the season, but finished the second half of the season with three top-10s, beginning with the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston. Collected first top-10 of season in 18th start with a T10 at 2005 Deutsche Bank Championship. Marked third career top-10 in 74 TOUR starts. Recorded a career-best T3 finish at the Valero Texas Open. His previous best was a solo fourth at the 2003 HP Classic of New Orleans. His $203,000 payday almost doubled his season earnings to $429,323. Three starts later posted his third top-10 of the season with a T10 finish at the FUNAI Classic at Walt Disney World Resort, aided by a career-best 9-under 63 in the third round. His top-10 finish earned a spot in the following week's Chrysler Championship. He collected $110,000 at the FUNAI Classic to improve season earnings to $553,623, moving from 151st on the season money list to 131st with two full-field events remaining in the 2005 season. Made the cut in the last two full field events of the season to finish 133rd on the final season money list. Playing with No. 126-150 status in 2004, participated in 19 events with one top-10, a T5 at the Reno-Tahoe Open. Also played in six 2004 Nationwide Tour events with two top-10s. As a rookie in 2003, playing in his 19th career event on TOUR, posted first top-10, a solo fourth at the HP Classic of New Orleans. Narrowly missed on retaining card in rookie season, finishing 128th on money list. Earned his first trip to the TOUR via a T17 finish at the 2002 Qualifying Tournament. Spent 2002 season as a rookie on the Nationwide Tour. Only top-10 was a T8 at the SAS Carolina Classic. Missed cut at the Greater Milwaukee Open, his only TOUR appearance in 2002. Played the Hooters Tour from 1998-2001 and won three times. Played the PGA Tour of Australasia from 2000-02. Has two career holes-in-one in competitive rounds, both while playing with TOUR player Doug LaBelle II. Cites Ben Hogan as his hero. Biggest thrill in golf was winning the state high school championship as a freshman. Won Ben Hogan Award in 1996 as top NCAA student golfer. In 2006, donated $30,000 to Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer Fund, the largest single donation by an athlete in charity's history.

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