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Mark Wilson won the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Monday after defeating Jason Dufner on the second playoff hole.

Mark Wilson won the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Monday after defeating Jason Dufner on the second playoff hole.

Wilson, a Green Bay Packers fan, now has cause for double celebration, after his beloved football team won their fourth Super Bowl title on Sunday night.

It’s the 36-year-old’s second win on the PGA Tour this year. Not bad for a player who prior to his win at the Sony Open in Hawaii this year was ranked 237th in the world.

The win came on the second hole of a playoff with fellow American Jason Dufner, where he sank a eight-foot birdie putt to take the victory.

“I’m ecstatic,” said Wilson, whose earnings for the year has already risen to $2 million.

“I guess I’m in all the majors now and I’m just riding the train. I don’t get down on myself and I’m playing the best golf of my life.” he added.

The tournament had spilled into a fifth day after lengthy frost delays on they opening two days. Strangely, the exact same thing happened in 2007, the scene of Wilson’s first PGA Tour victory, which also came after a playoff.

In joint third place was Scotland’s Martin Laird and Fijian Vijay Singh, two shots back on 16 under par, while third-round leader Tommy Gainey finished in fourth after a triple-bogey on the 17th. Gainey drove into the lake on the left of the green, and it dropped him from being only one shot back at the time to finishing in eighth place.

Dufner was disappointed by his playoff loss.

“I’m kind of tired being close,” he said.

He had played some outstanding golf to force the playoff, sinking a 35-foot birdie putt on the 16th and following it up with another birdie on the 17th. Then, on the 18th, he very nearly holed a bunker shot to take the win outright, but he had to settle for par.

On the first playoff hole, Dufner had a 22-foot putt to win, but he couldn’t make it drop, and he could do no better than par on the following hole.

Elsewhere, Phil Mickelson finished in a disappointing 29th place after a 71 that included finding the same water hazard on 17 that undid Tommy Gainey. A top-three finish would have seen him unseat Tiger Woods in the world rankings, but it wasn’t to be.

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