Wilson edges ahead in final round at Phoenix PGA

Updated: Feb 07, 2011, 17:09 PM IST

Phoenix: Mark Wilson made the most of a long day at the Phoenix Open Sunday, edging ahead of Tommy Gainey before darkness halted play in the final round of the weather-disrupted US PGA Tour event.

Gainey had fired a third-round 68 at TPC Scottsdale on Sunday for a 54-hole total of 17-under 196.

Wilson was alone in second after a 68 for 197 and Bill Haas was third with a 68 for 198 when they headed out after a brief break to begin the final round.

Wilson, who wore a yellow visor and green shirt in support of the Green Bay Packers` Super Bowl bid against Pittsburgh, pulled ahead of Gainey with a 15-foot birdie putt at the par-three 12th.

Gainey three-putted for bogey on the hole.

"I birdied some tough holes," Wilson said. "The four-iron I hit on 12 was the best swing of the day and I rolled in that putt. Just felt good.”

"Been a long ride. I mean, four holes the first day, 28 holes the next day and then four holes and now 31 holes, and we`ll do five more tomorrow and see what happens."

Wilson and Gainey were facing 20-foot birdie putts on the par-five 13th when they decided it was too dark to finish the hole.

"I was thinking about putting it, but it`s hard to read and it`s a goofy little putt," Wilson said. "It`ll be a lot easier tomorrow morning.”

"Someone was screaming in my head saying, `Don`t putt this tonight!` So, when I heard that voice, I said, `Let`s mark it.`"

Wilson was 18-under. Gainey was tied for second with Vijay Singh and Jason Dufner. Fiji`s Singh fired a final-round 66, while Dufner had four holes remaining.

Sunday`s start was delayed for half an hour by frost. Some nine hours of playing time was lost over the first four days to frost and a frozen playing surface, forcing organizers into the Monday finish.

Singh, in search of a first victory since 2008, was the last player off the course. He putted out at the par-four 18th in the dark more than 10 minutes after Wilson and Gainey stopped playing.

"I`ve got no chance," Singh said of his decision to play on. "They`re going to come back tomorrow and I think the leaders have two par fives to go and 17, and they`re good enough players.”

Singh has been hindered by problems with his right knee, and said he was happy with his performance here.

"Considering all, this is the first time that I`ve actually felt good, and coming back to the way I know how to play golf," he said. "Whatever happens, I`m very satisfied with my result this week."

JB Holmes (67) and Nick Watney (68) were in the clubhouse at 15-under. Scotland`s Martin Laird and Chris Couch were at 15-under on the course, Laird with two holes to play and Couch with five.

Wilson, a devout Green Bay fan who donned a foam "cheesehead" hat and led golf spectators in Packers chants early in the day, was sorry his tournament schedule forced him to miss the first half of the Super Bowl, being played Sunday in Dallas.

He said he got scoring updates from the on-course announcers and said he`d watch the second half of the NFL title game on television.

Gainey had more immediate concerns after letting his slim lead slip.

"I`m not too happy in my position right now, two back, but I`ve just got to come out tomorrow and just get it done," Gainey said. "Just start making some putts."

Bureau Report