Wilson gets his reward

Mark Wilson came out on top in a four-man and three-hole play-off to win the Honda Classic in Palm Beach, Florida, yesterday.

Mark Wilson came out on top in a four-man and three-hole play-off to win the Honda Classic in Palm Beach, Florida, yesterday.

It was the first career PGA Tour victory for Wilson, a former veteran of the Nationwide Tour who struggled down the stretch in the final round.

It was also a victory for the ethos of the sport in that Wilson had called a two-stroke penalty on himself after his caddie had accidentally given clubbing information to one of his playing partners during the second round.

But for that, Wilson would have won without a play-off, but he said: "My caddie was more cut up about it than me.

"I decided the best thing to do was to point out to him that we all make mistakes sometimes and golfers certainly make them out on the course.

"So we just had to focus on immediately putting it right behind us."

On Sunday night, darkness set in after the first play-off hole, forcing Wilson, Jose Coceres, Camilo Villegas and Boo Weekley to return to PGA National Resort & Spa yesterday to play the par-four 10th hole.

The quartet of players finished regulation play tied at five-under-par 275.

The lay-off worked wonders for Wilson, who sank a birdie putt from 10 and a half feet on the par-three 17th hole to earn a two-year exemption from the tour's qualifying school.

It was his 11th putt from ten feet or more during the tournament.

"It feels good," said Wilson, who won £514,000. "I'm just thrilled. I hit the right putt, and it went in on the edge."

The 32-year-old has gone to the qualifying school in each of the last 10 years.

Villegas and Weekley were both eliminated from the play-off after bogeying on the 10th, setting up the fantastic finish between Wilson and Coceres.

All four players began the play-off on Sunday by parring the par-five 18th.

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