Late Bloomer Wilson Wins Phoenix Open

Late Bloomer Wilson Wins Phoenix Open

ack in the hotel room on Sunday night, Wilson got his son Lane into his jammies and then proceeded to beat the 3-year-old at Candyland. "He hasn't figured out how he can plant the cards just yet, so I usually win," Wilson said with a twinkle in his eye.

And about the time the two-minute warning sounded, Wilson finally got to concentrate on the Super Bowl. He and Lane celebrated with a few high-fives when the Green Bay Packers win was assured, and then Wilson tried to settle down and get some rest.

"But I didn't sleep very well just because of that excitement and the uncertainty of today," the self-avowed Cheesehead acknowledged.

Maybe not. But Wilson appeared extremely relaxed when he returned to TPC Scottsdale on Monday morning, played his final six holes of regulation in even par and then went two more in a playoff to beat Jason Dufner and win the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Of course, Wilson appears to have gotten pretty used to the final-round pressure so maybe his composure should have been expected. Along with last month's Sony Open in Hawaii, the victory was his second in just three starts this year -- and the fourth of the 36-year-old's career.

Wilson, who struggled last year to finish among the top 125 on the money list, took a big leap into the upper echelon of his profession with Monday's victory, too. He currently owns a 336-point lead in the FedExCup standings and has risen 186 spots to 51st in the Official World Golf Ranking this year.

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