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Hello everyone. Hope everyone is enjoying the Fall with the leaves changing, the cooler temperatures, football, baseball playoffs and the start of the 2017-18 PGA TOUR season.
It is finally time for me to get rolling again, by competing this week in Jackson, MS at the Sanderson Farms Championship. Many hours of practicing and playing at Butler National, River Forest, Links and Tees and even some Elmhurst parks have me excited to tee it up again. A recent session with Joe Mayo in Las Vegas made some of the changes more clear, and I’m excited to take them into action. The short game all feels great as well and I look forward to playing on the glass like greens of Country Club of Jackson this week.
Some highlights in the past month include playing in a fun Ryder Cup style event at Butler National where my fellow Illinois resident, Jeff Sluman, and I captained two teams for a one day event. Jeff showed me his PGA TOUR Champions skills as he shut me out, but my partner helped gain a point in our group. Eventually the teams tied with 10 points each, making us hungry for another go.
The Tee Up a Harvest event went as planned and was a huge success. Peter Jacobsen and Jim Furyk spent their two days at Rich Harvest Farms graciously talking golf and sharing their insights with many on the game, their games and funny things that have happened to them over the years. It is still being wrapped up, but the event will result in feeding just over 2,000 students on the weekends for an entire school year in the Chicago area. I have so many people to thank, starting with my wife, Amy, who without her, none of this would have ever happened. Then we had a team of volunteers who worked many hours over nine months to get this done. Then thankfully people decided it would be a fun thing to do, so the money was generated for the kids. Thanks to Doug Meijer, who I got to play with on Monday, for being the title sponsor. Doug hits it a long way if anyone is looking for a good scramble partner!
Have a great Fall and watch for me this week on the Golf Channel.
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The FedExCup Playoffs are under way and I have advanced to the second round! Playing a Donald Ross designed Plainfield CC within a few miles of where my longtime caddie, Chris Jones, grew up, we had a solid weekend of 69 and 68 to finish in a tie for 24th place. That finish moved us up to 85th in the standings. The top 100 advanced to the Deutsche Bank Championship this week, and I am truly grateful to be there for the first time since 2012. A 90 yard SW to 8 feet sealed the deal on 18, especially when that downhill left to righter went in! Thanks for the cheers from all over the globe. I’m sure you all know where that “projected FedExCup standings” button is on the PGA TOUR App. You might be surprised to hear that I never looked at where I was in the tournament or the standings, always believing another birdie can’t hurt. Do you know how hard that is for me, a guy who loves numbers? I love that stuff but I have found it only hurts my performance so I avoid it. I figure there are plenty of others who are doing it for me. For me my goal this week was to immerse myself in the present moment and the one target I had for the current shot. Looking forward to doing more of that next week.
Switching gears, the Mark Wilson Charity Classic tees off in just three weeks, on September 21st! We have 16 teams signed up so there is still room for four more teams or individuals. We have secured Brian Urlacher, (longtime Bear, now golf junkie) Pat Foley, (TV voice of the Blackhawks) Chris Collins, (hoops coach at Northwestern) and Jay Feely (long time NFL kicker who filled in for injured Robbie Gould late last season) for our local celebrities. Also committed from the PGA TOUR are Tony Finau, Jim Furyk, James Hahn, Peter Jacobsen, Zach Johnson, Daniel Summerhays, and others as long as they are in the top 70 after the Deutsche Bank. It is going to be a great time.
Watch for me at TPC Boston!
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By: Sean Martin
2012 CHAMP GOES LOW: Leaderboards at the Humana Challenge mistakenly said Mark Wilson made the turn in 8-under 28. That was incorrect, but the 2012 Humana champion still went low, shooting 8-under 64 in the first round to sit in second place. He’s tied with Francesco Molinari, Blake Adams, John Peterson and Scott Pinckney.
Wilson made seven birdies and an eagle against a lone bogey.
“I came in feeling OK, nothing great about the game, but it was ideal [Thursday],” he said. “I made some saves when I needed it and capitalized on my good shots.”
Wilson had just one top-25 in 25 starts last season and finished 183rd in the FedExCup. He already has two top-10s this season after finishing T8 at The McGladrey Classic and T9 at the Sanderson Farms Championship.
The last of Wilson’s five wins on TOUR came at the 2012 Humana Challenge. All five of Wilson’s PGA TOUR wins have come in the first quarter of the year. He missed the cut both his Humana appearances since his victory. This was his low round on TOUR since a 64 in the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open in February 2012.
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Mark Wilson continued to excel when tournaments unfold off schedule in winning the Humana Challenge in Partnership with the Clinton Foundation. It’s his third victory in 13 months (all with unusual final days) and the fifth of his career.
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