Wilson set for Mayakoba title defense
Monday, January 31, 2011
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico – Mark Wilson is in basically the same position he was a year ago at the Mayakoba Golf Classic.
Once again left out of the 64-man Match Play Championship, Wilson is trying to break out of an early season funk at Mayakoba Resort’s El Camaleon course.
Last year he ended up doing far more than just find his game, beating J.J. Henry by two strokes for his second PGA Tour title.
Wilson shot 66-64-69-68 on the Greg Norman-designed course.
“I came in not feeling great about my game. Didn’t start the year off great,” Wilson said Wednesday. “But something clicked with both my playing and ball-striking kind of that first and into the second round. It kind of snowballed on me, and I just kind of kept the momentum going all weekend.”
This season, Wilson has made four of five cuts, with his best finish a tie for 20th at the Sony Open in Hawaii.
“Similar to last year, really,” Wilson said. “I haven’t really played near to my potential that I would like it. Par for the course for me usually with the long offseason up there in Chicago and not playing much. So I’m just kind of playing my way into the season.”
Wilson praised the course conditions after his pro-am round.
“It’s as good as ever,” Wilson said. “The course doesn’t seem is to change too much from what I’ve seen.”
David Duval, coming off a second-place tie at Pebble Beach, also is in the field along with K.J. Choi, John Daly, Stuart Appleby, Heath Slocum, Mark Calcavecchia and Mexican stars Esteban Toledo and Jose Trauwitz.
DIVOTS: Erik Compton, a two-time heart transplant recipient, is making his first start of the year. ... Mayakoba is 35 miles south of Cancun on the Caribbean coast.