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PGA TOUR WHAT IT MEANS: February 7, 2011

Posted By Jeremy Schilling On Feb 7 2011 @ 3:48 pm In PGA | No Comments

A Monday finish on the PGA Tour leads to a Monday posting of this week’s PGA Tour What It Means:

Mark Wilson Gets His Second Win of 2011: Mark Wilson defeated Jason Dufner in a playoff this morning to win the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Wilson also won the Sony Open in Hawaii last month. In this column, I wrote about that victory:

Wilson is in a class of players that I kind of call the “OK, now what?” category. For the weeks they win, they look very steady, not doing anything too flashy yet not conceding any ground to the chasers, thus getting nice, solid, victories. But they also seem to play inconsistent after their victories and have a hard time moving up to the next echelon of players. That’s Wilson’s goal now: move on up.

Well, he’s done exactly that. He’s now into all four majors, the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, and other top-flight events. He sure looks like a golfer that will have to be recknoed with for the rest of 2011. Next step: high finishes in majors.

Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey Takes America By Storm: The former “Big Break” star nearly won the WMPO, with only two water balls on 17 derailing his attempt at feat. But this weekend should have taught him a big lesson: he can certainly hang with the big boys, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Gainey contend throughout 2011.

Rickie Fowler Is Close: Rickie Fowler has started 2011 exactly how he ended 2010: hot. Even though he still hasn’t notched his first PGA Tour victory, he has continued to contend — which is essential to making sure you don’t have a sophomore slump in your second year on the big circuit. As long as he continues to contend and make smart decisions on the weekend, his first career victory should be right around the corner.

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