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Wilson leads 'long ride'

Mark Wilson, in Packers colors, leads despite being slightly distracted: “The saddest thing is I couldn’t watch the first half of the Super Bowl.”

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Mark Wilson, in Packers colors, leads despite being slightly distracted: “The saddest thing is I couldn’t watch the first half of the Super Bowl.”

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Mark Wilson had a two-stroke lead in the Phoenix Open when play was suspended Sunday because of darkness.

Wearing a yellow visor and green shirt in support of his beloved Packers, the Wisconsin player broke a tie with Tommy Gainey with a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-3 12th. Gainey three-putted the hole for a bogey.

"I birdied some tough holes," Wilson said. " … Been a long ride. I mean, four holes the first day, 28 holes the next day and then four holes and now 31 holes, and we'll do five more (today) and see what happens."

Wilson and Gainey faced 20-foot birdie putts on the par-5 13th when they decided it was too dark to finish the hole.

"I was thinking about putting it, but it's hard to read and it's a goofy little putt," Wilson said.

Wilson was 18 under. Gainey was tied for second with Vijay Singh and Jason Dufner. Singh shot 5-under 66; Dufner had four holes left.

"I've got no chance," Singh said. "They're going to come back (today) and I think the leaders have two par 5s to go and 17, and they're good enough players."

Sunday's start was delayed half an hour because of frost.

Wilson shot 68 in the third round and was 2 under through 12 holes in the fourth. On the amphitheater 16th in the third round, he and caddie Chris Jones wore cheeseheads and led rowdy fans in Packers chants.

Gainey was 1 over in the final round after 68 in the third.

"I'm not too happy in my position right now, two back, but I've just got to come out (today) and just get it done," Gainey said.

Phil Mickelson had 71 in the third round and was 11 under.

women's Australian open: Yani Tseng defended her title in Melbourne on the Ladies European Tour, closing with 2-under 71 to win by seven at 276. Jiyai Shin was tied for second with Ji Eun-hee and Melissa Reid. Tampa's Cindy LaCrosse (74) finished tied for seventh, 11 out.

EUROPEAN: Thomas Bjorn won the Qatar Masters in Doha, shooting bogey-free 3-under 69 to beat Alvaro Quiros by four shots. Bjorn led overnight and finished at 14-under 279. Martin Kaymer (71) tied for 28th, losing a chance to take the No. 1 ranking. He remains second.

Wilson leads 'long ride' 02/06/11 [Last modified: Sunday, February 6, 2011 9:54pm]
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