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Reborn Wilson Enjoying the Ride

Mark Wilson, a 36-year-old American who has played only three majors in his life and missed the cut in all of them, is suddenly a different golfer this season.

Wilson made it two wins in three starts on Monday by capturing the Waste Management Phoenix Open after a play-off with Jason Dufner.

He is now 51st in the world less than a month after he was 237th and said: "I'm just enjoying the ride here and that's kind of the way I'm going to look at the year - just ride this train as long as I can."

Wilson credits a better mental attitude for his transformation.

After saving par from a fairway bunker on the last and then winning with an eight-foot birdie putt at the second extra hole he commented: "The old Mark would have been pretty upset with the tee shot on 18 in regulation, but the new one was just focused."

Wilson had double cause for celebration as a Green Bay Packers fan with his team claiming the Super Bowl on Sunday night.

"I didn't sleep great," he said. "It was probably the excitement with the Super Bowl and the uncertainty of today (Monday) and I just kept trying to rely on God to give me the peace that I needed to get through it. I prayed out there a lot."

Scotland's Martin Laird shared third place with Fijian Vijay Singh, a superb effort given that he had to birdie the last two holes of his second round just to make the cut.

"To shoot 13 under on the weekend obviously I'm very happy," he stated. "I've always kind of struggled to start the year. If you look at my results I've never really done anything 

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