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March 2011

Top Story: Illinois Golfers Leave Marks on PGA Map

Author: Len Ziehm

Wilson, Points lead local surge at start of 2011 season

Could Illinois suddenly be emerging as a hotbed for PGA Tour players? That might seem unlikely, but look what happened in the first few weeks of the PGA Tour and Senior PGA Tour 2011 seasons.

Mark Wilson, an Elmhurst resident, won the Sony Open in Hawaii in the PGA Tour’s first full-field tournament of 2011 and then captured the Waste Management Phoenix Open in his third start. Wilson, who wanted to keep playing, ran out of gas in his next tournament, the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Still, no problem.

D.A. Points, raised in Pekin and a collegiate star at the University of Illinois, won his first PGA Tour event at Pebble Beach. Not only did ....