Aug. 12, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- 2007 Northwestern graduate Chris Wilson two-putted for birdie from 12 feet on the first playoff hole Sunday at Highland Springs Country Club to defeat fellow NU alum Scott Harrington and win the Web.com Tour's Price Cutter Charity Championship.
The two former Wildcats were knotted at 21-under 267 after four rounds, setting up a playoff that started at the 542-yard par-5 18th hole. Harrington and Wilson were side-by-side in the fairway at the reachable par-5 but Harrington's chances were dashed quickly when his 5-iron splashed into the water, well right of his intended target. Wilson's second went directly at the flag and stopped just in the fringe, about 12 feet away. When Harrington's 35-foot par putt slid past the hole, Wilson had three putts to win. He needed two, the final from only a few inches away.
"It's comforting knowing I can perform when it matters most," said Wilson, who picked up a check for $112,500 and vaulted from No. 165 to No. 23 on the money list. The top 25 on the list at the conclusion of the season earn PGA TOUR cards for 2013. Wilson previously had PGA TOUR status in 2010, when he made 26 starts.
Harrington, a 2003 NU graduate, was near the top of the leaderboard all week at Highland Springs, leading late at 21-under par with two holes to go. He flew the green with his approach on No. 17, however, resulting in a bogey that dropped him to 20-under while Wilson made birdie at No. 18 in the group directly ahead of Harrington to take the solo lead. Harrington responded with a birdie of his own on the 72nd hole to force the playoff.
"I've known Chris a while and we're good friends," said Harrington, who exited the Evanston, Ill., campus just as Wilson was arriving. "If I could be in a playoff with anybody in this field, it would be him."
While Wilson already had full Web.com Tour status for this season after his performance in last year's Q School, Harrington -- a Web.com Tour member in 2004 and 2008 -- did not have full status this year and Monday qualified for the Price Cutter Charity Championship. His runner-up finish will earn him a berth in next week's Midwest Classic in Kansas City, and his paycheck for $67,500 is more than enough to earn Special Temporary Membership for the remainder of the year, starting in two weeks with the next reshuffle.
Northwestern head coach Pat Goss followed the action Sunday closely, tweeting "Web.com Tour playoff between @NUalums Scott Harrington + Chris Wilson! Good news is NU Golf wins either way. Good position for the coach. Congrats to @TheRealCWilson on his first web.com win and to Scott Harrington for a great week as well."
Information from pgatour.com and staff member Joe Chemycz was used in this release.
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