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Early bird: Wilson starts season hot, as usual

Mark Wilson in the 2013 Hyundai Tournament of Champions first round
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KAPALUA, Hawaii – Mark Wilson has a habit of getting off to quick early-season starts. This one is even quicker than usual.

Two years ago, Wilson won the Sony Open in his first start of the year; last year, he won the Humana Challenge in his third. This year? He opened with a 4-under 69 to claim a share of the opening-round lead at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

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“It was a good start,” he said after the round. “Just kind of trying to be patient with the wind and hitting some weird clubs with different yardages and stuff, played conservative. I made some nice par putts early on in those tough holes on the back nine that get most of the wind.”

Wilson didn’t have much time to reflect on the score. The second round began for players less than an hour after they finished the first round.