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Oliver John Wilson (born 14 September 1980) is an English professional golfer. Wilson was a member of the 2008 Ryder Cup, but had to wait six years for his first European Tour win, the 2014 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Oliver Wilson
Oliver wilson abu dhabi 2009.jpg
Personal information
Full nameOliver John Wilson
Born (1980-09-14) 14 September 1980 (age 38)
Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight168 lb (76 kg; 12.0 st)
Nationality England
ResidenceMansfield, Notts, England
Augusta, Georgia, U.S.
SpouseLauren
ChildrenLevi Bobby
Career
CollegeAugusta State University
Turned professional2003
Current tour(s)Challenge Tour
Former tour(s)European Tour
Professional wins3
Number of wins by tour
European Tour1
Challenge Tour2
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentCUT: 2009, 2010
PGA ChampionshipT19: 2009
U.S. OpenT23: 2009
The Open ChampionshipT24: 2009

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Amateur careerEdit

Wilson was born in Mansfield, England, where his golfing career began at Coxmoor Golf Club, having been a junior at Oakmere Park Golf Club. He played collegiately at Augusta State University.

Professional careerEdit

Wilson turned professional in 2003 and played on the Challenge Tour in 2004. He finished 15th on the Order of Merit list and moved up to the European Tour. He improved year-on-year, finishing 97th on the Order of Merit in 2005, 71st in 2006, 30th in 2007, 11th in 2008 and 7th in 2009.

In his rookie season on the European Tour in 2005, Wilson had three top ten finishes. In 2006 he lost in a play-off to Paul Casey at the Volvo China Open and in 2007 he had two second-place finishes. Wilson finished second four times in 2008, one of which took place at the BMW PGA Championship where he lost in a play-off to Miguel Ángel Jiménez. In April of that year Wilson reached the top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time, the next month after his runner-up spot at the PGA Championship he reached a new high position of 45.

Also in 2008, Wilson qualified for that year's Ryder Cup matches.[1]

In the opening tournament of the 2009 Race to Dubai, the HSBC Champions, Wilson recorded yet another runner-up finish. On 15 March 2009 he recorded a top-5 finish in the WGC-CA Championship. Wilson was also runner-up at the 2009 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Wilson never finished higher than 5th in 2010, although he still finished in the top 50 of the Order of Merit. Wilson lost his full European Tour playing rights at the end of the 2011 season. He alternated between the European Tour and the Challenge Tour in 2012, but failed to regain his full playing rights through his play during the year or at the 2012 qualifying school.

 
Wilson at the 2015 Open de France

After 228 European Tour starts, Wilson finally earned his first win at the 2014 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, picking up a cheque for $800,000. Prior to his win, he had nine runner-up finishes, the most for a non-winner. Wilson was a sponsor invite who started the week 252nd in the Race to Dubai, 104th in the Challenge Tour rankings, and 792nd in the world.[2] The win moved Wilson up to 39th in the Race to Dubai, 156th in the world, and earned him European Tour membership through the end of 2016.[3]

After his win in the 2014 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Wilson had another long period with little success. He failed to regain his Tour card through Q School in 2016 and played on the Challenge Tour in 2017 but his poor form continued. Speaking in an interview with bunkered magazine in December 2017, Wilson conceded that he'd contemplated quitting the sport after failing to earn his European Tour card for the 2018 season, missing the cut at Q-School.[4]

Wilson showed a return of form in mid-2018. He qualified for the 2018 Open Championship through Final Qualifying, his first major since 2010, finished tied for 29th in the Porsche European Open the week after the Open and won the Swedish Challenge the following week, at the second hole of a playoff. Wilson had previously lost four playoffs on the European Tour and a playoff in the 2013 Northern Ireland Open Challenge. He finished the season 17th in the Challenge Tour Order of Merit, to just miss out on a European Tour place for 2019.

Wilson finishing tied for third place in the South African Open in December 2018. The event was part of the Open Qualifying Series and his high finish and tiebreaker world ranking position gave him an entry to the 2019 Open Championship.

Professional wins (3)Edit

European Tour wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runners-up
1 5 Oct 2014 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship −17 (64-72-65-70=271) 1 stroke   Tommy Fleetwood,   Rory McIlroy,
  Richie Ramsay

European Tour playoff record (0–4)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2005 Volvo China Open   Paul Casey Lost to birdie on first extra hole
2 2007 Johnnie Walker Classic   Anton Haig,   Richard Sterne Haig won with birdie on first extra hole
3 2008 BMW PGA Championship   Miguel Ángel Jiménez Lost to birdie on second extra hole
4 2008 HSBC Champions   Sergio García Lost to birdie on second extra hole

Challenge Tour wins (2)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 5 Aug 2018 Swedish Challenge −13 (68-70-69-68=275) Playoff   Joachim B. Hansen
2 7 Oct 2018 Monaghan Irish Challenge −12 (69-70-68-69=276) 2 strokes   Marco Iten

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Masters Tournament CUT CUT
U.S. Open CUT T36 T23 CUT
The Open Championship CUT CUT T24 CUT CUT
PGA Championship CUT T19 CUT
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied

SummaryEdit

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 2
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 1
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 1
Totals 0 0 0 0 0 3 14 4
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 3 (2009 U.S. Open – 2009 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 0

Team appearancesEdit

Amateur

Professional

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Wilson & Rose make Ryder Cup team". BBC Sport. 31 August 2008.
  2. ^ "Oliver Wilson comes back from the wilderness to lift the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship". Daily Telegraph. 5 October 2014. Retrieved 16 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Oliver Wilson beats Rory McIlroy to win Alfred Dunhill Links Championship". The Guardian. 5 October 2014. Retrieved 16 October 2014.
  4. ^ Inglis, Martin (31 December 2017). "Oliver Wilson targeting career resurgence after quit thoughts". bunkered.

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