Cameron Wilson leads the field in GIR, putting is another story
By Bernie D'Amato under US Open
Cameron Wilson, pro golfer. ©USGA/Steven Gibbons.

Cameron Wilson, pro golfer. ©USGA/Steven Gibbons.

The reigning NCAA Division 1 Individual Champion Cameron Wilson has a bright future ahead in professional golf. He showed off his impressive game during the first two rounds at Pinehurst No. 2 with the longest drive (446 yards), and the most greens in regulation (30). Wilson also led the field in average driving distance (332.5 yards). What didn’t go so well for Wilson was his putting.

According to ESPN.com, Wilson had 2.5 putts per green in regulation (GIR). That is the equivalent to 15 three-putts over two rounds.

The positive from Wilson’s U.S. Open experience is he is a darn good ball striker who outperformed the best players in the world in important statistical categories. The negative is that Wilson’s putting caused him to shoot rounds of 78-70 (+8), and miss the cut by three strokes.

Cameron had trouble on the Pinehurst greens, but he will get a chance to redeem himself in his pro debut at the Travelers Championship next week. TPC River Highlands is a short course (by PGA Tour standards) and Cam will have the added bonus of being back in his home state of Connecticut. Time to earn a big check!

–Bernie D’Amato