Tag Archives: Chris Wilson

Nov
30
2011

Oh no...not now...no, please...uh oh...no...wait...oh, crap.

Thirteen pre-qualifier tournaments, thirteen first-stage events and six second-stage events later, the pool of thousands of golfers hoping to re(earn) their place on the PGA Tour in 2012 has been dwindled down to 173 players, ranging from recent college grads, mini-tour grinders, journeymen, has-beens, major champs, former Tour winners, past Ryder Cup members and guys who had a tough season. All of whom will kick off the grueling six-round, 108-hole marathon at PGA West’s Nicklaus Tournament and Stadium courses this morning. At the finish line, the top 25 (and ties) will collect their cards.

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Nov
29
2011
By Stephanie Wei under Behind the Scenes

Just another day in paradise!

While the majority of the media corps arrived in the L.A. area for the Chevron World Challenge, Tiger’s money-grab event (but proceeds all go to charity so hooray!), I stepped off a plane about two hours east in Palm Springs for my second-favorite tournament of the year (fave is the British Open), PGA Tour Q-School finals at PGA West. Which might seem strange to some, but I love the atmosphere, the concept of 150-plus guys — most of whom had to endure the first- and second- stages — whittled down from an original pool of thousands, with some fighting for a shot at livin’ the dream (for the first, fourth or tenth time) , others trying to get their jobs back and just one playing out of boredom.

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Jun
16
2011
By Stephanie Wei under Behind the Scenes

With some cajoling and arm-twisting, I managed to convince Chris Wilson, along with his caddie Blake Sattler, to provide some commentary of their first US Open with the accompanying pictures and videos taken on their cell phones. I met Chris last year when he was a PGA Tour rookie. He has the cutest dog in the world named Avery. Chris earned a spot at the US Open by firing a 36-hole total of eight-under at the Sectional qualifier in Columbus, near his hometown of Dublin, Ohio.

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Jun
10
2011

Marc Leishman at Brookside

Yesterday I wrote a behind-the-scenes column on the US Open Sectional Qualifer in Columbus, Ohio. I mentioned a few players, but I talked to plenty more. You see, everyone was just hanging out on the patio or pacing near the leaderboard. In other words, it wasn’t hard to chat with a guy. At PGA Tour events and/or majors, the players usually sign their scorecards and make a dash for the locker room if they don’t feel like talking. But like I’ve said, this was a laid-back environment (and there were probably only three other reporters). So, here we go!

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Nov
8
2010

Chris Wilson and his caddie Adam Ellison practice synchronized chipping at the Travelers Championship

Thanks to Chris Wilson, a rookie on the PGA Tour this year, for writing a guest blog. (He also did a Q&A with WUP in the beginning of the season.) Chris is playing in the Children’s Miracle Classic, the final Fall Series event, this week. He’s 212th on the Official Money List, so to keep his job, he needs to win. Otherwise, he hopes to climb to top-200 on the money list to earn status on the Nationwide Tour, but he’ll be returning to the second stage of PGA Tour Q-school next week. Good luck, Chris!

Most of the time in sports, numbers do not lie. However, there are the rare exceptions when a team or players’ numbers contradict the outcome of the game. Golf is a sport where there is no team or team numbers, but rather only individual numbers. These numbers, or stats, are never big enough to hide behind if necessary.

In golf, especially at the highest level of competition in the world, there can be extremely lonely moments on the golf course and sometimes those moments can even define you after the round or tournament is over. This is why it is so important to have a solid foundation of people around you and that you yourself be a person of high moral character who is readily available to put others first. I learned these life lessons along with a few others in my rookie year on the PGA Tour.

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Jun
27
2010
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

PGA Tour rookie Chris Wilson and his caddie Adam Ellison take a moment to show off their synchronized chipping act in the practice area at TPC River Highlands on Saturday.

Unfortunately, Chris missed the cut, but he was getting in some practice before heading down to New Jersey to see his swing coach. I had a good time hanging out with them Friday night when we had our brush with greatness. Just to preface this, try not to get too jealous.

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