Oliver Wilson

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Oliver Wilson
— Golfer —
Oliver wilson abu dhabi 2009.jpg
Personal information
Full name Oliver John Wilson
Born (1980-09-14) 14 September 1980 (age 34)
Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 168 lb (76 kg; 12.0 st)
Nationality  England
Residence Mansfield, Notts, England
Augusta, Georgia, U.S.
Spouse Lauren
Career
College Augusta State University
Turned professional 2003
Current tour(s) European Tour
Professional wins 1
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 1
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament CUT: 2009, 2010
U.S. Open T23: 2009
The Open Championship T24: 2009
PGA Championship T19: 2009

Oliver John Wilson (born 14 September 1980) is an English professional golfer.

Wilson was born in Mansfield, England, where his golfing career began at Coxmoor Golf Club, having been a junior at Oakmere Park Golf Club.

After playing collegiately at Augusta State University, 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 March 15, 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.

After 228 European Tour starts, including nine runner-up finishes, Wilson finally earned his first win at the 2014 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, picking up a cheque for $800,000. 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]

Professional wins (1)[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 England Tommy Fleetwood, Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy
Scotland Richie Ramsay

European Tour playoff record (0–4)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2005 Volvo China Open England Paul Casey Lost to birdie on first extra hole
2 2007 Johnnie Walker Classic South Africa Anton Haig, South Africa Richard Sterne Haig won with birdie on first extra hole
3 2008 BMW PGA Championship Spain Miguel Ángel Jiménez Lost to birdie on second extra hole
4 2009 HSBC Champions Spain Sergio García Lost to birdie on second extra hole

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP CUT CUT
U.S. Open CUT DNP T36 T23 CUT
The Open Championship DNP CUT CUT T24 CUT
PGA Championship DNP DNP CUT T19 CUT

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

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 4 1
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 1
Totals 0 0 0 0 0 3 13 4
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 3 (2009 U.S. Open – 2009 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 0

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

  • Walker Cup (representing Great Britain & Ireland): 2003 (winners)
  • Palmer Cup (representing Great Britain & Ireland/Europe): 2001, 2002, 2003 (winners)

Professional

References[edit]

  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. 

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