Here's a good example of Dean Wilson's current status on the PGA TOUR: he's still an alternate for next week's Greenbrier Classic. That how tough it's been for him to get into events on his past champion status.
Granted, he won his tournament (The International) only four years ago, so he's been able to get into nine events. That is not bad for someone without any other status, and he knows it. For him to be leading the RBC Canadian Open after 54 holes is like playing with the house's money.
"I'm a little more appreciative of getting in tournaments and playing and being out here and fighting and being in the battle," said Wilson, who turns 41 later this year. "So yeah, that time away makes you think about, you know, what you don't have. And sometimes when you're playing, every guy goes through it, you're playing tournament after tournament after tournament and things don't go your way, aw, I've got next week.
"You know, I don't have next week. So I've gotta take advantage of the rounds that I have, and I think that's my attitude now. I think it's a lot better."
Wilson tees off with Carl Pettersson with the lead at 1:45 p.m. ET, but he likes the later start.
"Anytime I have a late tee time, it feels good," Wilson said. "Those ones where I have to tee off at 7 a.m. or something on Thursday or Friday, it's tough to get some good sleep."