July 24 2010
Dean Wilson said after the third round that he was inspired by Matt Bettencourt's outta-nowhere win last week at the Reno-Tahoe Open, where Bettencourt reversed a miserable year with an upset victory.
"You know, he wasn't playing his best; he was missing some cuts and he wins. And Bob Heintz wasn't playing too well and he was up there," Wilson said. "So I tried to talk myself into it, say, hey, I've got it. Just give me the chance; and if these guys can do it, I can do it, too. And just keep fighting, and that's the great thing about golf. You know, anything can happen. "
"No one expected Louis Oosthuizen to win the British Open, but he just mowed over everybody and played great golf, and you never know when it's going to happen, so you just have to keep fighting and stick to it."
As mentioned earlier, Wilson lost his card after a miserable 2009 season in which he battled injuries that kept him from working on his game as much as he'd like. He's got a lot riding on the final round, and the nervousness is not something he can control. He's used to it.
"I played well [under pressure] when I won in Japan six times, and any time you can get any kind of win under your belt, it helps," Wilson said. "And you know, for me at the time over there, they were huge wins for me."
"And I was as nervous as I could get, and even playing state opens and things before I got on TOUR, I needed to win those tournaments to keep going, and I was as nervous as I could be; so I bank on those memories and try to keep pushing forward."