October 15 2010
Dean Wilson is another player who could have solved his playing status for next year. All he had to do was hang on to his four-shot lead after 54 holes at the RBC Canadian Open. Alas, he shot 72 and watched as Carl Pettersson shot 67 and won by a stroke.
The victory would have given Wilson the card he lost after the 2009 season. Instead, he was back asking for sponsor invites for tournaments. Since the disappointment in Canada, Wilson has made it into just six events, with a pair of top-25s. Still, he's 122nd on the money list, and a top-10 this week would erase any doubt about his status for next year.
He may do more than that. Wilson's 64 early Friday has him at 9 under and projected to move all the way to 67th on the money list. He is first in greens hit this week at CordeValle -- he's missed just three of his first 36 greens.
To this day, Wilson remains the answer to a very curious trivia question: Who is the only current PGA TOUR player whose lone win didn't come in stroke play format? Wilson won THE INTERNATIONAL in 2006 -- the final year the Stableford-format event was held -- and he hasn't won since.