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June 30 2011

3:45 PM

Wilson grabs early lead

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. -- Dean Wilson is the early clubhouse leader after carding a 3-under 67 Thursday at Aronimink.

That might not sound very low, or you might think the chances of it holding up are slim, but considering Aronimink ranked as the fourth-toughest course on the PGA TOUR last year (and second-toughest non-major venue), it just might stand. Wilson made two birdies, an eagle and a bogey.

It’s been an up-and-down year for Wilson, who came into this week having missed three of his last five cuts. But he’s also had some good weeks, like at the Valero Texas Open, where he tied for 11th, and at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, where he was in contention after a second-round 64 before finishing 71-75 on the weekend.

Wilson also got some help from his instructor Andy Plummer -- one half of the stack-and-tilt guys -- who used to be a teaching pro here at Aronimink.

“I think I have a good grasp on how tough this course is, so I'm really happy with 3 under,” said Wilson, who has played this course a number of times before. “I think with the rain earlier in the week, for us this morning and probably for the guys later today, it's going to be a little easier to hold the fairways. You're not going to have too many roll through the fairways or even on the greens, but if the weather stays like this I'm sure it'll firm up and by the end of the week it'll be pretty tough to control your shots.”

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