Ohio's Golf Magazine July 2009 : Page 6

OH O’s GOLF Dublin’s Chris Wilson gets Memorial invite Chris Wilson When Ohio’s Golf last talked with Dublin Coff- man grad Chris Wil- son in March, he was hoping to receive an invitation to play in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational at the Ohio State Univer- sity Scarlet Course, July 30-August 2. The Hooters Tour regular who had yet to play in a Nationwide or PGA Tour event did one better, earning a sponsor exemption into the Memorial Tournament field. “I didn’t believe it at first,” Wilson told Ohio’s Golf. “Then I was super excited. Coming to this tourna- ment was something I have always dreamed of.” Wilson shot a disappointing 79-77—156 and missed the cut, but overall his first PGA Tour appearance was a positive one. “It was a great first experience and to do it right out- side my backdoor, you can’t beat that,” Wilson said. “I didn’t play anywhere near how I am capable of playing. Out here you make a few errant swings and it will hit you really hard and really fast on this golf course. I wasn’t nervous. I was excited and ready to go.” Wilson said the experience will help him on the Hoot- ers Tour and as he works to achieve his goal of earn- ing full-time status on the PGA Tour. “I learned that when I am playing well and I have my best game I can play out here with these guys, it was just a few putts here and there and a few swings here and there.” Wilson’s first tournament after the Memorial was a T-22 finish at the Hooters Buffalo Run Casino Clas- sic, June 15-21 in Miami, Okla. It was his third top-25 finish in six events this season on the Hooters Pro Tour. In February he captured his first champion- ship as a professional in the final event of the Hoot- ers Tour’s Bridgestone Winter Series at Stoneybrook West Golf Club in Winter Garden, Fla. Before his trip to Oklahoma, Wilson’s golf season took a brief detour. He was scheduled to have his 6 1 JULY 2009 • WWW.OHIOSGOLF.COM wisdom teeth removed the week following the Memo- rial. Asked to compare getting his wisdom teeth removed to the downhill chip he had on his final hole of the tournament, Wilson humorously summed up the challenge of being out of position on the dry Muirfield greens. “The chip was impossible,” Wilson said of his short- sided shot on No. 18 that yielded a bogey. “Wisdom teeth is doable. The chip was impossible.” Other Ohioans in the field Ostrander native Ben Curtis woke up on Sunday with a chance to surpass his career- best T-8 finish in the Memorial. By the time he packed his clubs that afternoon, he had slid from 21st to T-41 on the leader board. Playing for the sev- enth time in Jack’s tournament, Curtis began his final round at 2-under par, three strokes back of Woods and sev- en behind third-round leaders Bettencourt and Wil- son. His final-round 77 included two double bogeys in a 5-over par back nine. His final line: 71-71-72- 77—291 (+3). On the year, Curtis has made 11 cuts in 12 PGA Tour appearances, but has only two top-25 finishes. Jason Duffner rebounded from an opening-round 77 with a 73 in round two. But it was not enough for Duff- ner, who missed the cut by two strokes. The missed cut was only his third in 15 events this year. Duffner, who was born in Cleveland and played collegiately at Auburn, has four top-10 finishes this year and has already surpassed $1 million in earnings. Jason Duffner Woods wins at skins, too The pre-tournament Memorial Skins Game to benefit The First Tee drew at least as much attention and fan

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