Tuesday March 31, 2009
AUGUSTA,GA--Unless Vaughn Taylor or Charles Howell the third wins this week in Houston, the lone local tie to the masters field will be an Augusta State alum. Oliver Wilson is also probably the best player the jags program has ever seen.
"A lot of what happened in college for me is why I'm here today." said Oliver Wilson "Being in Augusta, it was such an incredible place to go to college."
For Oliver Wilson, he's one guy who won't soon forget his roots at Augusta State. The school's only three time All-American is now a Masters rookie. Joining Vaughn Taylor as former alum to play in the tournament.
"I'm very excited about it, it's going to be a great week. I'm just really, really looking to get back into the buzz of things and being inside the ropes for once. I've been to The Masters plenty of times outside the ropes, but not inside. It's also going to be a lot of fun catching up with friends from back in college." added Wilson
It's been a whirl wind year for the up and coming European star. Wilson lost in a playoff to Sergio Garcia at the end of last year and even played on the Ryder Cup team. It was his performance in Asia that pretty much guarenteed his spot in this year's field.
"I think it was the HSBC in China, was the one, so when it actually happened and I was disappointed when I lost but when I sat back and realized at what I had achieved, I was pretty happy. It'd been something I've been looking forward to for a long time, to get back there." said Wilson
Now comes the pressure of playing pretty much at home, something another Augustan can relate too.
"Yea, Oliver is a great player" said Vaughn Taylor "I'm sure it's a dream of his to play. I'm really happy for him. Oliver is a great guy and is playing real well so I hope he goes in there and plays well."
"There's going to be a lot going on" added Oliver "If I can manage that side of things well, then it will give me a much better chance to play well, but that's going to be hard to do. There's going to be a lot of things asked of me and that kind of stuff."
Wilson had a chance to play the National each of his four years at Augusta State in the early part of the decade, but hasn't played since the changes in the past few years.