Masters Rookie: Dean Wilson

Among the rookies in this year's Masters is a guy not a lot of folks have heard of: Dean Wilson. His invite came courtesy of making two and a half million bucks and finishing 22nd on the money list.

By golfing standards, Dean Wilson is not your average pro. Many tour players grew up with a golf club in their hands. Not Wilson--he didn't take up the game till he was 13.

"When I first started, I started relatively late at 13 for a junior golfer, so it took me a while to get to where I could shoot in the 70's with all the rest of the kids," he told News 12 Sports.

Not only that, but he's not from Florida, he's not from California...he's from Hawaii. There aren't a lot of pros hailing from the Pineapple State. But Wilson's no surfer dude, having left his mark on tour by winning the International this past year.

Before that, he had two brushes with greatness. First he played alongside Annika Sorenstam at Colonial.

"That was a good week," Wilson said. "It was fun playing with her and being part of that atmosphere and playing that event."

The other brush with greatness: he was college roommates with 2003 Masters champ Mike Weir at Brigham Young.

"We became good friends like everyone else on the team. He wasn't a superstar as a college player. He was okay and he turned pro. He was just okay, then all of a sudden he got a lot better and took it to the next level."

While they haven't talked too much about playing the Masters, it wouldn't come as much of a surprise if you see them paired together in a practice round or two.

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