Wilson, Weir share Open downfalls

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:25 AM ET

As college friends, teammates and fellow professionals, Mike Weir and Dean Wilson have many shared experiences, and now they have another. Both have been bitterly disappointed by the Canadian Open.

As the native-born son voted most likely to win the event, Weir has always had big pressure to win on home soil and seemed to have it under control in 2004 until Vijay Singh took it away from him.

Sunday, needing this championship to solidify his exempt status on the PGA Tour, Wilson saw his four-shot lead disappear in the last nine holes, losing to Carl Pettersson.

Hes always cheering for me, said Wilson, of Weir. I got a text from him (Sunday morning). He told me to Go get em.

Im a little disappointed I didnt do it. But Im not as disappointed as I was when he didnt win in 2004, though. There was a tear in my eye out there that day. I am happy to have had a shot, be close and be in the mix.

Wilson lost his PGA Tour exempt status last season by finishing outside the top 125 money earners and was unable to get that status back at Qualifying School last December.

He plays the odd event on sponsor exemptions when he can get them, which is how he got into the Canadian Open this week. The victory that he held in his hand with just five holes to go Sunday, would not only have paid him $918,000 (US) but it would have provided him fully exempt status for the next two years, something that is vital to anyone who wants to make his living on the PGA Tour.

By finishing second, he gets a guaranteed spot in the field at next weeks PGA event in West Virginia. But, after that? It all depends on how he performs.

Its tough, he said. If you had told me at the beginning of the week that I could have second by myself, I would have taken it skipping. Im happy with moving up on the money list, moving up on the Fed-Ex Cup list but my options are pretty slim.

Im not going to get into very many tournaments. I will get in next week and well see. Maybe Ill get a sponsor exemption here and there. But Im going to have to make a few bucks to get into the top 125.

I need to move up to ensure my card and so I dont have to go to Q-School this year.

I knew where I stood. I knew what I had to do. I just didnt execute.

He may never get a better opportunity than the one he made for himself Sunday.


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