Without said incident last November, the 2010 season might well be remembered for the number of victories that came out of nowhere. Not to be confused with players that come out of nowhere to win, these out-of-nowhere victories are a result of a talented player, often with some professional success in the recent past, who just happened to show no signs of his impending victory heading into the week. It's been the case at all three majors to this point. No one expected to see the likes of Graeme McDowell or Louis Oosthuizen atop a major leaderboard, and even Phil Mickelson's win at Augusta came as a bit of a surprise after his lackluster start to the 2010 season.
The regular stops on the PGA Tour have seen their own share of out-of-nowhere victors as well. Jason Day, Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy, though all big names, were under the radar when heading into the events where they were eventually victorious, not because the field was too strong, or their track record at said event was poor, but because their game was off.
It happens to the best of them. Players go through slumps, but most often, a victory only comes after a couple weeks of improvement in their game, not on the turn of a dime.
If Dean Wilson can hang on for 18 more holes on Sunday, you can add his name to that list. Wilson's had plenty of success in professional golf, both in the States and abroad. He captured his first PGA Tour win in 2006 and earned over $5 million on the PGA Tour from 2006-2008.
To say he's struggled over the past two years, however, would be an understatement. Last season, Wilson failed to crack $500,000 in earnings, and this season he's played the weekend only three times, four including this week. Not exactly the resume of someone you'd expect to win this week, yet there he is, just one more round away from coming out of nowhere to win on the PGA Tour.
- PGA Tour