Oliver Wilson Diary: After another 9 holes, rookie feels better about game, but not warmer

Wednesday, April 08, 2009
By Oliver Wilson

Masters Week is a homecoming of sorts for 28-year-old Englishman Oliver Wilson, who played for Augusta State University from 2000 to 2003. Wilson became the school's only three-time All-American. Wilson, who as a senior was briefly ranked as the No. 1 collegeiate golfer, is sharing his experiences in his Masters debut with The Augusta Chronicle in a diary.


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I really feel I took a step forward today. I played nine holes with Stephen Ames. I worked a bit on my posture and got in a good position. I hit it better than yesterday.

Conditions were brutally hard out there. If I had two or three Masters under my belt, I wouldn't have played. But I just felt I had to get out there to get accustomed to the environment. I wanted to get a feel for the short shots I'll have to play if I miss some greens.

The ball was oscillating on the greens. If you tried to hit a straight putt, it could go several different ways because of the wind. It was very, very difficult.

I'm feeling much more comfortable in the surroundings. Now with a lot of the press work done, I'm able to get into my routine. ...

I really hit the ball technically better, which gives me a boost of confidence. My posture and my swing felt better. I felt like I was hitting quality golf shots today as opposed to yesterday, when I didn't feel some of the golf shots were as good as I'm capable of hitting.

This afternoon, I did a lot of wedge work and got some distances down. I'll revisit that. It was still a little bit windy and cold. I don't know if that's going to be a true representation of yardage. The wedge game is certainly important, especially on the par-5 holes.

I'm going to play nine holes (today). The weather's going to be a little better, a little calmer. I'm going to try to do a bit more distance work. I'm going to really concentrate on hitting iron shots into greens. I really just want to see how the golf course is going to play a little calmer.

(Former college teammate) Jayce Stepp is coming in (tonight) and everybody seems to be sort of trickling in over the next two days.

I want to win the Par-3 Contest. I want to go and do as well as I can. I'm really looking forward to it, and I'm looking forward to most all of the guys being in town. I'm looking forward to kind of winding down. It'll be very relaxed. I want to go out there and enjoy myself.In this StoryStephen Ames (Stats | Bio | Photos)Oliver Wilson (Stats | Bio | Photos)