Rookie diary: Time to recharge
(Editor’s note: Chris Wilson has earned $33,360 in eight starts this season. He is 185th on the PGA Tour money list. Wilson is not in the field this week. He missed the cut at last week’s Puerto Rico Open.)
March 18, 2010
After the longest day of travel anyone has ever experienced, I finally arrived home late Monday night and slept in my own bed (the thought of which kept me going that day) for the first time since Jan. 3. It was quite the disappointing finish in Puerto Rico (Wilson bogeyed his final hole to miss the cut by one stroke), but sometimes things like that happen. Next time I am in a similar situation, hopefully I am able to pull from that experience and come out on the other side.
Wilson’s Rookie Diary
Ever wonder what life is like for a PGA Tour rookie? Well, Chris Wilson is here to tell you. Wilson, 25, will file a weekly diary on Golfweek.com to give you an insider’s view of the PGA Tour. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/TheRealCWilSon.
Now that I have two weeks away from competitive golf, I will have some time to recharge the batteries. I do not have any real big plans other than watch a lot of basketball with my bracket on my lap, play with my dog, work out with my trainer and spend time with the family and girlfriend.
Here are some interesting facts about my first stint of my first year on Tour (some are estimates, but darn close):
• Miles traveled: 18,370
• Rounds played (competitive, practice, pro-am): 45 (in 69 days)
• Nights in hotels: 20 (I knew a lot of people close to tournaments I stayed with, BIG thanks to all them!)
• Average score: 71.39
There are a few more interesting facts, such as expenses for the stint, but I won’t bore you with those and it pains me to add it all up. Looking back I was pretty lucky to have known so many people who were nice enough to open their doors to house me for the week during the events. I had private housing at the Bob Hope, San Diego, Pebble Beach, Phoenix and Honda ... and that cuts way down on expenses.
I am taking a few days off from golf completely and then starting back at practicing late this week or this weekend. The weather here in Ohio is perfect right now. I’m not sure what everyone was talking about. There is no snow here, and it’s 60 degrees and sunny every day all year, right? ‘Supposedly’ we had a brutal winter here, but I guess I brought some of the good weather from the PGA Tour back home with me. Good enough to not write anymore for now and go enjoy a ride in my new car with the sunroof open!
Thanks for reading.