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Tuesday, 27 November 2012
Oliver Wilson   (Getty Images)
Oliver Wilson (Getty Images)
Former Ryder Cup player Oliver Wilson admitted that the first Qualifying School Final Stage of his career has been an emotional rollercoaster after the Englishman just made the cut by one shot thanks to a two under par fourth round 70.

Playing on the tougher Stadium Course and faced with the very real possibility of missing the cut at PGA Catalunya Resort, Wilson said afterwards that he has been feeling the pressure all week.

The 32 year old is currently five shots back from the top 25 and ties who earn a European Tour card at the conclusion of the six-round tournament, but he is keen to take the positives after an opening four days in which he has carded a triple bogey, three double bogeys,13 bogeys,17 birdies and two eagles.

“I've had nerves all week,” he said. “I'm playing fine but I'm not driving it well. The Stadium Course is tough and a great course to have at Q-School. It tests you so it’s been hard work off the tee.

“I'm still alive and I have to put in two good rounds over the next few days but it’s doable and I'm not a million miles away. If you play well you can make birdies but it’s easy to drop shots too, so I just have to get it in play and I’ll be fine - but that’s easier said than done.

“I only have myself to blame for being in a position where I needed a good score on the tougher course. I didn’t take advantage of playing the shorter Tour Course on the third day, dropping six shots in four holes to finish, so I was deflated.

“I had to do the hard work around the big course today and I did that so I’m quite pleased with myself. I have two days left now so I just have to play better.”

Having beaten Phil Mickelson and Anthony Kim in The 2008 Ryder Cup alongside Henrik Stenson, Wilson knows about dealing with pressure and he described the many emotions he has dealt with this week in typically honest fashion

 “You have to keep as positive as you can,” he said. “It’s my first time at Q-School and it’s a long week. I made some big numbers on the first few days and you feel like the world is going to end but it’s amazing, if you can hang in there and be patient all of a sudden it feels so much better.

 

“It is four days down now and we’re only just over halfway, so it’s a rollercoaster ride but you have to take the positives and work on the bad bits.”

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