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Callaway’s Oliver Wilson awarded Golfer of the Month for October
Oliver Wilson’s meteoric rise from also-ran to headliner continues to plough along as he was awarded the distinct accolade of being named European Tour Golfer of the Month for October 2014.
The Callaway man – who drew headlines when he captured the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship while ranked at 792nd in the world rankings – received an engraved dish and some Jeroboam of Moët & Chandon champagne after posting scores of 64-72-65-70 for a 17 under par total of 271; one ahead of England’s Tommy Fleetwood, Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy and Scotland’s Richie Ramsay.
Like an astronaut strapped into his seat, Wilson didn’t just climb but flew up from 252nd to 39th in The 2014 Race to Dubai and earn himself entry into The Final Series, culminating with the DP World Tour Championship, held between 20-23 of November.
Wilson was playing on a sponsor’s invitation and made sure he worked hard for the faith placed on his shoulders, sealing victory on the Old Course at St Andrews to complete an incredible turnaround in fortunes. Before that he had lost his European Tour exemption status at the tail end of 2011 after playing in The 2008 Ryder Cup and notched a Tour record nine runner-up finishes without a victory.
Speaking on the eve of the WGC-HSBC Champions, a tournament he came so close to winning in 2009 when he lost a play-off to TaylorMade’s Sergio Garcia, Wilson said: “It’s the first time I’ve managed to win this. It’s obviously been a great month for me and it’s nice to back it up with the Golfer of the Month award.
“It’s another little memento of what I’ve achieved. I thought about what could happen earlier in the year, and if you win certain tournaments, but I don’t think the HSBC came into that equation at any stage. It’s fantastic to be back at a tournament like this. I haven’t been back since 2009. It’s a great event and I love the course.”
The European Tour Golfer of the Month panel comprises of members of the Association of Golf Writers as well as commentators from television and radio, with each member focusing their attention of winning and exceptional performances on the European Tour International Schedule. They are also asked to consider outstanding achievements worldwide.
Frenchman Alexander Levy (Portugal Masters), Finland’s Mikko Ilonen (Volvo World Match Play Championship), Australian Scott Hend (Hong Kong Open), Denmark’s Thorbjørn Olesen (ISPS HANDA Perth International) and Germany’s Marcel Siem, who claimed the BMW Masters, the first of the Final Series events, following a play-off with England’s Ross Fisher and Levy, were also all winners on The 2014 European Tour International Schedule in October.