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Willy Wilcox: Hooters Tour to the PGA Tour

Will Wilcox has spent 11 years as a pro and we hear what’s worked and what hasn’t along his journey. From hitting balls on the range till his hands bleed to earning his PGA Tour card after spending the off season on the island of Saint Croix. This is a good one!

Below are just a few fascinating snippets from Will on his development as a junior / college golfer.

Getting started in golf…

It was minimum 27 holes a day. I mean it was just golf, golf, golf. I’d just play it all day long. From the age of 11-12 on, I didn’t miss a day in the summer unless it was raining. I was just logging thousands of holes of golf.

There were 6-7 kids that were 2-3 years older than me that were good players. I got lucky.

If I would have been, six, eight years younger I don’t think I would’ve been able to cultivate the golf talent that I was able to. I just kind of got lucky in the area I grew up. The course is being open because now they are not.

The grind of getting REALLY good…

I just loved to hit balls until they were literally dripping with blood.

It was cold and windy and they would crack after hours on the range. I loved to show my girlfriend because she was a hater at the time and that was proof that I was going to make money.

I was hitting balls for at least six hours a day and at the time I didn’t know enough about mechanics to where it could have screwed me up.

Always a new challenge,

You need to land all these five irons within a radius of that blue pole out there and, and, and I would do it until I can do 10 in a row type thing.

It was always little competitions in my head. That definitely helped.

ABOUT WILL WILCOX

Willy Wilcox (born June 2, 1986) is an American professional golfer and member of the PGA Tour

Wilcox was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He played college golf at University of Alabama at Birmingham and Clayton State University. He was a three-time All-American. He also won the 2008 Alabama Amateur.

Wilcox turned professional in 2009 and played on the Hooters Tour from 2009 to 2011, winning twice. He played on the Canadian Tour in 2010, winning once at the Dakota Dunes Casino Open and finishing fourth on the Order of Merit. He has played on the Web.com Tour since 2011 and won the 2013 South Georgia Classic.

On July 14, 2013, Wilcox became only the fourth professional golfer in Web.com Tour history to shoot 59 for a round. Wilcox’s card had 10 birdies, seven pars, and an eagle for a 12-under score in the final round of the Utah Championship at Willow Creek CC in Sandy, Utah. He finished seventh on the 2013 Web.com Tour regular season money list to earn his 2014 PGA Tour card. He had two top-10 finishes in his first season on the PGA tour and finished 142nd in FedEx Cup points, which was good enough to retain his card for 2015.

Wilcox shot a final round 67 at the 2015 Barbasol Championship, where he finished solo second. Willy finished the 2015 PGA Tour in 97th place in the FedEx Cup points, qualified for the playoffs, and ended up ranked #2 in the PGA Tour’s “All Around” statistics between Jason Day and Jordan Spieth.

Wilcox recorded the first hole-in-one (since 2002) on the famous 17th hole at the TPC at Sawgrass Stadium course during the 2016 Players Championship, but finished the season ranked 138th and missed the 2016 playoffs. Following the 2017 season, Wilcox lost his PGA Tour card after finishing 202nd. He has primarily played on the Web.com Tour since.

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