Las Vegas, Nevada (July 24, 2010)–Dean Wilson is just one of more than 30 pro golfers who play the major tours who have strong ties to Las Vegas golf courses. And this week, Wilson, a resident who plays and practices at TPC Las Vegas, was the leader heading into the weekend at the RBC Canadian Open. But could the one-time PGA Tour champ stand the heat in the so-called kitchen? LIVE SCORING.–By Brian Hurlburt.
"I'll sleep like a baby," said Wilson candidly following his second round. "I'm pretty tired. You know, I've never had the lead on the PGA TOUR. Maybe I have, in Texas. So I think I'll be okay. You know, I was able to win in Japan, and when I've got myself in contention here on Tour, I've been able to get one win. So I'm comfortable with it. I mean I'm excited. I want to be in contention. I want to be up there, so I'm excited for the weekend." Wilson had a two-round total of 10-under par and was tied with Tim Clark, and was looking to capitalize on the opportunity of winning on the PGA Tour.
"There's so many good players, and it's tough to break through," said Wilson, who won the final rendition of the Sprint International in 1996. "Once you get your game up there and you're playing well and at the top of the leaderboard is one step and being able to handle the pressure and sleep with the lead or just feel comfortable doing it. It just takes a lot of experience, and it seems like we got a bunch of guys now, Tiger, Phil, Vijay, they know how to do it. They just keep winning, so it's harder to get the first-time win. But it seems like of late this year and a little bit last year a lot of guys have been breaking through, so it's nice to see."
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"I think I may get out there this weekend with a little more confidence than I had before, but I certainly don't feel different," said Clark, who won the PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP. "Maybe when I get out there under pressure, I will start to feel different. I haven't played that great since THE PLAYERS. I did play well at John Deere my last few rounds. And the game's been in good shape, and I'm just sort of waiting to get on a golf course that suits my game." The above quotes are from ASAPSports.com, the official transcription service of the PGA Tour. GolfLasVegasNow.com is a credentialed PGA Tour media outlet.