On Sunday, though, the 34-year-old ended a 227-event winless drought and won the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, holding off (among others) Rory McIlroy during the final round at St. Andrews.
The surprising victory vaulted Wilson a whopping 636 spots in the world ranking – from No. 792 to No. 156.
Prior to this victory, Wilson’s best result this season was a tie for 17th at the Challenge Tour’s Kenya Open. He had missed three of his last four cuts on Europe’s developmental circuit.
Led by No. 9 Matt Kuchar, four of the top-26 players in the world will tee it up this week at the Frys.com Open, the first event on the 2014-15 PGA Tour schedule. Defending champion Jimmy Walker, Hideki Matsuyama, Hunter Mahan and Lee Westwood are also in the field.