Coxmoor’s Oliver Wilson will be glad to see the back of 2011 after losing his full playing privileges on the European Tour, in a year wracked by illness and a loss of form.
But he has decided not to go to the Tour’s final qualifying stage at PGA Catalunya Resort, starting on Saturday.
Instead he will rely on his existing category to get some starts on the Tour next year.
Oliver feels if he is fit he will earn enough to kick start his career in 2012.
And with a new year, the former Ryder Cup player has a new coach, having signed up with Graham Walker, the lead coach to the England A squad and technical coach to the U18 squad, based at The Oaks Golf Club, near Bubwith, Yorkshire, and he already feels his swing is getting back on track.
Wilson is not blaming anybody but himself for the position he finds himself in, admitting to poor decision-making as well as illness and some bad driving which has resulted such a disappointing year.
He said: “I have made some bad decisions.
“I have been playing too much, trying to secure my card. I needed to be more disciplined with my scheduling.
“I should have missed a couple of tournaments and prepared better. I knew that, but it’s not so easy when it is your card on the line.”
Wilson has decided to fly to the States for some ‘R&R’ and finally get tests on his illness carried out after a long tiring 31-tournament season. As he says, “As long as I learn, I’ll be back stronger than ever, hopefully starting in January in South Africa.”