DANIELS, W.Va. -- Chris Wilson isn't a boxer, but after one fully exempt season on the PGA Tour, he felt like one.
"I got beat up pretty well," said Wilson, who took a step Monday toward trying to regain his PGA Tour card by surviving a three-hole playoff to earn one of the four final spots in the Greenbrier Classic. "I took a few punches."
Wilson, Michael Maness, Garrett Willis and Jonathan Mills punched their tickets to this week's PGA Tour stop in White Sulphur Springs by shooting an 18-hole score of 6-under 66, then riding out a six-man playoff that didn't end until a bogey on the third by Ryan Blaum eliminated the final player.
The first one in was Mills, a former Kent State player who birdied the first playoff hole.
It took Wilson a little bit longer, but, then again, the Columbus, Ohio native has learned how to be patient. He graduated from Northwestern University in 2007 and, less than three years later, finished 12th at Qualifying school.
Suddenly, he was a PGA Tour player with very little experience or knowledge.
He said the numbers explain the situation he was in.
"I don't know what the numbers are, but somebody did a study," Wilson said.
"If you retain your Tour card and had at least one year of Nationwide Tour experience, it's like 20 percent. If you never had any status, it's like .4 percent. The 2009 Memorial was the only PGA Tour event I had played in."
In 28 Tour starts, he made only seven cuts.
The Greenbrier Classic will be his second Tour appearance this year - he also played in the Memorial where he failed to make the cut.
"I definitely wasn't ready when I first got it in 2010," Wilson said. "I had a great couple weeks at Q school. But, I had two years on the mini tours prior to that.
"That will prepare you for a certain kind of golf, but to play on the PGA Tour and even the Nationwide Tour, the courses are so much more difficult and you have to pick your spots where you'll be conservative. On the mini tours, you're being aggressive all the way around and trying to make a bunch of birdies.