Can Wilson cap off a miracle comeback?

June, 12, 2014

PINEHURST, N.C. -- Barring a golf miracle, the 114th U.S. Open is going to be deprived of a never-seen-before sight: a player walking down the 18th fairway Sunday ... wearing a cap and gown.

Cameron Wilson, a Stanford senior and NCAA champion who was one of the last players to make the 156-man field, is 8-over par through 15 holes. He has virtually no chance of making the cut, which is too bad, considering his pre-U.S. Open promise.

Wilson is going to miss his graduation ceremony at Stanford on Sunday. His twin sister, also a Stanford senior, will receive her diploma. And the Wilson family will be in Palo Alto for the big day. So will Wilson -- in spirit. The family is bringing a life-size cardboard cutout of Wilson to the ceremony.

But just think if Wilson somehow makes the cut. He has vowed to don his cap and gown (he brought the box to Pinehurst) on the 18th tee box Sunday and wear it down the fairway. It would be another first for Nerd Nation.

UPDATE: Wilson finished Round 1 with an 8-over, 78.