At this time last year Matthew Wolff was on a cruise.
The rising PGA Tour star had placed second in a row at the US Open and Shriners Hospitals for Children Open before a lingering right hand injury helped poor form – five missed cuts, two WDs and one disqualification for signing an incorrect scorecard in 20 events with just four top-25 rankings – which plagued the rest of his 2020 super-season.
The 22-year-old looked more like the best golf fans who thought he would be at Jackson’s Country Club on Saturday, shooting an under-65 player from the morning wave to make a contention for the 2021 Sanderson Farms Championship. In fact, Wolff uses the same TaylorMade P7MC irons he used at the US Open and the Shriners after switching to the P750s this summer, according to Sean Martin of the PGA Tour.
“I think I’m just putting everything in perspective,” said Wolff, who drove 36 feet on his last hole on Friday to make the cut on the 5-under count.
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“I am getting a little older and a little more mature and unfortunately the last year has been really difficult for me and I was not in a happy position but I think at the end of the day I will learn from it and I have learned that already and I certainly know that in the future I think it will make me a better player, “explained Wolff,” because I guarantee you this is not the last time. that I’m going to have a little hiccup in my career and have that so young I feel like I’ve learned so much more already than maybe some guys that had easier careers and everything, even though he didn’t It’s not easy to have a good career all the time.
Expectations were high for the Oklahoma state product out of school, and rightly so. Wolff turned pro after a second year at Stillwater which featured a record six wins, including the individual national championship. He won the Tour a month later, beating Bryson DeChambeau and fellow rookie Collin Morikawa at the 2019 3M Open with an eagle on the 72sd hole.
The California native who now resides in Jupiter, Florida, added that he is working on the right things and that has led his game to return to the positive side. His happier mental state certainly helps too.
Yesterday, @ Matthieu_Wolff5 do a 35 by 18 footer to make the cut on the number.
He is now 1 behind the leaders. pic.twitter.com/PJekcR5YKu
– PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) October 2, 2021
Wolff took advantage of little to no wind for most of his Saturday morning walk and got into the rhythm alongside Luke List, who shot a score of under 68. He birdieed on his opening hole and added two more on # 4 and 6, with his lone bogey of the day sandwiched in between on the par-5 5th.
Another birdie on the 9 put Wolff at 3 under 33 on the turn, and the train continued to roll with a two on the 10th par-3 and a two-put birdie from 28 feet on the 11th par-5. He added two more at No.14 and 15 to put to bed his lowest score since his 61st Saturday at the Shriners last year.
“I’m really happy with where I’m putting myself and looking to have fun and just go out there and do my best tomorrow,” Wolff said.