Most would think that Bryson DeChambeau is the hottest player on the PGA Tour. But it might actually be Matthew Wolff, who will win at the CJ Cup this week.
Matthew Wolff is in the field again this week on the PGA Tour. After playing in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas last week, Wolff will play there again, this time teeing it up in the CJ Cup.
Wolff has made two starts on the young PGA Tour season so far, and he has had quite a bit of success. His first start was at the U.S. Open at Winged Foot, where he went at it with Bryson DeChambeau before coming up short, ultimately finishing second.
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Last week at the Shriners, Wolff again found himself in contention after shooting 28 on the back nine, with three eagles, on Saturday. His round of 61 vaulted him up the leaderboard and he would eventually finish in a tie for second after Martin Laird birdied the second playoff hole to beat Wolff and Austin Cook.
Still, that’s a pair of runner-up finishes so far this season for the 21-year-old Wolff. He has proven that he’s much more than just a guy who hits the ball a long way. He’s got plenty of game to go with his swagger.
Wolff earned his first, and to this point only, PGA Tour win at the 3M Open in 2019. He has played in a total of 31 PGA Tour events in his career, with a win and three runner-ups. Not bad for someone his age.
To the surprise of exactly no one, Wolff currently leads the tour in eagles and is second in scoring average. And, with his outstanding early season, he has also managed to work his way up to 12th in the Official World Golf Rankings. In fact, he’s the youngest player in the world top 25 by two years. Collin Morikawa, who is ranked sixth in the world, is 23.
This week, Wolff will once again be facing a field that includes a number of the world’s best players. Despite the withdrawal of Dustin Johnson due to a COVID-19 diagnosis, Wolff will still have to contend with the likes of Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm and others.
Playing against highly-ranked players has not affected Wolff in the past, and it won’t affect him this week either. This week in Las Vegas, he takes the next step, or in his case the only step, forward and wins at the CJ Cup for his second PGA Tour victory. Wolff stays hot and makes his run at the world’s top 10, which he is likely to achieve sooner rather than later.