Okay, I’ll admit it. I was way off on Matthew Wolff last week.
Two straight runner-up finishes had me believing the 21-year-old phenom was due to cash in soon enough. He was already a winner last year at the 3M Open, remember?
Well, I also remembered that contending can take a lot out of a golfer. Wolff looked sluggish at the CJ Cup en route to 73rd out of 78 (80-73-69-77).
That poor performance drops him down the rankings this week. To keep him out of the top 10 would be an overreach.
He finished top-five for the second time in as many majors with solo second at the U.S. Open. The former Oklahoma State Cowboy took a couple weeks before getting right back on the horse for T-2nd at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
After a dismal 80 on Thursday at the CJ Cup, I don’t fault him too much for not grinding it out at a no-cut, guaranteed money event.
Wolff will hit the reset button and play well in his backyard. He grew up about a dozen miles away in Simi Valley.
Whether or not he’s particularly familiar with Sherwood Country Club, it looks like a decent fit for him. He can overpower a relatively short course that has decent size fairways.
Wolff’s one of the longest hitters in the game stacking up at ninth in driving distance (311.6) on the PGA Tour in 2019-2020. That helped him to 12th in strokes gained off the tee (.607).
The Zozo Championship is another no-cut event. As long as he gets off to a decent start Thursday, I like Wolff to be engaged and in contention for all 72 holes.