Matthew Wolff was, well, awful last week at the CJ Cup. Can he bounce back this week at the Zozo Championship at Sherwood Country Club?
Prior to the CJ Cup last week in Las Vegas, many people, including yours truly, thought Matthew Wolff was one of the favorites, if not the outright favorite, to win. Obviously, that didn’t happen. But can Wolff bounce back this week at the Zozo Championship in California?
Last week was not Wolff’s week, plain and simple. He came out of the gate with a terrible round on Thursday, when he shot an 80. He found himself in dead last out of the 78 players that were in the field last week.
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Friday was slightly better for the California native, as he shot a 73. Still, Wolff was in last place through two rounds at the CJ Cup.
Wolff got things going on Saturday, when he shot his only under-par round of the week, a 69. The good times did not last, however, as Wolff shot a 77 on Sunday. Ultimately, he finished in 73rd place, beating only four players who finished the event at Shadow Creek.
That result was totally unexpected from Wolff, who had gotten off to a flying start for the 2020-21 season.
In his first start of the young season, Wolff went head-to-head and toe-to-toe with Bryson DeChambeau in the U.S. Open at Winged Foot. Wolff opened with a 66, then shot 74 on Friday. His Saturday 65 put him right in the mix before his 75 on Sunday left him in second place. It was his best finish in a major in his young career.
Two weeks ago, at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, Wolff got himself into contention with a sparkling 61 on Saturday, then did enough to make it into the three-way playoff on Sunday. But it was Martin Laird who birdied the second playoff hole to take home the victory, leaving Wolff as a bridesmaid once again.
With two second-place finishes under his belt, it made sense that Wolff would contend last week. But, as we discussed earlier, he didn’t.
The guess here is that last week was the outlier. Wolff has been playing too well for something like that to happen. Perhaps it was just a product of being 21 years old (and in Vegas, no less).
This week, the guess is that Wolff gets back on track at Sherwood Country Club in the Zozo Championship. He should be one of those in the mix on the weekend, and it would not be a surprise to see him get another PGA Tour win.