2021 Zurich Classic: Collin Morikawa, Matthew Wolff Blow Up Friday

At the 2021 Zurich Classic, there were a few groups that appeared to have advantages over the rest of the field. Obviously, the defending champions, Jon Rahm and Ryan Palmer, were a trendy pick, as was the Aussie duo of Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman. Other people leaned in the direction of the young pairing of Collin Morikawa and Matthew Wolff. With all of that talent in one duo, what could possibly go wrong?

We found out that answer this week in Louisiana. And the answer was that more things went wrong than went right.

On Thursday, playing in the four-ball portion of the event, Morikawa and Wolff had less than their best. While there were a number of teams shooting eight or nine under par, the Morikawa/Wolff pairing could only muster a 2-under par round of 70. That left them in a tie for 70th place out of 80 teams.

On Friday, playing in the foursome (alternate shot) portion of the event, things went from bad to worse for Morikawa and Wolff.

Playing the back nine first, the pair started their round with pars on the 10th and 11th holes. But on the 12th hole, the slide started.

Wolff teed off and hit his drive way right. Morikawa was able to get the ball near the green in two on the par four. However, Wolff hit a chip shot that left Morikawa about 15 feet for par. He would miss and the group dropped to 1-over on the round.

The group would par the 13th and 14th holes before things went really bad.

On 15, it was a three-putt bogey that dropped the pair to 2-over par. Then on 16, the round went completely off the rails.

Wolff hit his drive somewhere into Texas (not really, but close), and the pair had to take a penalty. Morikawa got them in the fairway in three and Wolff got them on the green in four. Two putts later, it was a double bogey and the round was essentially over.

Morikawa and Wolff would go on to shoot a 5-over par 77 on the day. That dropped them into 78th place, only ahead of two groups. Morikawa and Wolff would miss the cut by a landslide.

Seen as a dark horse duo to win this week, Morikawa and Wolff won’t even be around for the weekend.