Aaron Wise is coming off the best season of his career. The once dominant collegiate player at Oregon has consistently kept his card since turning pro and won 2017-18 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year honors thanks to a win at the 2018 AT&T Byron Nelson.
Many thought the good times would keep rolling, but Wise is still seeking his second victory.
It looks like another trophy could come his way soon. He made it to the Tour Championship last season and was among the names considered for the final captain’s picks for the American Presidents Cup team.
Wise accrued four top-10s in 2021-22 and already has one in the early going of 2022-23. The 26-year-old took sixth at the CJ Cup a few weeks ago. He’s 3-for-3 making the cut this season, including T-15th last week at the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba. Wise is on a streak of six made cuts going back to June.
He’s making his third appearance at Memorial Park. Wise finished T-11th (70-66-69-69) in 2020 and T-26th (73-66-71-69) last year.
"“You’ve really got to manage yourself, you’ve got to miss in the right spots, and even if you’re having a bad day I feel like you can keep it around even if your short game is sharp and you’re thinking well,” Wise described Memorial Park in a 2021 Tee Scripts transcription."
Wise ranked 21st on the PGA Tour last season in total strokes gained per round (1.053). He gained strokes in every category, including approach where he was 21st (.489). Driving accuracy is one area that can plague Wise, but fortunately, that’s not the most important thing this week.
If he hits fairways, it’s a bonus. He’s proven to do well out of the thick stuff. Wise ranked 20th in proximity from the rough (42’7”).