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20 year old Matthew Wolff is set for a big professional career. In less than 3 weeks after turning pro, Wolff won his first PGA Tour tournament at the 3M Open in spectacular fashion. Playing off a sponsored invite he won’t have to worry about his Tour card anymore as he picked up a cheque for $1.152 million USD dollars and full exemption on the PGA Tour for the next year.
Chasing down Bryson DeChambeau on Saturday starting 8 strokes back, Wolff closed with a 62. The round on Saturday included a run where he was 6 under through 7 holes and even had a bogey on the 17th hole for the lowest round in the field.
Heading into the final round Wolff was tied in the lead with DeChambeau and another young gun Collin Morikawa who was looking for his first PGA Tour victory as well. Both made bogeys on the 7th and 9th and Wolff got off to a solid start but both stumbled before the turn. Wolff made a bogey on the 9th hole and DeChambeau made bogeys on the 7th and 9th and things were starting to tighten up. At the turn Wolff had a one shot lead over DeChambeau and a two shot lead over Morikawa.
In what was a thrilling finish the three overnight leaders all went low. Morikawa knew he had to make up some ground and went to birdie the 11th, 12th and 13th to try to get back into the tournament. He finished with 3 more birdies to close but the gap was too large.
It was a seesaw battle between and it came down to the final hole to decide the tournament. The 18th hole was a par 5 and DeChambeau had hit his second to 7 foot. As Wolff was back on the fairway he saw the putt disappear into the hole for eagle and knew that DeChambeau had the lead.
“It was kind of a delay actually from the crowd roar to when I saw him throw the fist pump,” Wolff recalled later. “So, it was great playing by Bryson. He's obviously one of the best players in the world and he's proven himself. To be able to have a chance against him is awesome.
“But my mindset was kind of the same with that shot. I knew I was going to go for it… And when he did that, I kind of told myself and talked to Steve, it would be pretty special to roll in an eagle and finish this deal off on 18. Kind of that little adrenaline boost, I guess kind of motivated me.”
It all came down to Wolff, eagle for the win or birdie for extra holes. With 5 iron in his hand he tried to cut it from the left side of the green but it just hung out there. With a 26 feet eagle putt he knew what he had to do but no one expected this tour rookie to make it.
“I've been told so many times before that I was born for moments like these, I live for moments like these,” Wolff said. “It doesn't get better than this.
“I had a blast out there, and to make that putt was everything. You know, for me it was just kind of staying calm, doing what I do. And not a lot of putts were dropping today. I kind of told myself, you know, this wouldn't be a bad time for one to go my way. …
“It was the most excited I've ever been. I'm usually not an emotional guy at all, but tears definitely came to my eyes when I stepped off and picked that ball up out of the hole.”
“He was just telling me how proud of me he was,” Wolff said. “And it's something that we talked about since the beginning of the week just being myself and I didn't really say much because I was crying.
“But just all the work that he's done has been really helpful and I really appreciate everything … and I’m looking to a great future with him.”