The Matthew Wolff Show resumed Thursday at TPC Deere Run, as the newly-created PGA Tour winner returned to where he had stopped after his first professional win in Minnesota.
There were not a lot of fireworks – and certainly a lack of sours that did not look him – but Wolff's reminder was still impressive.
The 20-year-old phenomenon has had a whirlwind of a few days since the dramatic capture of the 3M Open Sunday – hundreds of SMS, an Instagram account that has now surpassed 100,000, a brand new tour map, a bit of sleep.
"We caught up a bit," said Wolff.
The hangover from his "virgin pina colada" celebration would have been very well understood, even though Wolff was entering the week with a 25% chance of winning at TPC Deere Run. Next Big Thing, the newest, and perhaps the most promising, seemed more comfortable than ever, playing alongside Charles Howell III and Kevin Tway, Oklahoma State alumni, while getting 67 points without bug.
"The weight on my shoulders is really huge, I'm just going out, freeing myself, and not really worrying about having to get my tour map or doing it," said Wolff after his tour, which Is concluded with the former Cowboy with three strokes of Chief Adam Long. "There is really more pressure on me."
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Wolff was slow in the first round, although he was not negligent. He started on the back nine, hit seven greens and did not really lose a shot as long as he did not leave a 30-foot distance for the 18th overall. (He managed the putt.)
Then came the fireworks. Wolff has certainly shot his tee shot on the first hole of normal 4, but his supreme length has saved him. Wolff's tee shot ran for 350 yards, cutting the par-4 dogleg by 403 yards and finishing just off the green.
Wolff watched the hole, then chained with birdies on numbers 2 and 3. He scored a pass of 369 yards to normal 5 seconds before displaying his accuracy with a shot from 171 yards to 8 feet to the normal of 3. third.
"These are small things like that that gave me a small advantage," Wolff said.
It remains to be seen if Wolff can repeat and win for the second time in just four starts. But the boy continues to stage a show and has yet another step that seems to match his amazing game, which continues to shoot at full speed.
"Everything in my game is really good for me right now," said Wolff. "… is looking for another victory."