BLAINE, Minnesota – Six weeks after winning the NCAA individual title with Oklahoma State, Matthew Wolff completed his third tournament as a professional.
He has won a trophy and a circuit map of the PGA.
Even though the 20-year-old was playing at 3M Open with a sponsor waiver in a camp with much more accomplished players, Wolff's time as an amateur has provided a lot of experience to boost his competitiveness and his self-confidence. This showed on the 18th green.
"I was born for times like these," Wolff said. "I live for times like these."
Wolff shot a 26 – foot shot to allow an eagle to finish at 21 under par on Sunday, defeating Collin Morikawa and Bryson DeChambeau in a tense final before the first PGA Tour event.
"I've completed everything I wanted in college and now I'm doing something that very few people can say I've done, and that makes me really happy," Wolff said. , who became the first player since Jordan Spieth in 2013 to win the victory. an event on the PGA Tour before its 21st birthday.
Wolff hit his second shot on the 573-yard par yard hole, from the fairway to the far left of the green, where he landed a few feet from a bunker. He then sank into the dramatic putt in front of a crowded 18th gallery of TPC Twin Cities.
"I'm not at all emotional at all, but tears came to my eyes when I went down and picked up that bullet from the hole," Wolff said.
Morikawa had the opportunity to forge a tie, but he just missed his eagle attempt at about thirty meters in the middle of the putting green. When the ball rolled on the left edge and about 3 feet too far, Morikawa grinned.
"I managed a very good putt, I thought it was good from the start and once it was about half way, I knew it was a What can you do? " said Morikawa, 22, who also turned pro this summer. His putt for the birdie of the 17th horse was eliminated.
The two beginners, who have already played against each other on the California high school circuit and shared the lead with DeChambeau after the third round at age 15, kissed each other in the green. Then, Wolff began celebrating the $ 1.152 billion prize and a two-year automatic exemption for the tour.
"I'm 20 years old and I say" job security ", but that's really it," Wolff said. "As soon as I left college, I knew I was with the best players in the world and I had to prove myself, and that's what I did. Did it. "
DeChambeau, who was playing directly in front of the Morikawa-Wolff duo, had just finished his afternoon up and down with an eagle to take the short lead at 20 cents. The lively crowd, which ran five rows behind the ropes near the last green, roared as DeChambeau crushed his second shot at 204 yards from the middle pass on the putting green within six feet of the pin. The eighth world player sank this putt to put one of the seven eagles out of 18 during the last round in even wetter, windless conditions. DeChambeau, who had two of his three bogeys in the tournament on Sunday, assumed that he was heading to the playoffs.
"It's so competitive now, no matter who can win any week, it's absolutely impressive," said DeChambeau.
Canadian Adam Hadwin was fourth at 18 years old. Carlos Ortiz tied for fifth place with Wyndham Clark at 17, after using seven birdies, including three of the last four holes, to make a 64. Ortiz, from Mexico still seeking his first tournament win as pro, had missed the cup in seven of his previous 10 events.
Lucas Glover took sixth place at 16-under to finish seventh after an attack at half-past four before the Morikawa-Wolff group. He posted 62 of his turn, the fourth golfer in as many days here to reach 9 under. Glover, who won the American Open in 2009 for his only major win and only the third of his career on the PGA Tour, scored 10 birdies to consolidate his fifth top-10 of the season. He said that he would watch the rest of the round from the couch, rather than stay to see if his best score at that time could beat the odds and hold on.
Tom Lehman, who led the redesign of this course about 20 miles north of Minneapolis and hosted a PGA Champions Tour tournament from 2001 to 18 with the goal of lengthening and strengthening it for the bigger ones hitters on the main stage of the tournament tour (73). The 60-year-old native of Minnesota finished at 7 under the average, a better shot than Brooks Koepka.
Koepka, who started the event in first place in the official world rankings and second in the FedEx Cup standings behind Matt Kuchar, never found the pace this week and recorded his second 72nd of the year. 39; test.