atthew Wolff said his game is “beginning to come around” after a Saturday 65 at Sanderson Farms.
He made another turn less than a week later.
Wolff fired 64-67 over 36 holes at the Shriners Children’s Open, and the 22-year-old is tied for second following his round on Friday. It wasn’t simple, though, to reach close to the top of the list. Wolff recovered from a triple bogey on the third hole.
But, in the previous year, the former Oklahoma State Cowboy has overcome much more than a triple bogey, and his mental health work has helped him keep his cool en way to a 4-under round.
“I’ve been on a roller coaster for the last six months,” Wolff remarked. “I had a good finish at the US Open at Torrey Pines (T-15), but that was probably the only highlight of the last six months for me, and to be able to make a score like that and not let it affect me, not only in my swing and game, but also mentally, and to be able to stay in the present and make sure to bounce back and know that there’s plenty of holes left, there’s a lot of golf left, and I was able to stay in the
“I feel like I’ve come a long way in the previous six months, but especially in the last month.”
Wolff returned to the US Open at Torrey Pines after a two-month mental-health hiatus following his disqualification at the Masters in April. He’s currently back at a competition where he remembers having a nice time.
Last year’s Shriners saw Wolff finish runner-up for the second year in a row, losing in a playoff to Martin Laird. Wolff’s highlights since then have been few, but he currently has 10 consecutive rounds in the 60s at TPC Summerlin, a generous Las Vegas track.
Wolff, who is seeking his second Tour victory and first since the 2019 3M Open, was unaware of his Shriners winning streak.
When asked about the streak, Wolff remarked, “I hope you didn’t jinx me.” “However, I think I’m going to enjoy this course.” I like how it’s set up. Everything in my game feels extremely fantastic right now, and I’m hoping I don’t break that streak this year. I’m just delighted with where I’m at in my game and to be out here.”
If Wolff wins, he’ll become the first player on Tour to win after losing in a playoff the year before, since Ryuji Imada at the 2008 AT&T Classic (lost in a playoff in 2007 to Zach Johnson).