For the second season in a row, a former Oklahoma state superstar is the story of the world tech championship in Mayakoba. A year after his former OSU teammate (Viktor Hovland) won the PGA Tour for the second time, Matthew Wolff leads by two as he seeks his second Tour victory.
Wolff shot an El Camaleón golf course record 61 on Thursday in a round that included five birdies on either side of the golf course and no flaws whatsoever. He has two leads over Aaron Wise and three over Chris Kirk (who scored his first hole of the day) and a handful of others.
Let’s dive deeper into Wolff’s round and his chances of winning to end what has been an odd year for him and take a look at who could give him a little run on what should be an upcoming 54 holes of great fun.
1. Matthieu Wolff (-10): After a chaotic 2021 year, Wolff emerged a few weeks ago at the Shriners Children’s Open with a second place finish behind Sungjae Im. It was his best performance in a year and it gave him a lot of hope for the future. The momentum continued all the way to Mayakoba, which is extremely exciting considering Wolff’s level of talent and ceiling. Throw a suddenly blossoming Wolff into an already crazed contingent of golfers atop the official golf world rankings, and the anticipation for 2022 is just around the corner.
“I do not want to say [I’m back]”Wolff said.” I’m really confident in my game right now and have proven over time that things are going well and I’m confident that I can kind of keep going. So right now my swing is really good, my head is in a good position and I’m just happy to be here regardless of the outcome. I’m just, you know, like I said, I’m just happy. I am blessed to be here. And it’s not easy and there are a lot of ups and downs, but you just have to deal with it and it’s something that I learn as I get older and stay here longer. “
2. Aaron Wise (-8): No one is happier with Wise’s performance than… well, me. He was my only golf course and 63 overall, even with a bogey at the back. His best stuff isn’t as good as Wolff’s, but from the way he plays, I suspect he’ll be there and very present until the end of this week.and came out of two consecutive top 10s. He shot 29 at the front of the
“I just feel like I have really good vibes here,” Wise said. “Every once in a while you find these courses where you’re coming from and you’re comfortable by the time you’re on the pitch and that’s one of those for me. I feel like I’m doing my right thing. share of putts here, I hit good iron shots and I have a lot of wedge opportunities which is really good. Ultimately you still have to play good golf, but just coming here I feel just happy, I get good vibes and I feel like that translates into golf. “
T3. Talor Gooch, Chris Kirk, Billy Horschel, Sergio Garcia (-7): What if Kirk started his test with an ace on a par 3 ?! He made another eagle on his fourth hole and was 5 under all four holes! He played the next 14 in just under 2 for the 64, but six birdies and two eagles bode well for the rest of the week for him.
T7. Joel Dahmen, JJ Spaun, Russell Henley, Bill Haas (-6): Quite a crew here. Haas’ last top 10 was at the 2019 John Deere Classic. It is currently ranked No. 744 in the world, which would be its lowest year-end ranking since 2003.
T11. Ian Poulter, Andrew Landry, Chez Reavie, Rickie Fowler, Adam Long, Sepp Straka, Brandt Snedker, John Huh, Andrew Novak (-5): Oklahoma State Golfers’ Get Back Season Continues! Fowler starred in the final CJ Cup duo at Summit a few weeks ago, just a week after Wolff came close to winning the Shriners, and he’s booming again this week. As always, it’s about limiting mistakes for him. He had eight birdies on Thursday, which isn’t unusual for him (he’s in the top 40 on average for birdies this season). If he can figure out how to clean up the other stuff, we’ll really see him fight for the second time in three tournaments over this weekend, which, like Wolff’s good game, would be exciting by 2022.