With Quirky Swing And California Chill, Matthew Wolff Has Fans Howling In Phoenix
SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA | Moments before Matthew Wolff began his second round at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, he looked like any other unshaven 19-year-old college kid making a pilgrimage to the world’s craziest golf tournament.
He embraced three of his fraternity brothers and then scrolled through his phone one last time, zipping it away in his bag just before his name was announced.
And then he got over the ball. Taking out an iron, the Oklahoma State sophomore whacked the ground to create a natural turf tee and then confidently fidgeted, twisting his hips in each direction. And then came the swing. Calling it unconventional would be a disservice. Wolff takes the club straight outside and upright while flying his left heel several inches above the ground, finishing with a powerful yet graceful transition into impact. It’s the Jim Furyk loop with Brooks Koepka’s power and Nick Price’s tempo.
"He's just got it." -- Alan Bratton, Matthew Wolff's coach at Oklahoma State
In this particular motion, Wolff fired a pistol 280 yards down TPC Scottsdale’s first fairway. That’s about how far Furyk hits his driver. It almost feels unfair that in the first six holes, Wolff hit iron off the tee four times and averaged 288 yards. And if that seems nearly criminal, you will want to be sitting down for this one: Through two rounds in Phoenix, Wolff ranked third in driving distance at 331 yards per dr...
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