For the second consecutive season, a former Oklahoma State celebrity is the story on the World Huge Know-how Championship at Mayakoba. One yr after his former OSU teammate (Viktor Hovland) received for the second time on the PGA Tour, Matthew Wolff leads by two as he seems for a second Tour victory of his personal.
Wolff shot a El Camaleón Golf Course file 61 Thursday at in a spherical that included 5 birdies on both facet of the golf course and no blemishes in anyway. He is up two on Aaron Smart and three on Chris Kirk (who aced his first gap of the day) and a handful of others.
Let’s dive deeper into Wolff’s spherical and his possibilities of successful to finish what has been an odd yr for him and try who might make just a little run at him over what must be a really enjoyable subsequent 54 holes.
1. Matthew Wolff (-10): After a chaotic 2021 total, Wolff emerged a couple of weeks in the past on the Shriners Youngsters’s Open with a runner-up end to Sungjae Im. It was his finest efficiency in a yr and offered a ton of hope for the long run. The momentum has carried over into Mayakoba, which is extraordinarily thrilling contemplating Wolff’s expertise degree and ceiling. Toss a suddenly-thriving Wolff into an already loopy contingent of golfers on the high of the Official World Golf Rankings, and anticipation for 2022 solely will get turned up.
“I do not need to say [I’m back],” Wolff mentioned. “I am actually assured in my sport proper now and I’ve confirmed over time when stuff goes effectively and I’m assured I can type of carry it over. So proper now my swing feels actually good, my head’s in a great place and I am simply completely satisfied to be out right here whatever the outcome. I am simply, you understand, like I mentioned, I am simply completely satisfied. I am blessed to be out right here. And it is not simple and there is lots of up-and-downs, however you’ve got simply type of acquired to go along with it and that is one thing I am studying as I am getting older and being out right here longer.”
2. Aaron Smart (-8): No person is extra happy with Smart’s efficiency than … effectively, me. He was my one-and-doneand got here in off two consecutive top-10 finishes. He shot 29 on the entrance facet of the golf course and 63 total even with a bogey on the again facet. His finest stuff just isn’t fairly nearly as good as Wolff’s, however based mostly on how he is been enjoying, I think he’ll be round and really a lot within the combine till the top of this week.
“I simply really feel like I’ve fairly good vibes round right here,” Smart mentioned. “Each every now and then you discover these programs the place you simply come and also you’re comfy the second you are on the grounds and that is a kind of for me. I really feel like I make my justifiable share of putts round right here, I hit good iron pictures and I get lots of wedge alternatives, which is de facto good. On the finish of the day you’ve got nonetheless acquired to play good golf, however simply coming right here, I simply really feel completely satisfied, I really feel good vibes and I really feel like that interprets into the golf.”
T3. Talor Gooch, Chris Kirk, Billy Horschel, Sergio Garcia (-7): How about Kirk beginning his occasion with an ace on a par 3?! He made one other eagle on his fourth gap and was 5 beneath by 4 holes! He performed the following 14 in simply 2 beneath for the 64, however six birdies and two eagles portends effectively for the remainder of the week for him.
T7. Joel Dahmen, J.J. Spaun, Russell Henley, Invoice Haas (-6): Fairly a crew right here. Haas’ final high 10 wherever got here on the 2019 John Deere Basic. He is at present ranked No. 744 on the earth, which might be his lowest year-end rating since 2003.
T11. Ian Poulter, Andrew Landry, Chez Reavie, Rickie Fowler, Adam Lengthy, Sepp Straka, Brandt Snedker, John Huh, Andrew Novak (-5): The season of Oklahoma State golfers returning to type continues! Fowler performed within the closing pairing on the CJ Cup at Summit a couple of weeks in the past, only a week after Wolff almost received Shriners, and he is thriving once more this week. As all the time, it is about limiting errors for him. He made eight birdies Thursday, which isn’t uncommon for him (he is inside the highest 40 in birdie common this season). If he can determine methods to clear up the opposite stuff, we’ll see him actually contend for the second time in three tournaments as this weekend unfolds, which, like Wolff’s good play, could be thrilling going into 2022.
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