It’s moving day at the 3M Open in Minnesota, and Matthew Wolff moved 34 spots up the leaderboard with a nine under par 62.
He had ten birdies on the day, which included a stretch of six in a row on his way to tying the course record at TPC Twin Cities in Minneapolis.
The key to his round was aggressiveness.
“The last couple weeks I felt like I was being too strategic,” he told the CBS’s Nick Faldo. “In college I just let it rip and that’s what I told my caddy this week. . . we’re just going to send it.”
The former Cowboy and Haskin’s Award winner gripped it and ripped it every time he could and consistently found himself in perfect position for aggressive approach shots, even when he missed the fairway.
Matthew Wolff made one putt longer than 11 feet today. He shot 62.— Sean Martin (@PGATOURSMartin) July 6, 2019
Wolff birdied the third hole after a smooth approach shot from 169 yards on the right side of the fairway.
He hit an easy wedge from 134 to within four feet on the par four fifth, which started his streak of six birdies in a row.
He hit the green in two on the par five sixth and two putted for a textbook birdie.
His approach on the seventh was within four feet again for an easy putt to earn his third birdie in a row.
An effortless bird on the par three eighth was followed by another after an incredible nine-iron from the rough on the ninth, the most difficult hole on the course.
He was within 120 yards again on the tenth for a simple approach to set him up for his sixth hole under par in a row.
Aside from aggressive ball striking, Wolff’s putter was on fire as well. He hit a 27 foot birdie putt on the thirteenth and almost sank a thirty footer to save par on the seventeenth, which would have given him a course record 61.
On the fifteenth and eighteenth, he had no more than a sand-wedge into the green for straightforward birdies to finish the day atop the leaderboard and in great position to make a run for the trophy tomorrow and automatically earn his PGA membership.
Collin Morikawa and Matthew Wolff both competed in the US Collegiate System last year.— William Hill (@WilliamHill) July 6, 2019
They now sit second and third in this week's PGA Tour tournament.
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At fifteen under, Wolff is tied with fellow PGA rookie Collin Morikawa from Cal University. With the leader coming into today Bryson DeChambeau struggling to shoot even par, the newcomers will be the final pairing tomorrow.
“Since I was a little kid I always talked about playing in the last group, you know, on the final day of a PGA Tour tournament and obviously there’s going to be some change and a little bit of pressure but I’ve been looking forward to it for so long and I feel like I’m ready,” he told CBS.