PGA Tour winner, NCAA champ Matthew Wolff brings unique swing to WGC Memphis event

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

PGA Tour winner, NCAA champ Matthew Wolff brings unique swing to WGC Memphis event

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PGA Tour winner, NCAA champ Matthew Wolff brings unique swing to WGC Memphis event

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Matthew Wolff sat at the podium at TPC Souhwind. After the previous two months, the 20-year-old finally allowed himself to breathe and soak in where he was.

In May, Wolff celebrated a five-stroke win at the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship. This week, he’ll participate in his first World Golf Championship event.

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Sandwiched between both moments, the California native won in just his third PGA Tour event since turning pro at the 3M Open on July 7. It qualified him for the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, but it didn’t yet hit him just how his life had changed.

“This is the first week it kind of sunk in,” Wolff said Tuesday. “I feel like I was still in shock after I won and I really didn’t know what to expect.”

Matthew Wolff walks the 18th hole during the final of the John Deere Classic. (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)

The win made him the ninth-youngest champion in PGA Tour history. He became the third golfer to win an NCAA Championship and a PGA Tour event in the same year along with Ben Crenshaw and Tiger Woods.

But as the youngest golfer in the WGC-Invitational field this weekend, don’t call him a longshot.

“I feel like I belonged out here, especially since I proved that in the first three events,” Wolff said. “Maybe some people out here thought of me as an underdog, that they didn’t have to worry about me. I really hope that they changed their mind and they don’t look at me that way anymore.”

It’s a confidence that Wolff showed by sinking an eagle putt to clinch the 3M Open. With Brooks Koepka, Jason Day and Bryson DeChambeau among the field that weekend, Wolff was prepared to face 45 of the world’s top 50 players in Memphis.

Matthew Wolff hits his tee shot on the 18th hole during the first round of the John Deere Classic. (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)

He also has a swing that’s spawned both fans and imitators.

It starts by quickly dipping his hips and knees forward with a quick glance ahead. Wolff then lightly wiggles his shoulders before raising his club high to drive the ball.

The funky approach is also powerful as he’s averaging 315.4 yards on his drives this season. There’s also an unofficial nickname on Twitter — the Wolff Wiggle.

“When I first started it wasn’t the exact same as it is now as I’ve grown,” Wolff said. “Over the years it’s changed a little bit, but it’s always had pretty good results. I feel like I’ve been fairly consistent. Even when I don’t play great it still gives me pretty good numbers.”

He’ll bring it out Thursday in a group that includes PGA Tour veteran Ian Poulter.

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