Matthew Wolff turns pro, will debut at Travelers Championship
Matthew Wolff (Walt Beazley, Razorbacks Athletics Communications)
The next generation of PGA Tour players will be on display at the Travelers Championship later this month. The tournament has offered sponsor exemptions to the top four players in the latest World Amateur Golf Ranking: Viktor Hovland, Matthew Wolff, Collin Morikawa and Justin Suh.
They will all compete as professionals.
The biggest revelation surrounding that announcement is that Wolff will forego his final two years at Oklahoma State and instead turn professional. The NCAA individual champion announced his plans on social media Thursday with a highlight video of his quirky-yet-powerful swing. It also served as a pseudo-announcement that he has signed on with TaylorMade.
While the company hasn't officially released news of signing Wolff, his social-media promo video reveals full TaylorMade gear, from clubs to a hat to the logo on his staff bag.
Suh and Morikawa, recent graduates of USC and California, respectively, have already turned professional. Hovland has an upcoming exemption to the U.S. Open as an amateur.
After news that the four up-and-comers would all play Travelers, the John Deere Classic announced that it had also invited Hovland, Wolff, Suh and Morikawa into its field at the start of July.
“Starting some 20 years ago, the John Deere Classic adopted a philosophy that we would provide up-and-coming young players with the opportunity to prove themselves against the best in the world and to give our loyal fans a chance to get a look at them early in their careers,” said tournament director Clair Peterson. “With players like Zach Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Justin Thomas and Patrick Reed having gone on to stardom, we think it has worked out very well for both the players and our fans.”