When Eagle On 18 Isn’t Good Enough

Pumped up and flexing after an eagle on 18, Bryson DeChambeau thought he’d just won the 3M Open today in Minnesota. It was a nice moment, but not nice enough. And DeChambeau’s Sunday-66 was good, but not good enough. DeChambeau’s time atop the leader board was brief because Matthew Wolff jerked and jolted for eagle too. But Wolff’s eagle was good for a six-under 65 on Sunday and 21-under for the week — one better than DeChambeau and Collin Morikawa.

With a golf swing that makes Jim Furyk look like Ben Hogan, the 20-year-old won in just his third start as a professional. He joins Tiger Woods and Ben Crenshaw to become the third player to win a PGA Tour event and an NCAA individual championship in the same year.

In the words of the great John McEnroe, “You cannot be serious!”

He’s a Taylor Made guy to the core — driver through putter.

Matthew Wolff’s Winning Bag at the 3M Open
M5 Driver | 8° | Graphite Design AD-TP 7TX
M5 Fairway | 15° | Graphite Design BB 8X
P760 2-Iron | Nippon N.S. Pro Tour 130X
P750 Tour Proto Irons | 4-PW | Nippon N.S. Pro Tour 130X
Milled Grind Raw Wedges | 52°, 56° & 60° (bent to 62°) | True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100
Spider X Putter | Single Bend 33” | KBS CT Tour

He’s now exempt on the PGA Tour for two years. He will play in the Masters, The Players and basically any damn event he likes. And the $1,152,000 he earned this weekend at the TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minnesota ain’t too shabby either.

Nate Lashley’s six-shot runaway win last week at The Rocket Mortgage Classic was a lovely story, but not the most exciting golf for viewers. Same for Chez Reavie’s win two weeks ago at the Travelers Championship — nice story, but he cleared by four. The PGA Tour needs this Matthew Wolff lightning — theater like this is why we watch.