Five things you should know about Matthew Wolff

Matthew Wolff's first PGA Tour victory came in just his third start.

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Rory McIlroy is known. Top-ranked golfer. Four-time major champion. 

Dustin Johnson is known. Former top-ranked golfer. Twenty victories on the PGA Tour.

Rickie Fowler is known. Players Championship winner. One of the most stylish and likeable players in golf.

Matthew Wolff is about to be known. The swing. The personality. 

Here are five things to know about Wolff, who will join Fowler to face McIlroy and Johnson in the TaylorMade Driving Relief skins game at Seminole Golf Club in Florida. 

The swing

He swings uniquely — and powerfully. He starts his golf swing with a left leg wiggle. He then takes the clubhead outside his hands on the takeaway, and at the top of the backswing, the clubhead points more upward than a traditional swing. Then the power comes. “There are some moves that don’t look conventional, but down through the ball it’s as good as anybody in the world,” Wolff’s coach, George Gankas, told the PGA Tour’s website. 

The youth

He’s young. Just over the drinking age of 21. In 2018, as an Oklahoma State freshman, he sank the winning putt to help the Cowboys win the national championship. In 2019, as an Oklahoma State sophomore, he won the individual national title. A few weeks later, he was on the PGA Tour.   

The early success

He’s a young winner. It didn’t take long for Wolff to win on the PGA Tour. In his third start, he won the 3M Open last July. And he did it dramatically, dropping an eagle putt on the last to prevail by a stroke. 

The personality

He’s full of color. Hours before the skins game, he shaved his beard into a Fu-Manchu moustache, sharing the transformation on social media. During the Waste Management Open in early February, he wore a Kobe Bryant jersey on one of the holes in tribute to Bryant’s death. And he has a wolf headcover. Of course. 

The Office

He’s seen every episode of “The Office” nine times, according to Bleacher Report. There are 201 episodes, so that’s 1,809 viewings of Michael Scott. Or, with each show being about a half-hour, that’s 54,270 minutes of Dwight Schrute. 

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Nick Piastowski

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Nick Piastowski is a Senior Editor at Golf.com and Golf Magazine. In his role, he is responsible for editing, writing and developing stories across the golf space. And when he’s not writing about ways to hit the golf ball farther and straighter, the Milwaukee native is probably playing the game, hitting the ball left, right and short, and drinking a cold beer to wash away his score. You can reach out to him about any of these topics — his stories, his game or his beers — at nick.piastowski@golf.com.