Another top 100 golfer joins the LIV Series of golf.
Matthew Wolff is one of three new players joining Liv. He will be on the field for this week’s event at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club outside of Portland, Oregon.
He will be joined by Wolf, 23, at Pumpkin Ridge, former PGA Tour winner Carlos Ortiz, and Oklahoma State junior Eugenio Chacara, the world’s second-largest amateur.
Wolf turned professional after playing for two years at Oklahoma State and winning the 2019 NCAA Singles Championship and the 2018 Phil Mickelson Award as the best freshman in the country.
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Wolf was part of the 2019 PGA Tour Novice class which included Colin Morikawa, Victor Hovland and Songjay M. Wolfe got off to a fast start, winning his third tournament as a professional, the 3M Open. He then climbed to 12th overall in the world in October of 2020, having finished fourth at the PGA Championship and second at the US Open that summer.
But in the next four months, he pulled out of two events before being disqualified from the 2021 Masters Championship for signing an incorrect scorecard. Wolf then left two months later and later disclosed mental health issues.
Wolf spoke of that difficult time when he returned last August.
“Some of the feelings I had were like waking up in the morning knowing I have to get out of bed and absolutely love being unable to, and because I don’t want to get out of bed, I just want to stay in my bed and not be in front of everyone and not spoil in front of everyone.”
“If you’re not feeling one hundred percent okay, no matter if it’s physical or mental, it’s an injury, and you have to be able to rehab and take your time to get to where you want to be.”
Wolff’s best finish at 16 this season is second at the Shriners Children’s Open in October. He has two top 10. He is number 77 in the world rankings. He has earned $7.6 million in prize money in his career.
Ortiz, 31, is from Mexico and lives in Dallas. His first season on the PGA Tour was 2019 with his only 2020 Houston Open win. Ortiz has 11 of the top 10 in 160 tours, winning $7.75 million. He is number 119 in the world.
Ortiz joins his compatriot, Abraham Ancer, on the LIV series. Ancer is ranked #22.
The top amateur golfer also broke out in the LIV
Chacara, of Spain, lost last month in a playoff for the NCAA singles title to Gordon Sargent of Vanderbilt.
“My position is that of a player who is not a member of the PGA Tour or the DP World Tour, and I didn’t get paid while I was an amateur, so I can play in that league without problems,” Chakara said. Spanish newspaper Marca. “This contract gives me peace of mind and guarantees my family’s future. I’ve already achieved everything as an amateur, and now I will be able to gain experience as a professional.”
This week’s LIV event, the second and first of the breakaway tour in the US, will feature 20 of the top 100 players in the world golf rankings, including residents of Jupiter Dustin Johnson (#17) and Brooks Koepka (#19).
Tom D’Angelo is a journalist for the Palm Beach Post. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.