3M Open in Minnesota report: Matthew Wolff wins maiden PGA Tour title by one-shot

Matthew Wolff finished on -21 to win the 3M Open in Minnesota
Matthew Wolff finished on -21 to win the 3M Open in Minnesota

An eagle at the par-five 18th in the final round ensured 20-year-old Matthew Wolff beat Bryson DeChambeau by one-shot at the 3M Open in Minnesota to secure his first PGA Tour title.

Leaderboard

-21 Wolff

- 20 DeChambeau, Morikawa

-18 Hadwin

-17 Ortiz, Clark


Round four report

Matthew Wolff's eagle at the 72nd hole sealed a dramatic one-shot victory at the 3M Open in Minnesota and a maiden PGA Tour title.

The 20-year-old, the reigning NCAA champion playing in his third PGA Tour event since turning professional, trailed fellow American Bryson DeChambeau by a shot after the latter's eagle at the par-five 18th but matched the feat to claim a round of 65 and clinch victory.

Wolff completed the back nine in 31 to finish the tournament at TPC Twin Cities on 21 under par, having started the day in a three-way tie for the lead after a third-round 62.

DeChambeau's closing 66 earned him a tie for second alongside Collin Morikawa, another rookie American, who had to settle for a birdie at the last as he too finished with a 66 including six birdies in his final eight holes.

Wolff had the edge after the front nine, having gone through in one under, a shot better than DeChambeau and two clear of Morikawa.

But it was level pegging again after 13 holes as Wolff birdied the 10th, DeChambeau the 10th and 13th and Morikawa the 11th, 12th and 13th.

Birdies on the 14th and 15th put Wolff back in the box seat, but he had to settle for pars on 16 and 17, while DeChambeau birdied 16 to trail by a shot and Morikawa birdied 15 and 16 to join his fellow rookie in the lead with one hole to play.

DeChambeau's eagle catapulted him to the top of the leaderboard, but Wolff was not to be denied as he rolled in a 26-foot putt to move back in front.

Morikawa had the chance to force a play-off had he too made an eagle, but a birdie handed victory to Wolff.

Canada's Adam Hadwin was fourth on 18 under after a 67, a shot ahead of Carlos Ortiz and Wyndham Clark.

Round three report

Reigning NCAA champion Matthew Wolff equalled the course record as he took a share of the lead heading into the final round of the 3M Open in Minnesota.

The 20-year-old, playing in his third PGA Tour event since turning professional, shot a nine-under-par 62 on Saturday and shares a one-shot lead with fellow rookie Collin Morikawa and overnight leader Bryson DeChambeau at TPC Twin Cities.

DeChambeau, himself an NCAA champion back in 2015, had equalled the course record on Friday with a 62 but could only manage a one-under 70 in the third round to slip back to the field.

DeChambeau had nine birdies in the second round but Wolff needed 10 to record the same score on day three after he dropped a shot at the par-three 17th to harm his shot at the outright record.

Wolff, who went to Oklahoma State University, recovered with a birdie on the last and will start in the last pairing as he plays the final round of a PGA Tour event as a professional for the first time.

DeChambeau dropped his first shot of the tournament on the par-three 13th but a birdie on the 18th saw him join Wolff and Morikawa on 15 under.

Morikawa, playing his fourth PGA Tour event, had eight birdies and a bogey in his seven-under 64, as did fellow American Wyndham Clark who is on 14 under alongside Canadian Adam Hadwin.

Japan's Hideki Matsuyama and American duo Charles Howell III and Troy Merritt are on 13 under.

Round two report

Bryson DeChambeau carded a course record-equalling 62 - his lowest score on the PGA Tour - to take a two-shot lead after the second round of the 3M Open in Minnesota.

The 25-year-old, who has yet to make a bogey this week, reeled in overnight leader Scott Piercy, who could manage only a 70, on his way to reaching 14 under at the halfway stage.

Canadian Adam Hadwin retained second place, now on his own, with his seventh birdie of the round coming at the last to allow him to sign for a 67.

That was two ahead of Piercy, Sam Saunders, Brian Harman and Sam Burns.

Of DeChambeau's nine birdies, four came via putts of more than 19 feet, helping him to a career-low 36-hole total of 128.

"Certainly, me doing that today inspires me to even do better over the weekend," DeChambeau, who has one win and four top-10 finishes in the 2019 season, told pgatour.com.

"I know I can do it. I know I still left a couple out there, lipped out a couple of short putts. Although I made a lot of putts, I'm not going to take that for granted.

"Whenever I can roll a couple of putts in from 20 feet or more, that gives you a lot of confidence for the game.

"And when you're striking it well and driving it where you're looking, that's obviously very positive.

"I know it's cliche to say that, but it's just what it is unfortunately. Kind of get into a rhythm a little bit, the zone, and it just feels good sometimes."

Round one report

Scott Piercy upped the ante in the closing stretch to clinch a two-shot lead after the opening day of the 3M Open in Minnesota.

Reaching the turn on three under, the American fired off six birdies over the final eight holes to card a blemish-free round of nine-under 62.

A seven-foot putt for birdie on the par-5 18th edged him further ahead of closest rivals Hideki Matsuyama and Adam Hadwin, who tied for second on 64.

Piercy will be bidding for a fifth PGA Tour win and his first since last year's Zurich Classic.

Matsuyama, of Japan, started on the back nine and hit four consecutive birdies around the turn before dropping a shot on the final hole.

The five-time tour champion told the PGA Tour website, through a translator: "With a lot of hard work comes more confidence and good play - hopefully I can keep it going."

Canada's Hadwin also had a run of four straight birdies, with a bogey on the par-4 fifth hole the only blemish on his scoresheet.

Brian Harman, Sungjae Im, Patton Kizzire and Sam Saunders all shot a round of 65, while nine players finished a stroke further back.

World number one and four-time major-winner Brooks Koepka is five shots off the lead, mixing five birdies with one bogey for a four-under 67.

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