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One month after Brooks Koepka ripped him, Matthew Wolff has a response


Matthew Wolff hits a shot on Saturday on the sixth gap on the Greenbrier.

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The inquiries to Matthew Wolff on Friday had a theme. 

“Are you able to inform us slightly bit about what you’ve modified in your observe or routines or something? Has it simply been further time on the market?”

“Are you able to simply sort of speak about the way you had been in a position to simply sort of flip issues round at present after clearly — the scores haven’t been that nice the final three tournaments.”

“Was there one thing coming into this week that you just thought, all proper, that is going to be the week? Something that sort of clicked? Something you’ve been engaged on?”

“Do you’re feeling such as you’re at the place you had been originally of the 12 months by way of simply the way in which — such as you say, you began off properly.”

And another on this method. However we’ll save that one until the top.

Briefly, although, you may collect that Wolff had performed properly, after having not. The numbers can inform the story, too. On Friday, through the first spherical of LIV Golf’s Greenbrier occasion, Wolff shot a nine-under 61, and he adopted that up on Saturday with a 67, and he’ll begin Sunday with a share of the final-round lead — and all of that follows a stretch the place he completed forty fourth out of 48 gamers, forty first, thirty fourth, WD, forty fourth and forty seventh. 

However then there have been phrases, too. It’s possible you’ll keep in mind them. They got here earlier than the forty seventh end, nearly a month in the past in London, simply forward of LIV’s final occasion. 

LIV performs staff golf, and Wolff’s team-golf captain mentioned this of him, in an interview with Sports activities Illustrated’s Alex Miceli:


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“I imply, while you stop in your spherical, you surrender and stuff like that, that’s not competing,” Brooks Koepka mentioned. “I’m not a giant fan of that. You don’t work exhausting. It’s very robust. It’s very robust to have even like a staff dynamic while you’ve obtained one man that received’t work, one man shouldn’t be going to offer any effort, he’s going to stop on the course, break golf equipment, will get down, dangerous physique language, it’s very robust. 

“I’ve mainly given up on him. Numerous expertise, however I imply the expertise’s wasted.”

We’ll chorus from commenting, however belief that there have been some takes.

Wolff additionally responded, in a be aware, additionally to Sports activities Illustrated. He mentioned he was disenchanted. He admitted he had let his staff down. He famous his challenges with psychological well being. He fired again some. After which he mentioned he would say no extra. 

Not even Friday in response to these questions. 

However listed here are the solutions anyway. They’ve a theme, too. If enchancment is your factor. 

Sure, right here’s the pay-off for you coming this far. No revenge. No confrontation. 

However nonetheless juicy, for those who’re trying to get higher. 

“Are you able to inform us slightly bit about what you’ve modified in your observe or routines or something? Has it simply been further time on the market?”


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“No, nothing has modified,” Wolff mentioned. “I simply exit right here and I give it my finest each single day. It’s golf. It’s a curler coaster, and I’m studying to simply accept the nice and the dangerous as they arrive and roll with it. I haven’t modified something.”

“Are you able to simply sort of speak about the way you had been in a position to simply sort of flip issues round at present after clearly — the scores haven’t been that nice the final three tournaments.”

“Yeah, I can’t offer you a solution,” Wolff mentioned. “That’s simply golf. To be sincere, it’s loads of ups and downs.

“Like I’ve mentioned a thousand occasions, or looks like, I’m simply studying to simply accept the nice and the dangerous as they arrive. I don’t actually really feel like I’ve carried out something completely different. I’m working exhausting, ticking the packing containers and doing what I can, going on the market and making an attempt to play in addition to I can.”

“Was there one thing coming into this week that you just thought, all proper, that is going to be the week? Something that sort of clicked? Something you’ve been engaged on?”

“No, not likely. I positively — I went to go see my coach, George [Gankas], over the off time, however only for a day. He actually favored the place I used to be at, and he mentioned every thing regarded good actually.

“I simply have been doing my factor actually. There’s not a lot that’s modified. I’m going on the market and play golf, and everybody goes via slumps, everybody goes via dangerous occasions, and I’m fortunate mine solely lasted just a few tournaments.

“I began off the 12 months actually good, and I’m trying to finish it actually good.”


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“Do you’re feeling such as you’re at the place you had been originally of the 12 months by way of simply the way in which — such as you say, you began off properly.”

“Yeah, I don’t actually like to check. I believe it’s simply day-to-day. I may come out right here tomorrow and never really feel good. On the finish of the day, I really feel like I’m going on the market and attempt to shoot the bottom rating I can each single day, and proceed to only work exhausting and tick the packing containers.”

With that, right here’s the opposite query, as promised then from the beginning. 

There’s a tip there, too. 

“Such a formidable spherical at present; was this like a press release spherical for you, to say, hey, I can nonetheless play; I’m actually good?”

“I imply, I didn’t actually really feel like I wanted to show something to anybody,” Wolff mentioned. “Simply to myself actually.

“However on the finish of the day, it’s simply golf. I imply, you play dangerous and then you definitely play good. Like I mentioned, I’m accepting the truth that simply because I performed properly at present, it won’t go the identical tomorrow or may go simply as properly. On the finish of the day, I’m doing what I can and making an attempt to shoot the bottom rating I can on daily basis. 

“I promise, I’m making an attempt.”

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Nick Piastowski

Nick Piastowski

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Nick Piastowski is a Senior Editor at Golf.com and Golf Journal. In his position, he’s answerable for enhancing, writing and growing tales throughout the golf area. And when he’s not writing about methods to hit the golf ball farther and straighter, the Milwaukee native might be enjoying the sport, hitting the ball left, proper and quick, and consuming a chilly beer to clean away his rating. You’ll be able to attain out to him about any of those subjects — his tales, his sport or his beers — at nick.piastowski@golf.com.

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