Another top 100 golfer joins the LIV Golf Series.
Jupiter’s Matthew Wolf is one of three players set to be announced by LIV today, according to multiple reports. He will take to the course for this week’s event at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club outside of Portland, Oregon.
Wolff, 23, will be joined by former PGA Tour winner Carlos Ortiz. Also joining LIV is Oklahoma State junior Eugenio Chacarra, the world’s second-ranked amateur.
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Wolff turned pro after playing two years at Oklahoma State and winning the 2019 NCAA Individual Championship and the 2018 Phil Mickelson Award as the nation’s top freshman.
Wolff was part of the famed 2019 PGA Tour rookie class that included Collin Morikawa, Victor Hovland and Sungjae Im. Wolff got off to a fast start, winning his third tournament as a professional, the 3M Open. He then moved up to No. 12 in the world in October 2020, after finishing fourth in the PGA Championship and second in the US Open that summer.
But over the next four months he withdrew from two events before being disqualified from the 2021 Masters for signing an incorrect scorecard. Wolff then took off for two months and later revealed mental health issues.
Wolff spoke about this difficult time when he returned last August.
“Some of the feelings I had were like getting up in the morning knowing I had to get out of bed and just like not being able to, being like 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 screw up in front of everyone,” he said.
“If you’re not feeling 100 per cent well, either physically or mentally, that’s an injury, and you should be able to rehabilitate and take your time to get to where you need to be.”
Wolff’s best finish in 16 starts this season is second at the Shriners Children’s Open in October. He has two top 10s. He is No. 77 in the world rankings. He has won $7.6 million in prize money during his career.
Ortiz, 31, is from Mexico and lives in Dallas. His first season on the PGA Tour came in 2019 with his lone win at the 2020 Houston Open. Ortiz has 11 top 10 finishes in 160 tour starts, earning $7.75 million. He is the world No. 119.
Ortiz joins his compatriot, Abraham Ancer, on the LIV series. Ancer is ranked No. 22.
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Chacarra of Spain lost last month in the playoffs for the NCAA individual 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 did not earn any money while I was an amateur, so I can play in this league without problem. “, Chacarra told the Spanish newspaper, Marca. “This contract reassures me and secures the future of my family. I had already accomplished 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 USA breakaway tour, will feature 20 of the top 100 players on the World Golf Rankings, including Jupiter residents Dustin Johnson (#17) and Brooks Koepka (#19).
Tom D’Angelo is a reporter for the Palm Beach Post. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.