Ice cream truck gives Matthew Wolff the edge


Matthew Wolff, the 21-year-old with the take-away golf swing in the heel, hip and torsion, rolled in nine birdies and an eagle to shoot 64 on Saturday and separate from the pack that sometimes looked like a highway locked during peak hours. As a result, he will head into the final round with the lead of the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit, Mi., in search of his second career victory.

And he attributes most of the credit for his good play to an unusual source.

“I heard an ice cream truck circling the property and it seemed to me that every time I heard this I had made a birdie or a putt, so I have to give a lot of credit to that,” said Wolff, who admitted to having a weakness for vanilla at his post-round press conference.

Despite his hot round, Wolff won’t want to stop and eat a double-spoon cone on Sunday. Behind him is a tangle of golfers with 17 of them separated by just four shots. For most of the day, it was crowded near the summit. At one point, eight golfers were tied for first place while those grouped in 48th were only four shots behind.

This hunting pack includes Bryson DeChambeau and Webb Simpson. DeChambeau has completed a birdie four of his last six holes and is three shots behind Wolff. Simpson made only two birdies and a single bogey, arriving at the 18th hole, and drags Wolff by six.

Both are in the top 10 in the world rankings and have the most hunters’ experience in winning on the PGA Tour. Of the top 12 players in the DeChambeau and Simpson rankings have combined for 12 wins, the other nine have only 10 between them.

The crowded rankings of the final round become commonplace when restarting the PGA Tour. At the Charles Schwab Challenge, 13 players were less than three shots from the head while a week later at RBC Heritage, there were 14 golfers in the same lineup.

Wolff’s only title arrived last July at the 3M championship in Blaine, Minnesota, just a month after becoming a professional. He has failed to rank in the top 10 since. This week, he decided to return to his victory and use a tool that suited him then.

“I was talking to George, my trainer and a few other people and I just said to myself at the start of the week at 3M, I don’t care, whatever happens, don’t get angry, don’t get angry frustrated, just play golf, do what you can do and have a good time there, “said Wolff. It worked very well for me. So I told myself at the beginning of this week to have this same state of mind. ”

So far, it has worked, boosted by his putter, which has been the key to his good game this week. It ranks second in Strokes Gained: Putting with a strong score of 6.582. He used this club to make 24 birdies in three innings, first on the field.

“This is a golf course that is going very well,” said Wolff. “I hit very well, I put well, I do everything well. I’m just going to go over there, have fun and I hope to hear a little bit of the ice cream truck. ”

The only Canadian to make the cut, Adam Hadwin, posted a 69 under three points on Saturday to sit tied for 19th. It was the eighth round of its last 11 games that Hadwin scored in the 1960s.


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