The young guns taking the PGA Tour by storm could take over this year's John Deere Classic


These two golfers from Oklahoma State, Viktor Hovland and Matthew Wolff, could be the next stars of the PGA.
Max Schreiber, USA TODAY

SILVIS, Ill. — The newest PGA Tour champion had his back to the TPC Deere Run clubhouse door Tuesday afternoon as he contemplated a professional golfing life with his rivals and friends.

In the Quad Cities for this year’s John Deere Classic, Matthew Wolff was recalling how at ease he felt down the stretch at last week’s 3M Open near Minneapolis. The 20-year-old Oklahoma State wunderkind thrived under pressure in just his third professional start, holing an eagle putt from off the 18th green this past Sunday to edge 2017 Deere winner Bryson DeChambeau by a stroke.

There was another runner-up that day: Wolff’s playing partner, 22-year-old Collin Morikawa. The Cal grad had a small leg up in experience since turning pro — a whole four starts, to Wolff’s three. They’d grown up playing against each other in junior golf, in college and now for a million-dollar first prize.

You better believe they’re competitive. But they were also smiling and chuckling and talking down the final few fairways with a blissful innocence.


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