Fresh off his second consecutive round of 64, Matthew Wolff will take a three-shot advantage over Ryan Armour and Bryson DeChambeau into the final round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Here’s how Wolff staked himself to the 54-hole lead in Detroit:
What it means: The 21-year-old is eyeing his second PGA Tour victory, a follow-up to his breakthrough last July at the 3M Open, which made him a full-time PGA Tour member just two months after he wrapped his standout collegiate career at Oklahoma State. But judged against his sudden success, it’s been a sluggish last 12 months for Wolff, who hasn’t posted a top-10 finish since his dramatic win in Minnesota. He can put any slump talk to bed with a win Sunday, and he can pick up Tour win No. 2 before his fellow Class of 2019 members: Collin Morikawa and Viktor Hovland. This is the second 54-hole lead of his young career but the first time he’s led by himself. He 1-for-1 to date as a closer.
Giving chase: Trying to run down Wolff on Sunday will be the veteran Armour and the story of the Tour’s restart: DeChambeau. Both players shot 67 Saturday. Armour is seeking his second Tour win after missing six straight cuts earlier this year pre-pandemic. DeChambeau, separately, is riding a streak of six consecutive top-10 finishes on Tour and is looking to parlay his weight gain and long-drive skills into victory No. 6.
Rounds of the day: Wolff made just one par on the front nine, carding six birdies and two bogeys to make the turn in 32. Following dropped shots at Nos. 9 and 10, he raced into the lead when he played a four-hole stretch in 4 under par, with two birdies and an eagle across Nos. 12-15. One more birdie at 17, his 10th par-breaker of the day, put him three clear of the field.
Wesley Bryan (-13) and Hideki Matsuyama (-12) each signed for 65 Saturday.
Biggest disappointments: Playing in the day’s final pairing, Kirk (70) and Webb Simpson (71) both lost ground on a day when the field average was 69.5.
Shot of the day: DeChambeau’s 374-yard drive at the par-4 13th that found the greenside bunker.
This 8-iron from 200 yards out of the rough at 14 wasn’t bad either.