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Wolff gets first professional win at 3M Open

NCAA Men's Golf Championship

Matthew Wolff shot 21-under-par to record his first PGA victory at the 3M Open in Minneapolis. 

In May, former Oklahoma State men's golfer Matthew Wolff secured the individual title at the 2019 NCAA Men's Golf Championship.

Weeks later, Wolff announced his intentions to step away from Cowboy golf and turn professional. On Sunday, in only his third professional appearance, Wolff won the 3M Open in Minneapolis with a score of 21-under-par

In the inaugural tournament, Wolff recieved a sponsors exemption to compete.

Wolff remained in the middle of the pack after round one when he shot 2-under-par. 

Two days later, however, Wolff stole the show. 

In the third round, Wolff knocked in 10 birdies and finished tied for the lead at 15-under-par with Bryan DeChambeau. 

On Sunday, Collin Morikawa, a former standout at California, inched closer to the lead. Wolff, however, continued to play his best golf since the NCAA individual tournament. 

Morikawa hit a birdie on the 16th hole to tie for the lead. Then he and Wollf parred the next hole to remain at 19-under-par.

DeChambeau, who was in third place on the 18th hole, hit a major eagle put to take the lead. Wolff and Morikawa needed to birdie the hole to force a playoff.

On the par-5 hole, Wolff set himself up for an eagle putt. Similar to DeChambeau, he hit the putt to take the solo lead at 21-under-par.

Morikawa had once chance to tie Wolff. His putt edged past the hole, giving Wolff his first career professional win.

At 20 years old, Wolff became the ninth-youngest winner in PGA history and the youngest since Jordan Spieth.

Wolff's victory garnered an $1.152 million prize and a membership to the PGA tour for the next season.

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