A Sunday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open with amateur golfer Matthew Wolff

SCOTTSDALE – The first thing amateur golfer Matthew Wolff did after learning he had a spot in the Waste Management Phoenix Open was call his mom.

“Chance (Cozby) called me and offered me a spot,” Wolff said, referring to the tournament chairman. “I was pretty fortunate for that to happen.”

Matthew Wolff stands over a birdie putt on a soggy Sunday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. (Photo by John Mendoza/Cronkite News)
Caddie and swing coach George Gankas carries Matthew Wolff’s Oklahoma State golf bag during the Waste Management Phoenix Open. (Photo by John Mendoza/Cronkite News)
Shari Wolff, mother of Matthew Wolff, was in attendance Sunday with one of Matthew’s best friends. (Photo by John Mendoza/Cronkite News)
Matthew Wolff shares a moment with an Oklahoma State alumnus before making the turn Sunday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. (Photo by John Mendoza/Cronkite News)
Matthew Wolff signs a hat for a young fan from Oklahoma in the middle of his round on Sunday. (Photo by John Mendoza/Cronkite News)
Matthew Wolff avoided the boo birds on the famous 16th hole with 4 pars over the weekend; he even tossed some gloves to the gallery on Sunday. (Photo by John Mendoza/Cronkite News)
Matthew Wolff, the only amateur in the field, chips up to hole 17 on Sunday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. (Photo by John Mendoza/Cronkite News)
Matthew Wolff hits his final tee shot on the 18th hole on a rainy Sunday morning at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. (Photo by John Mendoza/Cronkite News)
Oklahoma State golfer Matthew Wolff finishes up his tournament in the rain on the 9th hole at the TPC Scottsdale. (Photo by John Mendoza/Cronkite News)

Wolff, an Oklahoma State sophomore, received one of five sponsor exemptions available to the Thunderbirds for the Phoenix Open, allowing him to make his PGA Tour debut.

“It was awesome. The experience was unreal. I learned a lot.” Wolff said about his crazy week in Scottsdale.

Wolff, who turned heads with his unorthodox swing, played a practice round Tuesday with the eventual winner of the 2019 Phoenix Open, Rickie Fowler, who also golfed for Oklahoma State. Fowler gave the amateur some advice, not only about the TPC Scottsdale but about getting accustomed to life on the tour.

Wolff had his own crowd of friends, family and OSU Cowboys fans following him around throughout the weekend. Even his caddie, George Gankas, a popular internet golf instructor, got his fair share of love from the crowds.

Wolff made the cut and would finish the weekend at a respectable 3-under with rounds of 67-70-72-72. That finish was good enough for a share of 50th place.

Wolff hopes to qualifying for the U.S. Open as an amateur. If he does, his goal would be to then turn pro.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly spelled amateur golfer Matthew Wolff’s name in the headline and some photo captions. The story has been updated.

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