US Open contender Matthew Wolff opens up about mental health

Prior to this major event, Wolff, who has had a hectic season, had taken two months off the PGA Tour to focus on his sanity.

“I would say I came here with a very, very – I would say no expectations,” said the 22-year-old golfer after shooting a 68-3 under par on Friday at Torrey Pines in San Diego, Calif. Russell Henley and Richard Bland. “I would say my expectation of coming here was to enjoy it and be happy, and I wasn’t even sure if I was going to be able to do it.

“Fortunately I am, besides playing well. It’s a great position I’m in. I’m up for the US Open, and I’m very happy right now and enjoying it, but I know that ‘there will be times that I don’t enjoy it as much or play as well. For those times, that’s what I try to work and work for and prepare myself for before it does. does not happen. “

In April, Wolff was disqualified from the Masters when he signed an incorrect scorecard. Prior to that, he had withdrawn from two tournaments: the Farmers Insurance Open in January (he cited a hand injury after shooting a 78 in the first round) and the WGC-Workday Championship at The Concession in February after a score 83 in the first round. round. He did not play in the PGA Championship in May.

Wolff told reporters on Friday that he had never had a hand injury. He also admitted that Thursday and Friday, even after playing well, he wanted to stay in bed.

“I wanted to be like where I was comfortable, not in the spotlight,” Wolff said. “It’s great that I came here and played well, but I think more importantly, I’m getting closer to being more comfortable and being happy and enjoying it. feels like I’ve done a really good job to take advantage of it, but I still have a long way to go to keep a cool head.I will probably be working on the same thing I’m currently working on for the rest of my career . “

According to Wolff, as good as his life on the PGA Tour is, “there is also a lot of stress and pressure that comes with it, and it touched me,” he said.

“Come to think of it, it’s always easy to be like, my God, you’re overreacting. But right now it’s a lot, a lot harder to be from an outside point of view, and that’s is kind of what I’m trying to focus on and just have fun on, which is good. “

Wolff, who finished second at the US Open in 2020, has been asked if it would change him if he wins this event, which would be his first major title.

He replied that he didn’t think it wouldn’t change him at all.

“I can’t express enough that my scores up there, although I’m happy right now, 4 below par, one in the lead or whatever, I really don’t care at the moment,” Wolff said.

“I know you might think I’m bulls — you, but I’m not. I’m really just here trying to have a good time and have fun. Like I have. said, even this morning I felt like I was having a hard time getting out of bed because I just wanted to stay somewhere safe, and it’s just hard. Right now, the absolute one thing I’m focusing on is to have fun and be happy there. It’s probably no coincidence that I play well when I do that, but that’s the main focus for this whole week and probably for a while. “

Add a Comment