Matthew Wolff. Tim Nwachukwu
By Matt Smith
Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra, the World No.2 amateur, and rising PGA Tour star Matthew Wolff, are the latest names set to join the LIV Golf Invitational Series, according to reports.
Lopez-Chacarra, who will turn professional this week, is an Oklahoma State University graduate and has three wins in his amateur career. He has also made three appearances on the PGA Tour.
The Spaniard claimed the Amer Ari Invitational in February this year before taking the NCAA Columbus Regional crown in May.
Wolff shot a final-round 66 on Sunday at the Travelers Championship, and that may have been his last tournament on the PGA Tour.
The 23-year-old tour winner is expected to be the latest name to make the jump to LIV Golf and he is expected to join the 48-man field next week in the series’ second event at Pumpkin Ridge outside Portland, Oregon.
Wolff’s short PGA Tour career has had plenty of ups and downs. He won an individual NCAA Championship in 2019 as a sophomore at Oklahoma State then jumped out onto the PGA Tour and won this third event, the 3M Open. He topped Collin Morikawa there in a playoff. In 2020 he tied for fourth place at the PGA Championship and finished second at the US Open at Winged Foot. His highest position in the Official World Golf Ranking was 12th after a second-place tied at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open later that year.
In early 2021, Wolff took a hiatus from the tour to deal with his mental health. This year he’s missed seven cuts, his best finish on the PGA Tour is a tie for 25th at the Wells Fargo Championship and he tied for 40th at the Travelers Championship. Oddly enough, his last top-10 finish is a sixth-place tie at the Saudi International back in early February. He’s now ranked 77th in the world.
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