STILLWATER, Okla. — There was no big hoopla, no large press conference when two of the most decorated Oklahoma State golfers made the decision to turn professional this summer.
But Viktor Hovland and Matthew Wolff were thrown to the wolves of the national media on the eve of their professional debut at the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut.
They covered everything from college life, amateur events, sponsorships and their chances of winning in their first pro tournament.
Hovland made a name for himself again this past weekend while competing as an amateur at the U.S. Open, where he broke Jack Nicklaus’ U.S. Open record for best four-day total by an amateur – this less than a year after winning the U.S. Amateur Championship on the same course to become the first Norwegian golfer to win the prestigious amateur event.
It was the second top amateur finish in a major this year for Hovland, doing so at The Masters as well. At each major, he found himself next to the tournament winner – first Tiger Woods, then most recently Gary Woodland – to receive his honor as top amateur.
While Hovland has played in two majors, as well as a PGA Tour event, this past year as an amateur, Wolff had the chance to play in a PGA Tour event back in January at the Waste Management Open in Scottsdale, Arizona.
“It’s been a dream come true to turn professional. It’s something that I worked really hard on – I’m sure we all have,” Wolff said. “Going to Oklahoma State was the best decision of my life. I feel like I grew as a person and player.
“But I felt like my time was up there and felt like my game was ready and potentially can (make me) one of the best players in the world, like I’m sure all these guys do.”
Wolff and Hovland will bring the total to six ex-Cowboys in the field this weekend at the Travelers Championship – alongside Morgan Hoffmann, Kevin Tway, Peter Uihlein and Hunter Mahan – while Rickie Fowler is skipping out this week following the major, and Alex Noren competing in the BMW International Open on the European Tour this weekend. The long list of former Oklahoma State golfers competing at the professional tour just continues to grow.
Compiled by the staff for Stillwater News Press, a CNHI News Service publication.