3M Open winner Matthew Wolff accepts PGA TOUR membership
Collin Morikawa accepts Special Temporary Membership
July 10, 2019
By Staff, PGATOUR.COM
- July 10, 2019
Inside the PGA TOUR
Matthew Wolff makes PGA TOUR history with victory at 3M Open
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida – The PGA TOUR announced today that Matthew Wolff has joined the PGA TOUR as a tournament winner through the 2020-21 season after winning the 3M Open in his fourth career start. In addition, Collin Morikawa has accepted Special Temporary Membership for the remainder of the season as he attempts to earn his PGA TOUR card for the 2019-20 season.
Wolff, 20, became the ninth-youngest winner in PGA TOUR history and the first player under the age of 21 to win on TOUR since Jordan Spieth at the 2013 John Deere Classic. With the victory, Wolff earned 500 FedExCup points and is now eligible for the 2019 FedExCup Playoffs. Non-member FedExCup points he earned in previous professional starts are now official, giving him a season total of 502, well inside the top 125.
A native of Agoura Hills, California, Wolff played two seasons at Oklahoma State, winning a title in both the team (2018) and individual (2019) formats at the NCAA Championships. Only Ben Crenshaw (1973) and Tiger Woods (1996) previously won both the NCAA individual title and a PGA TOUR event in the same year. In all, Wolff won six times in his sophomore season and was the recipient of the Fred Haskins Award as the nation’s most outstanding player.
Morikawa, 22, finished runner-up to Wolff at the 3M Open and collected 245 non-member FedExCup points. Coupled with his 89 non-member points heading into the week, Morikawa now has 334 points to surpass the 266 points earned by No. 150 on last season’s FedExCup standings to earn Special Temporary Membership. The Los Angeles native is now eligible for unlimited sponsor exemptions for the remainder of the season as he attempts to earn his PGA TOUR card for the 2019-20 season.
To earn PGA TOUR membership for the 2019-20 season, Morikawa must earn as many or more non-member FedExCup points as No. 125 in the final 2018-19 Regular Season standings, which currently stands at 286. If Morikawa finishes between No. 126 - 150 he'll gain a spot in the Korn Ferry Tour finals where he could earn his PGA TOUR card for the following season by finishing inside the Korn Ferry Tour Finals 25.
Morikawa, formerly No. 1 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, played four seasons at Cal-Berkeley, where he was a three-time first-team All-American. He was named the 2018 Golfweek Men's National Player of the Year and earned Pac-12 Player of the Year honors in 2019.
Special Temporary Members are not eligible for the FedExCup Playoffs, but Special Temporary Members or non-members who subsequently become regular PGA TOUR members by winning an official event during the season will be counted on the FedExCup points list, along with any FedExCup points earned as a non-member (excluding those won at World Golf Championships events as a non-member) and thus be eligible for the FedExCup Playoffs.
Morikawa is the fourth player to join the TOUR as a Special Temporary Member in 2018-19, joining England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick, Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard and Doc Redman of Raleigh, North Carolina.
Collin Morikawa’s near birdie from 27 feet on 71st hole at 3M Open