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Born: 14 April 1999
Birthplace: Agoura Hills, California, USA
College: Oklahoma State University
Resides: Jupiter, Florida, USA
Major Wins: 0
Euro or PGA Tour Wins : 1
Other Wins: 0
Grass Preference: Unknown
Significant Life Events: Yes
GBC Wind Performance Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
GBC Pressure Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Matthew is one of the new superstars to emerge from 2019 alongside Viktor Hovland and Collin Morikawa. Turning pro in June 2019, Matthew has made the transition to the professional game with ease.
Matt has an unorthodox swing which generates incredible power. He has already won on the PGA tour at the 2019 3M Open and should have took a 2nd title at the 2020 Rocket Mortgage Classic but gave away a three-shot 54 hole lead. Both tournaments are a 'bombers paradise' and this is where he is best suited.
Matthew only turned pro in 2019.
SG: OFF THE TEE
SG: AROUND THE GREEN
Pressure Performance Analysis
Began the final round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open two shots back. Shot 66 to force his way into a playoff but was defeated by a Martin Laird birdie.
Led the US Open after three rounds. Was unable to back up a sparkling Saturday 65 as he closed with a 75 to finish 2nd.
Began the final round of the PGA Championship 4 shots behind Dustin Johnson and shot 65 to finish in 4th place, 3 shots off the winner Collin Morikawa.
Took a 3 shot lead into the final round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic over Ryan Armour and Bryson DeChambeau after rounds of 69-64-64. Shot 71 including playing his first 10 holes in +3 to finish 3 shots behind Bryson who shot 65. Looked very nervy until he was far enough back to play like he had nothing to lose.
Matthew held the joint 54 hole lead at the 2019 3M Championship and successfully converted when holing an eagle putt on the 72nd hole. He was very impressive in winning, beating Bryson DeChambeau and Collin Morikawa in a thrilling finish.
There remain question marks over Matt's performances under pressure so his Golf Betting Club Pressure Performance Rating is set to 3 stars. One to side with when coming from off the pace rather than leading.
Matt won the week after missing the cut and his 2nd at RSM also followed a MC. Early indications are he's going to be a player who is either boom or bust. He may well have won in his 3rd start on tour as a pro but he has failed to record any other top 10 finishes in 18 appearances on the PGA Tour at the time of writing (April 2020). Don't be afraid to back Matthew if seemingly not on form if the course suits.
Loves a birdie fest
Win at 3M Classic, 2nd at the 2020 Rocket Mortgage Classic and 2nd at the 2020 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open were all events where he shot lower than -20. In general, he suits easy courses which he can attack.
Major and WGC Analysis
Finished 5th at 2020 PGA Championship and 2nd at the US Open in his first two major starts. Missed cut at Masters debut. Matt is going to be a major contender for years to come.
49th and 24th in two attempts at St Jude. Expect him to improve on his WGC record.
Matt's sole playoff ended in defeat as he lost out to a Martin Laird birdie at the 2020 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. He was steady in the playoff.