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Matthew Wolff speaks about mental health struggles

matthew wolff playing golf
matthew wolff playing golf Image credit: golfchannel.com

Professional golfer Matthew Wolff has admitted he finds it difficult to enjoy time of the course because of his struggles with mental health.

The American was disqualified from the Masters in April but returned to the game for this week’s US Open.

Wolff had support from fellow golfer Bubba Watson who openly spoke about his battles with social and generalised anxiety earlier this year which saw him lose an excessive amount of weight.

"The love for the game really went away from me," Wolff told Sky Sports. "I was going out and trying my best, I was grinding and stuff wasn't going my way.

"I was getting really down on myself and honestly for a few months, I kind of felt hopeless. Probably just a few days ago was the first time I really found some hope in my game and my happiness out here.

"It's easy to be happy when you're playing well, but it's hard to put things in perspective and not be so hard on yourself when you're out here trying to perform at the highest level. I'm glad that I'm enjoying myself out here again, but it's not easy."

Going public with his private mental health battles Wolff hopes it will help others going through similar experiences.

"I'm not trying to draw attention to myself specifically, I'm just trying to draw attention to mental health," Wolff said. "It's extremely important. With all professional athletes, you think that these people just have all the money, all the fame and everyone looks up to them like they're gods or whatever.

"It's like 'how can these people have problems?' I'd say on a good month, we spend two weeks in our bed and a lot of these people have families out here. There's just a lot of things we have to deal with that most people don't have to.

"Even though I come out here every day and try to be strong, I just wasn't strong enough for what I was going through. It's been really hard but I've been battling back, been trying to be happy and I feel like I've done that this week."

Watson said he shared his own experiences with Wolff without him bringing up the subject whilst the two were playing a practice round of golf.

"I was just sharing my own issues and struggles, not that he wanted to hear it," Watson said. "He didn't ask for my advice.

"I love him, I love his family and I love his team. So I was just talking to them and just shared that I've wasted money, I've saved money, I've bought businesses, sold businesses, I've lost 20, 30 pounds in weight because of struggles.

"I said, 'I've done everything you're thinking about, I've done it all. So if you ever want advice, just call me'.

"I was going to text him a few weeks ago, but I wanted to talk to him in person, so that's what I did. I was just trying to give him my two cents. He didn't ask for it, but I gave it to him anyway.

"It's probably more helpful to me than him just because I can hear it again in my own head, me saying it out loud, and I played pretty calm out there the last couple of days. So I guess it did work out for me."

Matthew Wolff picked up his first win on the PGA Tour at the 2019.