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Aaron Wise might be the hottest golfer at Colonial. So why can't he enjoy it?

Aaron Wise speaks at Fort Worth Invitational

Golfer Aaron Wise talks about getting rejected on the 18th green at the Byron Nelson Invitational.
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Golfer Aaron Wise talks about getting rejected on the 18th green at the Byron Nelson Invitational.

Jordan Spieth might be the favorite to win the Fort Worth Invitational this weekend, but Aaron Wise might be the hottest golfer in the field at Colonial.

The rookie picked up his first career PGA Tour win on Sunday by dominating the field at the AT&T Byron Nelson Classic in Dallas. It marked the first time that the event was held at the less-than-two-year-old Trinity Forest Golf Club, and some of the pros were less than thrilled with the course.

Not Wise. The 21-year-old took advantage of the more open setting and finished the weekend a blistering 23-under par, setting the tournament scoring record.

"You know, it's been kind of crazy for me, and especially trying to get ready for this event as well," Wise said. "Obviously I am playing great and want that to continue. Between dealing with all the media and trying to prepare and get my game ready, I haven't had much time to really sit down and think about it."

On Sunday, Wise was so locked-in he reportedly kicked his own mother out of a tent during a four-hour rain delay for the crime of being too talkative.

On Wednesday, he said that he hasn't spent a cent of the seven-figure pay-day he earned last weekend. He doesn't even know if the money is in his bank account.

He later admitted that those winnings might be spent on a new grille.

Wise became the first player in the the Nelson's history to finish with a score of 20-under par or better. He's also the second youngest player to ever win the tournament.

The youngest player to claim a victory at the Nelson? That would be Tiger Woods back in 1997.

Wise's hot streak really began a little over two weeks ago at the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte. By tournament's end, he'd shot 10-under par and finished just two strokes back of winner Jason Day.

Wise is also just the second player ever to win on the Web.com Tour, the Mackenzie Tour and the PGA Tour.

That final day in Dallas also brought a few surprises in his personal life. The golfer was excited that his girlfriend had flown in for what would become his biggest moment in his pro career up to this point.

But things didn't exactly go according to plan. After post-victory interview, another camera kept rolling to catch this awkward exchange between Wise and his significant other.

"Yeah I've been giving her a [hard time] about that," he said, laughing. "A lot has been made about that. It's really nothing. We love each other a ton and we're great. It was a funny moment that I think we'll always be able to look back on, but that's all it really was."

On Tuesday, Wise played the course at Colonial for the first time and he recognizes that, despite his excellent play in recent weeks, there needs to be a specific approach over these next four days.

"I am still trying to get the bearing of it," he said. "I'm excited I get nine more holes (Wednesday afternoon) to get a look. It (Colonial) is totally different (compared) to last week. Last week was grind, bomb and gouge. And this week is very position golf."

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