Matteson Calculating His Way to the PGA Tour

By Alison PierceJune 30, 2005, 4:00 pm
Troy Matteson is a numbers guy. With sun bleached red hair and freckles scattered across his cheeks, the No. 2 ranked Nationwide Tour player doesnt look a day older than 20. But take a closer look and youll swear hes been out on the golf course a lot longer. Matteson has a focus, a calmness, a quiet that is distinct from other players.
 
On the practice tee, a day before the Lake Erie Charity Classic where hes poised to take the top spot on the money list, Matteson methodically drives one ball after another at a pinpointed target. Each shot is practiced as part of a solution. He keeps one low as if to cut under the wind, he practices his draw around a potential hazard, he fades it ever so slightly to the exact distance.

Troy Matteson
Troy Matteson has 8 top 10s in 13 starts on the Nationwdie Tour in 2005.
The numbers come naturally to Matteson. A graduate of Georgia Tech University with a Civil Engineering degree, Matteson likes to fix a problem. In fact, if he werent out here launching himself to the PGA Tour, he would be an engineer building bridges or roads, something useful to be proud of, he says.

Engineering is about having a problem and figuring out how to break it down. You need to come up with a game plan, a solution, and execute it, he says.
 
Matteson approaches golf the same way. In an engineering sense, he comes up with a cost-effective way to play each new course. For instance this week on the upper course at Peak n Peak resort, the 17th hole tees are set back making the green unreachable in two. Mattesons strategy is to play up the 12th fairway instead. Sometimes you have to go off the beaten path to play for birdie. A lot of it is seeing what youve got that week. Im very good at strategy.
 
Matteson was raised in the soft hills of Anderson County Tennessee and swung his first golf club at age seven. His dad brought a set home just to see if his two boys would take to the sport. Within weeks they were hitting balls into the sweet old ladys yard next door. She would keep all the balls in a bucket for us so we could go get em and hit them back in her yard again, says Matteson.
 
Fellow Nationwide Tour member Bubba Watson played golf at the University of Georgia against Matteson, who was the first Georgia Tech player to win the NCAA individual championship in 2002. We didnt like each other Watson laughs, quickly admitting that Troy was a really nice guy. You can tell he loves the numbers, he wants everything to be precise. He definitely wont hit until hes ready.
 
Matteson admits to loving not only the numbers, but the game. He hasnt missed a single week on tour, finishing in the top ten in eight out of 13 starts.
 
Not a whole lot of pranks and jokes and what not with him, says Watson. He probably watches the news more than I do.
 
One thing everyone can agree on is that Matteson is a quiet, reserved guy. Kip Henley of Big Break II fame had the chance to play with Matteson at the Chattanooga Celebrity Skins Game in May. Everything about Troy is understated but his golf game, says Kip. He is the quietest person youll meet, so focused, goes about his work. Kip wrote on his web site journal for The Golf Channel that Troy is quieter than a mouse peeing on cotton.
 
Matteson was eager to explain why he keeps things cool - its about respect. Im a young player out here, says Matteson, Others have played out here for years. I hold a lot of respect for the older guys. I havent earned the right to say a whole lot. Matteson says he will let his playing speak for itself.
 
But you watch, Kip Henley announces. Hell be in the top 50 in three years, you watch.
 
Jason Gore, who had his own taste of big time pressure at the U.S. Open, agrees, Hes the perfect player for the (PGA) Tour, says Gore. Very serious about his golf.
 
Matteson, not one to get excited, has taken his dramatic success in stride. He says the main reason hes risen so fast, from 52nd in his rookie year 2004, to seond this year, is that he found his comfort zone. The first year was tough, he says I was a little lost/ Everything is new, you dont know where you are when youre visiting a new town every week.
 
With that added comfort comes confidence. Ive become a little better putter, hit the ball better and all those parts add up. Matteson says that he and his wife Shauna who tours with him every week, are thrilled with the unique experience of traveling the country together. The two had their 2nd anniversary on June 21. Shauna has even learned to navigate the 36 and a half foot RV they drive to each tournament.
 
Golf analysts compare Mattesons stride this year to Zach Johnsons record year in 2003. The ever-humble Matteson shrugs it off. I dont know if its quite at that level, Ive got a long way to go. He says he wishes that Chris Couch were playing this week, the current Nationwide money leader Couch has a PGA Tour exemption this week. Matteson doesnt want to take over No. 1 without the top guy even playing. Its kind of like winning on a forfeit. Its fun to compete but I hope he plays great this week, says Matteson.
 
Although his PGA Tour card is pretty much in the bag, Matteson doesnt know quite what to expect next year. He says hed just like to become a consistent player on the big tour, but he admits, As time passes your goals jump up a little bit. Hopefully in two or three years Ill be able to say I want to win a tournament on the PGA Tour.
 
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Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.