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.

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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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Perez skips Torrey, 'upset' with Ryder Cup standings

By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 2:19 am

Pat Perez is unhappy about his standing on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list, and his situation won't improve this week.

Perez won the CIMB Classic during the fall portion of this season, and he followed that with a T-5 finish at the inaugural CJ Cup. But he didn't receive any Ryder Cup points for either result because of a rule enacted by the American task force prior to the 2014 Ryder Cup which only awards points during the calendar year of the biennial matches as well as select events like majors and WGCs during the prior year.

As a result, Perez is currently 17th in the American points race - behind players like Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Bill Haas and James Hahn, none of whom have won a tournament since the 2016 Ryder Cup - as he looks to make a U.S. squad for the first time at age 42.

"That kind of upset me a little bit, the fact that I'm (17) on the list, but I should probably be (No.) 3 or 4," Perez told Golf Digest. "So it kind of put a bitter taste in my mouth. The fact that you win on the PGA Tour and you beat some good players, yet you don't get any points because of what our committee has decided to do."

Perez won't be earning any points this week because he has opted to tee it up at the European Tour's Omega Dubai Desert Classic. The decision comes after Perez finished T-21 last week at the Singapore Open, and it means that the veteran is missing the Farmers Insurance Open in his former hometown of San Diego for the first time since 2001.

Perez went to high school a few minutes from Torrey Pines, and he defeated a field that included Tiger Woods to win the junior world title on the South Course in 1993. His father, Tony, has been a longtime starter on the tournament's opening hole, and Perez was a runner-up in 2014 and tied for fourth last year.

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Woods favored to miss Farmers Insurance Open cut

By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 1:54 am

If the Las Vegas bookmakers are to be believed, folks in the San Diego area hoping to see Tiger Woods this week might want to head to Torrey Pines early.

Woods is making his first competitive start of the year this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, and it will be his first official start on the PGA Tour since last year's event. He missed nearly all of 2017 because of a back injury before returning with a T-9 finish last month at the Hero World Challenge.

But the South Course at Torrey Pines is a far different test than Albany, and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook lists Woods as a -180 favorite to miss the 36-hole cut. It means bettors must wager $180 to win $100, while his +150 odds to make the cut mean a bettor can win $150 with a $100 wager.

Woods is listed at 25/1 to win. He won the tournament for the seventh time in 2013, but in three appearances since he has missed the 36-hole cut, missed the 54-hole cut and withdrawn after 12 holes.

Here's a look at the various Woods-related prop bets available at the Westgate:

Will Woods make the 36-hole cut? Yes +150, No -180

Lowest single-round score (both courses par 72): Over/Under 70

Highest single-round score: Over/Under 74.5

Will Woods finish inside the top 10? Yes +350, No -450

Will Woods finish inside the top 20? Yes +170, No -200

Will Woods withdraw during the tournament? Yes +650, No -1000

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Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements

By Rex HoggardJanuary 24, 2018, 12:27 am

SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance announced on Tuesday at Torrey Pines a seven-year extension of the company’s sponsorship of the Southern California PGA Tour event. This comes on the heels of Sony extending its sponsorship of the year’s first full-field event in Hawaii through 2022.

Although these might seem to be relatively predictable moves, considering the drastic makeover of the Tour schedule that will begin with the 2018-19 season, it is a telling sign of the confidence corporations have in professional golf.

“It’s a compliment to our players and the value that the sponsors are achieving,” Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

Monahan said that before 2014 there were no 10-year title sponsorship agreements in place. Now there are seven events sponsored for 10-years, and another five tournaments that have agreements in place of at least seven years.

“What it means is, it gives organizations like the Century Club [which hosts this week’s Farmers Insurance Open], when you have that level of stability on a long-term basis that allows you to invest in your product, to grow interest and to grow the impact of it,” Monahan said. “You experienced what this was like in 2010 or seen other tournaments that you don’t know what the future is.S o to go out and sell and inspire a community and you can’t state that we have a long-term agreement it’s more difficult.”

Events like this year’s Houston Open, Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, and The National all currently don’t have title sponsors – although officials at Colonial are confident they can piece together a sponsorship package. But even that is encouraging to Monahan considering the uncertainty surrounding next season’s schedule, which will include the PGA Championship moving to May and The Players to March as well as a pre-Labor Day finish to the season.

“When you look back historically to any given year [the number of events needing sponsors] is lower than the typical average,” Monahan said. “As we start looking to a new schedule next year, you get excited about a great schedule with a great group of partners.”

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Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:07 am

SAN DIEGO – Jason Day has withdrawn from the Wednesday pro-am at the Farmers Insurance Open, citing a sore back.

Day, the 2015 champion, played a practice round with Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau on Tuesday at Torrey Pines, and he is still expected to play in the tournament.

Day was replaced in the pro-am by Whee Kim. 

Making his first start since the Australian Open in November, Day is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. ET Thursday alongside Jon Rahm and Brandt Snedeker.