Matteson takes Fryscom lead with second 61

By Associated PressOctober 24, 2009, 11:31 pm
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. ' Troy Matteson had never shot a 61 until this week. Now he's done it twice in a row to set a PGA Tour record.

His second straight 9-under round at the Open on Saturday gave him a three-shot lead at 16-under 194 heading into the final day of the third stop in the Tour's Fall Series.

Matteson's 122 score in consecutive rounds broke the Tour record of 123 set this year by Steve Stricker in the third and fourth rounds of the Bob Hope Classic.

With the year I've had, it's ' first of all ' it's undescribable, Matteson said.

Webb Simpson (64), Tim Clark (65) and Chris Stroud (65) were tied at 13 under. Second round co-leader Rickie Fowler (69) and Nick O'Hern (67) were in a group of five at 12 under.

In an amazing stretch, Nicholas Thompson had a double eagle on the par-5 11th, followed by a hole-in-one on the par-3 13th, a drop of five shots in three holes. He finished with a 65 to tie Justin Leonard (69) at 11 under.

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He needs to go straight back to Vegas and put some money down, said Matteson, who teamed with Thompson at Georgia Tech.

Bill Lunde (65), Jamie Lovemark (65) and Ryan Moore (67) also were at 12 under.

Fowler was just two shots back before a double bogey on the par-4 17th.

There's a little bit of life out there, you know, if you get things going a little bit, he said. But the double at 17 killed the momentum.

Greg Owen, the other second-round co-leader, struggled to a 3-over 75 and was far back in a tie at 8 under.

Clark, who lives in Scottsdale, says three shots are not a lot to make up.

This course, if you start to struggle, you can shoot over par easy, he said. And obviously playing great, like Troy has done the last two days, you can shoot 9 under. So three shots is nothing.

Conditions couldn't have been better on the par-70 sun-splashed desert Raptor Course layout at Grayhawk Golf Club, playing at a short 7,013 yards. The result was some amazing shots, including two other aces, both on the 198-yard 16th.

The first, by Ted Purdy with a 5-iron, won him a Mercedes, which he kissed after making the shot. Chad Campbell later had one on the same hole, using a 6-iron.

But nothing could top Thompson's stunner.

He hit a 3-wood approach 261 yards into the hole on the 562-yard 11th.

I heard some claps and I think, `Nice, it's on the green,' he said. And I see a guy throw his arms up in the air and I'm like, `Yes, tap-in eagle.' Then I hear them roar and I'm like `Wait a minute. That's a double eagle. Yes!

Two holes later, he grabbed his 6-iron and sent the ball soaring toward the pin on the par-3, 199-yard third hole.

I under-clubbed it purposely so that I could land it short of the pin over the false front, Thompson said.

I mean, I flushed it and I hit it good. I was like, Oh, be as good as you look.' Apparently it was.

Thompson was 5 under for those two holes ' and 5 under for the day. What made the difference?

I didn't have to putt, he joked.

Matteson, who turns 30 next month, has one Tour victory ' at a different Open in 2006. That Las Vegas tournament is now known as the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open.

This event was known as the Frys Electronics Open in 2007 and became the Open last year.

Matteson ranks 131st on the money list and was hoping just to make the cut after shooting a 2-over 72 in the opening round.

You know, it's just a struggle. Nothing would go in, he said. All of a sudden I come out here the next day and it's like, Voila, there it is.'

Starting the day two shots off the lead, he had four birdies on the first nine to make the turn at minus-11. He overcame his lone bogey of the day, on No. 13, with birdies on 14 and 15, then capped his day with birdies on the last two holes.

You know, just making a lot of birdies out there and keeping my ball in play, Matteson said. A lot of close opportunities, that's really the key out here. How many times can you hit it inside five, 10 feet.

Twenty feet just doesn't cut it out here.

Matteson tied the 18-hole record for the three-year-old tournament. It was set by Kevin Stadler, whose 61 last year followed a first-round 81 and he missed the cut.

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Watch: Fathauer dunks one off flagstick for eagle

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 17, 2018, 7:45 pm

The NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest will take place Saturday night in Los Angeles, but Derek Fathauer kicked things off a little early with this eagle in the third round of the Genesis Open.

Playing his second shot on the par-4 third hole at Riviera Country Club, Fathauer dunked one off the flagstick and into the hole for an eagle-2:

The shot got the the 32-year-old, in search of his first PGA Tour victory, under par for the round and into the mix early on Moving Day.

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Luiten in three-way tie at Oman Open

By Associated PressFebruary 17, 2018, 4:17 pm

MUSCAT, Oman - Joost Luiten showed a return to form after a mediocre 2017 as he moved into a three-way tie for the lead in the Oman Open on Saturday.

The Dutchman shot a second straight 6-under 66 - the joint best score of the day - to move to 12-under 204. He was joined at the top by Matthew Southgate (69) and Frenchman Julien Guerrier (66) after the third round at the Greg Norman-designed Al Mouj Golf Club.

England's Chris Wood (69), another man on the comeback trail, was in fourth place at 11 under, but it could have been a lot better if not for a bogey-bogey finish. Adrian Otaegui (66) was a shot behind Wood while pre-tournament favorite, France's Alexander Levy (67), was at 9 under.

The 90th-ranked Luiten credited some hot iron play for his success after a cracked driver set him back last year when he had just two top-10 finishes the whole season.

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''I cracked my driver in my first tournament of the year in Abu Dhabi and it took me almost six months to get another one that I really liked. Once you are not driving the ball well, it puts pressure on other parts of your game,'' said the 32-year-old Luiten. ''My iron play did not get me into trouble at all today.''

Southgate was quick off the block with three birdies in his first three holes. But the Englishman then made two bogeys and a double bogey in his next four holes, and a birdie on the ninth saw him make the turn at even-par.

That forced him to think differently for the back nine and he was rewarded with three birdies.

''It was quite funny really,'' Southgate said. ''We birdied the ninth and I walked off and said to my caddie Gary ... 'We've just shot level par, so let's just pretend that we've made nine solid pars and that we haven't holed a putt and haven't made a birdie. Let's just start again on the 10th'.''

The 32-year-old Guerrier started his round with a monster 48-foot birdie putt and had an eagle, six birdies and two bogeys.

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J.Y. Ko increases lead; Lydia focuses on positives

By Associated PressFebruary 17, 2018, 3:33 pm

ADELAIDE, Australia - Jin Young Ko continued her domination of the Women's Australian Open, shooting a 1-under 71 Saturday to increase her lead to four strokes after three rounds.

The South Korean, who led after each of the opening two rounds of the LPGA tournament, had a three-round total of 11-under 205 at Kooyonga Golf Club.

Australian golfer Hannah Green moved into second place after the round of the day, a 66.

Green, 21, is seeking to become the first Australian to claim her national crown since Karrie Webb won the last of her five titles in 2014. Webb, who is playing a part-time schedule in 2018, missed the cut Friday by one stroke.

Green birdied her first three holes on Saturday and then added two more on the eighth and ninth. Two more birdies followed on the back nine with her only dropped shot a bogey on the 17th.

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"I was very pleased with my ball striking," Green said. "I have put myself in contention so I'm very happy with how things are panning out.

"It was a real shame about Karrie missing the cut, but I know she has got different plans."

South Korea's Hyejin Choi (70), was tied for third, five strokes behind. Australia's top-ranked golfer Minjee Lee was tied for fifth after a 69, six off the lead.

Former No. 1 Lydia Ko shot a 71 and was eight strokes behind.

"It's always nice to be able to start the season on a good note, and I've obviously got tomorrow," Lydia Ko said. "Hopefully, I'll be able to finish off on a high note."

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Cantlay, McDowell, Saunders share lead at Riviera

By Doug FergusonFebruary 17, 2018, 3:51 am

LOS ANGELES - Tiger Woods waited 12 years to get back to Riviera and lasted only two days.

Woods had three straight bogeys early on the back nine Friday and didn't play well enough to make up for his misses. He had a 5-over 76 and missed the cut in the Genesis Open for the first time in nine appearances as a pro.

He was at 6-over 148, one shot worse than his PGA Tour debut as a 16-year-old at Riviera.

''I missed every tee shot left and I did not putt well, didn't feel very good on the greens,'' Woods said. ''And consequently, never made a run. I knew I had to make a run on that back nine, and I went the other way.''

Patrick Cantlay ran off three straight birdies toward the end of his morning round, starting with a tap-in on the par-3 sixth when he missed a hole-in-one by a fraction of an inch, and shot a 69. He was tied with Graeme McDowell (66), the former U.S. Open champion who is trying to work his way back from a two-year slump.

They were at 7-under 135.

Sam Saunders also was at 7 under, making back-to-back birdies until it was too dark to continue. He had three holes remaining in his second round. Ryan Moore bogeyed his final hole for a 68 and was one shot behind at 136.

Rory McIlroy overcame a few short misses on the front nine for a 69 and was at 2-under 140.

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Cantlay was coming off a three-putt bogey when his tee shot at the par-3 sixth - the hole with a bunker in the middle of the green - landed above the flag and to the right, and then rolled back down the slope just over the right edge of the cup.

''I actually missed a little to the right, but it's a bowl back there so as long as you get the number right, it should be pretty close,'' Cantlay said.

He followed with a short iron into 5 feet for birdie, a 15-foot birdie on the next hole and then a wild drive that led to a bogey on his final hole.

McDowell has gone 59 starts worldwide since his last victory and has fallen out of the top 200 in the world. He had missed four straight cuts dating to late last year, though he felt he was hitting it well in practice. What helped was seeing some good scores.

''All I'm missing is a couple little numbers and a little bit of confidence,'' McDowell said.

Defending champion Dustin Johnson shot a 69 and gets to stick around for the weekend. He was at 1-over 143. Bubba Watson, who won in 2014 and 2016, has fallen out of the top 200 in the world after a two-year drought. He shot a 70 and was at 4-under 138, and then headed for the NBA All-Star weekend to play in the celebrity game.