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.

Troy Matteson
Troy Matteson is on fire in the Arizona desert. (Getty Images)

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.

Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

"It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’

Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

“Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

“That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

Lexi Thompson:

Baking time!!

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David Feherty:

Jack Nicklaus:

GC Tiger Tracker:

Steve Stricker:

Golf Channel:

Frank Nobilo:

Ian Poulter:

Tyrone Van Aswegen:

Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.

Tributes pour in for legendary caddie Sheridan

By Randall MellNovember 23, 2017, 2:54 pm

Tributes are pouring in as golf celebrates the life of Greg Sheridan after receiving news of his passing.

Sheridan, a long-time LPGA caddie who worked for some of the game’s all-time greats, including Kathy Whitworth and Beth Daniel, died Wednesday in Indian Rocks Beach, Fla., at 63. He was diagnosed in July 2016 with brain and lung cancer.

Sheridan worked the last dozen years or so with Natalie Gulbis, who expressed her grief in an Instagram post on Wednesday:

“Greg…I miss you so much already and it hasn’t even been a day. 15+ seasons traveling the world you carried me & my bag through the highs and lows of golf and life. You were so much more than my teammate on the course…Thank you.”

Sheridan was on Whitworth’s bag for the last of her LPGA-record 88 titles.

“When I first came on tour, I would try to find out how many times Greg won,” Gulbis told Golfweek. “It’s a crazy number, like 50.”

Matthew Galloway, a caddie and friend to Sheridan, summed up Sheridan’s impressive reach after caddying with him one year at the LPGA Founders Cup, where the game’s pioneers are honored.

“Best Greg story,” Galloway tweeted on Thanksgiving morning, “coming up 18 at PHX all the founders were in their chairs. Greg goes, `Yep, caddied for her, her and her.’ Legend.”

In a first-person column for Golf Magazine last year, Gulbis focused on Sheridan while writing about the special bond between players and caddies. She wrote that she won the “looper lottery” when she first hired Sheridan in ’04.

“Greg and I have traveled the world, and today he is like family,” Gulbis wrote. “Sometimes, he’s a psychologist. Last year, my mom got sick and it was a distraction, but he was great. When I used to have boyfriend issues and breakup issues, he was my confidant. In a world where caddies sometimes spill secrets, Greg has kept a respectful silence, and I can’t thank him enough for that. He’s an extension of me.”

Four months after Gulbis wrote the column, Sheridan was diagnosed with cancer.

“The LPGA family is saddened to hear of the loss of long-time tour caddie, Greg Sheridan,” the LPGA tweeted. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and players he walked with down the fairways. #RIP.”

Dean Herden was among the legion of caddies saddened by the news.

“Greg was a great guy who I respected a lot and taught me some great things over the years,” Herden texted to

Here are some of heartfelt messages that are rolling across Twitter:

Retired LPGA great Annika Sorenstam:

LPGA commissioner Mike Whan in a retweet of Gulbis:

Golf Channel reporter and former tour player Jerry Foltz:

Christina Kim:

LPGA caddie Shaun Clews:

LPGA caddie Jonny Scott:

LPGA caddie Kevin Casas:

LPGA pro Jennie Lee: