Matteson wins Fryscom Open in playoff

By Associated PressOctober 25, 2009, 11:55 pm
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. ' Recovering from a late collapse, Troy Matteson birdied the second playoff hole to beat Jamie Lovemark and Rickie Fowler in the Open on Sunday at Grayhawk Golf Club.

Matteson bogeyed the final two holes of regulation to fall into the playoff with Lovemark and Fowler, who were both seeking PGA Tour cards.

After all three players parred the first playoff hole, Matteson hit his approach within 3 feet on the 464-yard, par-4 17th hole. With shadows stretching onto the green, he rolled in the putt for his second PGA Tour win.

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Rickie Fowler came close to winning his first PGA Tour title. (Getty Images)

On the first playoff hole ' the 515-yard, par-4 18th ' Matteson and Fowler each reached the green in two and made easy par putts.

Lovemark got a gift when his approach splashed into a man-made lagoon, then bounced onto the slope of the green. Lovemark chipped to 3 feet and made the putt to stay alive.

The 29-year-old Matteson's first Tour victory came as a rookie in 2006, when he won the Open in Las Vegas, now called the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Matteson won $900,000, while Lovemark and Fowler each earned $440,000.

With about $553,000 in earnings this year, Fowler has received a temporary Tour membership that allows him to play in the Viking Classic next week. If he doesn't win that tourney, Fowler would have to go to the final stage of Q-School.

Lovemark said he's headed to the first stage of Q-School next week at Pinehurst.

Fowler and Lovemark had finished their rounds when Matteson faltered on a sun-splashed afternoon in the desert.

After bogeying the 17th, Matteson (68) knocked his approach shot into a bunker on the 18th. He chipped to about 10 feet, then missed the putt to force a playoff with Fowler and Lovemark.

Fowler and Lovemark watched the drama unfold from a practice green across the lagoon from the 18th green.

Fowler (64) led briefly midway through the round, but his bogey on 18 cost him a chance to win in regulation.

Lovemark played his way into contention with a 64. He had seven birdies in regulation, five on the back nine.

Bill Lunde (66) and Tim Clark (67) tied for fourth at 16 under, and 2007 winner Mike Weir (61) and Bryce Molder (63) followed at 15 under. Weir had a chance for the fourth 59 in PGA Tour history, but parred the final three holes.

Matteson rolled into Sunday with a three-stroke lead, thanks to back-to-back 61s on Friday and Saturday ' a PGA Tour record for lowest score in consecutive rounds.

For most of the day, the tourney was a duel between Fowler and Matteson, who traded salvos on Grayhawk's Raptor Course.

Fowler entered in a five-way tie at 12 under, four strokes back of Matteson. But the 20-year-old Fowler, who turned pro after the Walker Cup last month, quickly charged into the lead.

Fowler aced the par-3, 203-yard fifth hole to go to 17 under and leapfrog Matteson. It was the fourth hole-in-one in two days.

Matteson, playing two groups behind Fowler, responded with an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole to jump back in front.

Matteson's edge grew to two strokes with a birdie on the par-4 sixth, and he led by two at the turn. But Fowler birdied the 10th, 11th and 12th to reclaim the lead.

Matteson tied it with a birdie on the par-5 11th.

Fowler dropped a stroke with a bogey on the par-3 13th. But he regained his composure and pulled back into a tie with a 30-foot birdie putt on the 14th.

Moments later, a roar went up behind Fowler: Matteson had answered with his own birdie on the 12th and led again.

Matteson clung to the lead as the duel moved to the final holes. With a chance to tie on 16, Fowler missed a 45-foot birdie putt by inches.

Fowler was still in the hunt until the par-4 18th, when his tee shot landed on the side of a fairway bunker. Fowler put his next shot into a bunker to the left of the green, then chipped to the fringe and narrowly missed a par-saving putt.

The victory capped a strong final two months for Matteson, who played inconsistently for much of the year.

Matteson missed the cut in 11 of his first 22 starts this season. But he found his form as the year wound down, making the cut in his final eight events and finishing in the top-20 three times.

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PGA Tour, LPGA react to video review rules changes

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 1:32 pm

The USGA and R&A announced on Monday updates to the Rules of Golf, including no longer accepting call-ins relating to violations. The PGA Tour and LPGA, which were both part of a working group of entities who voted on the changes, issued the following statements:

PGA Tour:

The PGA Tour has worked closely with the USGA and R&A on this issue in recent years, and today's announcement is another positive step to ensure the Rules of Golf align with how the game is presented and viewed globally. The PGA Tour will adopt the new Local Rule beginning January 1, 2018 and evolve our protocols for reviewing video evidence as outlined.


We are encouraged by the willingness of the governing bodies to fully vet the issues and implement real change at a pace much quicker than the sport has seen previously. These new adaptations, coupled with changes announced earlier this year, are true and meaningful advances for the game. The LPGA plans to adopt fully the protocols and new Local Rule as outlined.

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Sharma closes on Monday, wins Joburg Open

By Associated PressDecember 11, 2017, 12:43 pm

JOHANNESBURG – Shubhankar Sharma won his first European Tour title by a shooting 3-under 69 Monday in the final round of the weather-delayed Joburg Open.

The 21-year-old Indian resumed his round on the eighth green after play was halted early Sunday afternoon because of storms. He parred that hole, birdied No. 9 and made par on every hole on the back nine.

Full-field scores from the Joburg Open

Sharma finished at 23-under 264, three strokes ahead of the pack, and qualified for next year's British Open, too.

''I actually wasn't going to come here about a week ago ... so I'm really happy that I came,'' said Sharma, who shot 61 in the second round. ''I don't think I'm ever going forget my first time in South Africa.''

Erik van Rooyen (66) was second, three strokes ahead of Shaun Norris (65) and Tapio Pulkkanen (68).

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By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 pm

Sharma among three Open qualifiers at Joburg Open

By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:16 pm

Shubhankar Sharma earned his first career European Tour win at the rain-delayed Joburg Open and punched his ticket to The Open in the process.

Sharma returned to Randpark Golf Club Monday morning after storms washed out much of the scheduled final day of play. Beginning the re-start with a four-shot lead, he hung on to win by three over South Africa's Erik Van Rooyen.

Both men can make travel plans for Carnoustie next summer, as this was the second event in the Open Qualifying Series with three spots available for players not otherwise exempt who finished inside the top 10. The final spot went to Shaun Norris, who tied for third with Finland's Tapio Pulkkanen but had a higher world ranking (No. 192) than Pulkkanen (No. 197) entering the week.

The Joburg Open was the final official European Tour event of the year. The next tournament in the Open Qualifying Series will be the SMBC Singapore Open in January, where four spots at Carnoustie will be up for grabs.