Matteson Close to Joining Gore on PGA Tour

By Sports NetworkSeptember 18, 2005, 4:00 pm
Nationwide TourRANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -- Troy Matteson overcame a two-shot deficit on Sunday to collect his second win this year at the Mark Christopher Charity Classic. He shot a final-round, 4-under 67 to win the event by two at 13-under-par 271.
 
Spike McRoy, an overnight co-leader, had to eagle the last to catch Matteson in the clubhouse. He only managed par and a round of even-par 71 to share second with Johnson Wagner (67) and Mathew Goggin (68) at minus-11.
 
Kevin Gessino-Kraft fired a 6-under 65 and finished alone in fifth place at 10-under-par 274 at Empire Lakes Golf Club.
 
Matteson began the final round two behind and wasted little time in making up the deficit. He drained a 25-foot birdie putt at the first and followed it up with a 12-footer for birdie at the second.
 
Matteson added another birdie at the par-5 fifth and tapped in a short birdie putt at No. 8. At this point, he was one ahead of McRoy, but the 2002 B.C. Open winner found trouble at the par-3 ninth.
 
McRoy's tee ball landed in the water, and after his drop, his third found the front, greenside bunker. He made double bogey, but atoned for the mistake with birdies at 10 and 12 to get within one at minus-12.
 
Matteson made some solid pars down the stretch, including a 6-footer at 13 and a 4-footer at the 14th. He pulled the wrong club at the par-3 17th and came up short and right of the green. Matteson chipped to 2 feet and rolled in the par save.
 
He had 15 feet for birdie at the last, but missed the chance to pad his lead. Matteson would watch McRoy come into the clubhouse to see if a playoff would be needed.
 
McRoy missed the green at the 15th and ran his chip 25 feet past the hole. He could not save par and fell two back. McRoy parred 16 and 17 so he would need eagle at the last to match Matteson at minus-13. McRoy drove into the right rough and laid up and when his wedge approach missed the hole, Matteson won the title.
 
'I played really well on the front side, made some birdies early and struggled through the back,' said Matteson, who pocketed $81,000 to extend his lead on the money list. 'Today I was very lucky that I made all of my par putts on the back side.'
 
Matteson has some goals for the remaining 2005 schedule. One more win (he also captured the Virginia Beach Open), and he earns a 'battlefield promotion' to the PGA Tour. He is also about $50,000 away from Zach Johnson's 2003 all-time money record on the Nationwide Tour.
 
'I think we'd like to get the all-time money lead,' said Matteson. 'If we got another win, that'd be great, but I'm looking to have a good season the rest of the year.'
 
Danny Ellis (67), John Mallinger (70) and David Branshaw (71) tied for sixth place at 9-under-par 275.
 
Jason Caron, who shared the lead with McRoy after Saturday's third round, struggled to a 3-over 74 and shared ninth place with Tom Scherrer (69), Keith Huber (69), Tom Johnson (69), Robin Byrd (70), Jeff Klauk (73) and Tom Carter (73). The group came in at minus-8.
 
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    After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 2:19 am

    Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

    On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...

    Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).

    Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.

    It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard


    On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...

    There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.

    He sure looks like the real deal, though.  

    His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.

    Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner

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    Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2

    By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:25 am

    With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.

    He picked up one more No. 2, too.

    The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.

    In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.

    Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.

    “It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”

    Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.

    Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.

    He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.

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    Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title

    By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 1:05 am

    Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.

    Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.

    His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.

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    Rahm beats Landry in playoff to win CareerBuilder

    By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:00 am

    Jon Rahm birdied the fourth extra hole Sunday to defeat Andrew Landry in a playoff, win the CareerBuilder Challenge and move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Here’s how things played out in overtime at PGA West:

    Leaderboard: Rahm (-22), Landry (-22), John Huh (-20), Adam Hadwin (-20), Martin Piller (-20), Kevin Chappell (-19), Scott Piercy (-19)

    What it means: This is Rahm’s second PGA Tour win and his fourth worldwide victory in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. Rahm took the early lead Thursday with an opening 62 and after rounds of 67-70, he started the final round two back. On Sunday, he made five birdies without dropping a single shot on the intimidating Stadium Course. In the clubhouse at 22 under, Rahm watched as Landry made birdie on 18 to force a playoff.

    Rahm missed birdie putts that would have ended the tournament on the final hole of regulation and on each playoff hole. Finally, on his fourth trip down 18 of the day, his birdie bid found the cup. With the victory, Rahm passes Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, trailing only Dustin Johnson. He enters next week at Torrey Pines looking to defend for the first time.

    Best of the rest: A two-time Web.com winner playing his second full season on the PGA Tour, Landry shot 68 Sunday, making birdie on the 72nd hole to force extras. Once Rahm finally made birdie on the fourth playoff hole, Landry's putt to extend slid by on the right edge. This is Landry's best career finish on the PGA Tour. Had he won, he would have secured full Tour status through the 2019-20 season and earned invites to the Masters, Players, and PGA Championships.

    Round of the day: Sam Saunders fired an 8-under 64 to register this best finish of the season, a tie for eighth at 18 under. The reigning Web.com Tour Championship winner was 9 under par through 12 holes before making bogey at 13 and parring his way into the clubhouse.

    Biggest disappointment: Overnight leader Austin Cook was eyeing his second win of the season but never contended. The RSM champion carded two double bogeys Sunday en route to a 3-over 75, dropping him from the 54-hole lead to a tie for 14th.

    Shot of the day: Rahm's putt to win:

    Quote of the day: "One of us had to do it and either one of us would have been a well-deserving champion." - Rahm on his playoff victory over Landry