Matteson Hits Vegas Jackpot

By Sports NetworkOctober 15, 2006, 4:00 pm
PGA Tour (75x100)LAS VEGAS -- Troy Matteson posted a 3-under 69 on Sunday to collect his first PGA Tour victory at the Open. He finished at 22-under-par 265 and won by a stroke over Ben Crane and Daniel Chopra at the TPC at Summerlin.
Matteson was the Nationwide Tour's leading money winner last season as he won twice and set that circuit's single-season record for earnings. He posted two top-10s this season on the PGA Tour, but was by no means comfortable.
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Troy Matteson earned $720,000 for his first PGA TOUR win.
He stood 143rd on the money list heading into Las Vegas and needed a big finish to earn his PGA Tour card for next year. With the win, he gets a two-year exemption and can enjoy the final few weeks of the season.
'There were a lot of things riding, not just the tournament, but my job,' said Matteson, whose top-10s this year were in his last two starts. 'I've been thinking about that all week. You just can't get it out of your head, no matter what you do.'
Crane fired a 7-under-par 65 on Sunday to join Chopra, who posted a 6-under 66, at 21-under-par 266. Frank Lickliter, who holed a long eagle putt at 16 to get into the fray, shot an 8-under 64 and finished alone in fourth at minus-20.
The third round was completed Sunday morning after darkness forced the suspension of play on Saturday. The golfers finished without incident, but due to the design of the course, some final rounds reached six hours in length.
Matteson carried a one-shot lead into the final round and extended the margin with birdies at the par-5 third and the par-4 seventh. He dropped a shot at the par-3 eighth to fall to 20 under par, but was still two ahead of Lickliter and Charley Hoffman.
Matteson converted a 4-foot birdie putt at the 11th to move three clear, but trouble loomed at the par-5 13th. His ball found the fairway, but his fairway-wood approach hit the face of a bunker and shot off into the left rough. He knocked his third short of the green and he putted his fourth 20 feet past the flagstick. Matteson two-putted from there for a bogey, but when Lickliter made his 45-foot eagle putt at 16, the pair was knotted in the lead at 20 under par.
At the par-3 14th, Matteson hit his tee ball 12 feet right of the hole. He sank the birdie putt to move one ahead, but Crane, playing a few groups ahead, made a move.
Crane was only 2 under par on his round until he chipped in for birdie from off the green at the 12th. He rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt at the 13th to reach 19 under par.
Crane birdied the par-4 15th to get within one, but when his 6-footer for birdie at the 16th found the bottom of the cup, Crane was tied for the lead with Matteson.
But Matteson still had the reachable, par-5 16th to play. He reached the putting surface with a 5-iron and two-putted from close to 60 feet for a birdie and the lead.
Chopra hit his second at 16 to 6 feet and holed the eagle putt to pull within two. He drained a 28-footer for birdie at 17 and suddenly found himself one down with one to play.
Matteson was one stroke ahead of both Chopra and Crane, but he hit a beautiful approach 8 feet right of the hole at 18. Chopra missed a long birdie try at the closing hole so Matteson had two putts for the win.
He narrowly missed his birdie try, but tapped in for the win.
'There was a lot of pressure,' said Matteson, who pocketed $720,000 for the victory. 'I think we've done pretty good with it.'
Hoffman hit his second at the 16th into the water, essentially eliminating his chances at PGA TOUR win No. 1. He finished with a 1-under 71 and tied for fifth place with two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen, who needs some more high finishes to secure his playing privileges for next season. The pair came in at 19-under-par 268.
Bubba Dickerson (67) and Tom Pernice, Jr. (68) shared seventh place at minus-18, while Ron Whittaker (66) and Joey Sindelar (67) tied for ninth at 17-under-par 270.
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    Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 3:21 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    After Kelly drove it well right into lava rocks on the par-4 16th, leading to bogey and giving Montgomerie the lead, Montgomerie made a mistake with his tee shot on the last, finding a fairway bunker. Montgomerie's approach went over the green and after Kelly converted his birdie, the 54-year-old Scot jammed his par putt well past the hole.

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    It was the third win on the over-50 tour for the 51-year-old Kelly, who finished tied for 14th last week at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu. That gave him confidence as he hopped over to the Big Island for his tournament debut at Hualalai. The limited-field event includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 18-under 198. Montgomerie shot 69. David Toms shot 67 and finished two shots back, and Miguel Angel Jimenez was another stroke behind after a 66.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, closed with a 70 to finish at 10 under.

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    Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

    Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

    Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

    “I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”

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    The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

    “The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

    Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.

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    Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

    LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook hit a hybrid into the fairway bunker on the par-4 18th on a breezy Saturday afternoon at La Quinta Country Club, then chunked a wedge and raced a chip 20 feet past the hole.

    Kip Henley, the longtime PGA Tour caddie who guided Cook to a breakthrough victory at Sea Island in November, stepped in to give the 26-year-old former Arkansas star a quick pep talk.

    ''Kip said, 'Let's finish this like we did on the first day at the Nicklaus Course.' We made a big par putt on 18 there and he said, 'Let's just do the same thing. Let's get this line right and if you get the line right it's going in.'''

    It did, giving Cook an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge going into the final round on the Stadium Course at PGA West. Fellow former Razorback Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were tied for second, and Jon Rahm and Scott Piercy were a another stroke back after a tricky day in wind that didn't get close to the predicted gusts of 40 mph.

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    ''I know that I wouldn't have wanted to play the Stadium today,'' Cook said. ''I think we got a great draw with the courses that we got to play on the days that we got to play them.''

    Cook played the final six holes on the front nine in 6 under with an eagle and four birdies.

    ''Starting on my fourth hole, I was able to make a birdie and kind of get the ball rolling and it never really stopped rolling,'' Cook said. ''Kip and I were doing really good at seeing the line on the greens.''

    After a bogey on 10, he birdied 11, 12 and 15 and parred the final three to get to 19-under 197.

    ''I think that tonight the nerves, the butterflies, all that will kind of be a little less,'' Cook said. ''I've been in the situation before and I was able to finish the job on Sunday. I think it would be a little different if I didn't play like I did on Sunday at Sea Island.''

    He's making his first start in the event.

    ''I came in from Hawaii on Monday, so I only had two days to prepare for three courses,'' Cook said.

    Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 at the Stadium. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. Winless on the PGA Tour, they will join Cook in the final threesome.

    ''Piller's a good guy and we have played a lot together and same with Cookie,'' said Landry, the only player without a bogey after 54 holes. ''Hope the Hogs are going to come out on top.''

    Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium to reach 17 under. The third-ranked Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

    ''A little bit of a survival day,'' Rahm said.

    The wind was more of a factor on the more exposed and tighter Stadium Course.

    ''The course is firming up,'' Rahm said. ''I know if we have similar wind to today, if we shoot something under par, you'll be way up there contesting it over the last few holes.''

    Piercy had a 66 at the Stadium.

    ''I controlled my ball really well today,'' he said.

    Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on the Nicklaus Course, and Harkins shot 68 at the Stadium.

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time. The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

    Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. He had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over.

    John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine - and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.

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    Phil misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

    He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

    How rare is his missing the cut there?

    The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.

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    The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

    The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

    Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

    Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.