Matteson Struggles Still Leads in Missouri

By Sports NetworkAugust 13, 2005, 4:00 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Miss. -- Troy Matteson struggled to a 1-under 71 on Saturday, but still leads by two strokes after three rounds of the Price Cutter Charity Championship. Matteson completed 54 holes at 17-under-par 199.
Gabriel Hjertstedt and BellSouth Panama Championship winner Vance Veazey each shot 5-under 67s to share second place at 15-under-par 201.
Jason Dufner, who has missed the cut in nine of his 12 starts this year, fired a 6-under 66 to climb into a share of fourth place. He was joined at minus-14 by Kevin Johnson, Brent Schwarzrock, Roger Tambellini and first-round co-leader Scott Weatherly.
The third round was completed despite a one-hour, five-minute weather delay. With the potential for bad weather on Sunday, the final round will have players going off split tees in threesomes.
Matteson, who led by four strokes entering the round, got off to a nice start with birdies on two and three at Highland Springs Country Club. He settled in with five straight pars.
The Virginia Beach Open winner tripped to a bogey on the ninth to slip to minus-17. He got that stroke back with his third birdie in as many days at the par-5 11th, but trouble loomed.
Matteson, who also owns two runner-up finishes this year, three-putted his way to a double bogey at the par-4 12th. His lead slipped to one with a bogey on the 13th.
The 25-year-old fell to minus-14 and out of the lead with a bogey on No. 14. He righted the ship with a pair of pars.
Matteson got one stroke back with a birdie on the par-4 17th. He then eagled the par-5 closing hole to secure the third-round lead for the third time this year and third time in his career.
'After things didn't go our way and having some bad holes, it's always good to get some momentum going into the next day, no matter how you can get it,' said Matteson. 'We just tried to get a good finish and get some shots back.'
Matteson had a lengthy delay before he played his 18th. With water short of the green, players faced the decision to lay up or go for the green. Between that decision and penalty drops for balls going into the hazard, there were several groups on the closing hole when he got there.
'The wait was long enough that I was able to catch up with some friends,' Matteson joked. 'There were four groups waiting on the tee box, but that's understandable. When the wind died down, everybody can have a go for it when they hit a solid drive.'
Veazey opened with a birdie on the first. He came back to birdie the par-3 fourth that moved him to minus-12. The three-time winner on the Nationwide Tour parred his next six holes.
The 40-year-old ran in back-to-back birdies from the 11th. Veazey dropped in a birdie on the 15th to get to minus-15. As Matteson struggled and fell behind Veazey, Veazey birdied 16 to take a two-shot lead.
With Matteson rallying at the final two holes, Veazey stumbled to his only bogey on the par-5 18th to end two shots back.
Hjertstedt sank three birdies in a five-hole stretch from the third to move to 13-under. The Swede cruised around the turn with six consecutive pars.
The two-time winner on the PGA Tour dropped a shot on the 14th. Hjertstedt got that stroke back with a birdie on the 16th. He came right back with a birdie on 17 and made it three straight to close his round as he birdied the last to climb into a tie for second.
First-round co-leader Bill Haas carded a 2-under 70 on Saturday to end at 13-under-par 203. He was joined there by Henrico County Open winner Chad Collins, Kris Cox, Craig Lile and Steve Pleis.
Jeremy Anderson, Steven Bowditch, Rich Morris and Jerry Smith are one stroke further back at minus-12.
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    Ortiz takes Tour clubhouse lead in Bahamas

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:19 am

    Former Tour Player of the Year Carlos Ortiz shot a bogey-free, 4-under-par 68 Monday to take the clubhouse lead in The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay.

    Four other players - Lee McCoy, Brandon Matthews, Sung Jae Im and Mark Anderson - were still on the course and tied with Ortiz at 6-under 210 when third-round play was suspended by darkness at 5:32 p.m. local time. It is scheduled to resume at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

    Ortiz, a 26-year-old from Guadalajara, Mexico, is in search of his fourth Tour victory. In 2014, the former University of North Texas standout earned a three-win promotion on his way to being voted Tour Player of the Year.

    McCoy, a 23-year-old from Dunedin, Fla., is looking to become the first player to earn medalist honors at Q-School and then win the opening event of the season.

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    Randall's Rant: Can we please have some rivalries?

    By Randall MellJanuary 16, 2018, 12:00 am

    Memo to the golf gods:

    If you haven’t finalized the fates of today’s stars for the new year, could we get you to deliver what the game has lacked for so long?

    Can we get a real, honest-to-goodness rivalry?

    It’s been more than two decades since the sport has been witness to one.

    With world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week, an early-season showdown would percolate hope that this year might be all about rivalries.

    It seems as if the stars are finally aligned to make up for our long drought of rivalries, of the recurring clashes you have so sparingly granted through the game’s history.

    We’re blessed in a new era of plenty, with so many young stars blossoming, and with Tiger Woods offering hope he may be poised for a comeback. With Johnson, McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler among today’s dynamic cast, the possibility these titans will time their runs together on the back nine of Sundays in majors excites.

    We haven’t seen a real rivalry since Greg Norman and Nick Faldo sparred in the late '80s and early '90s.

    Woods vs. Phil Mickelson didn’t really count. While Lefty will be remembered for carving out a Hall of Fame career in the Tiger era, with 33 victories, 16 of them with Tiger in the field, five of them major championships, we get that Tiger had no rival, not in the most historic sense.

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    Phil never reached No. 1, was never named PGA Tour Player of the Year, never won a money title and never dueled with Woods on Sunday on the back nine of a major with the title on the line.  Still, it doesn’t diminish his standing as the best player not named Tiger Woods over the last 20 years. It’s a feat so noteworthy it makes him one of the game’s all-time greats.

    We’ve been waiting for an honest-to-goodness rivalry since Faldo and Norman took turns ruling at world No. 1 and dueling in big events, including the back nine of multiple majors. 

    In the '70s, we had Nicklaus-Watson. In the '60s, it was Nicklaus-Palmer. In the '40s and '50s, it was Hogan, Snead and Nelson in a triumvirate mix, and in the '20s and '30s we had Hagen and Sarazen.

    While dominance is the magic ingredient that can break a sport out of its niche, a dynamic rivalry is the next best elixir.

    Dustin Johnson looks capable of dominating today’s game, but there’s so much proven major championship talent on his heels. It’s hard to imagine him consistently fending off all these challengers, but it’s the fending that would captivate us.

    Johnson vs. McIlroy would be a fireworks show. So would Johnson vs. Thomas, or Thomas vs. Day or McIlroy vs. Rahm or Fowler vs. Koepka ... or any of those combinations.

    Spieth is a wild card that intrigues.

    While he’s not a short hitter, he isn’t the power player these other guys are, but his iron game, short game, putter and moxie combine to make him the most compelling challenger of all. His resolve, resilience and resourcefulness in the final round of his British Open victory at Royal Birkdale make him the most interesting amalgam of skill since Lee Trevino.

    Woods vs. any of them? Well, if we get that, we promise never to ask for anything more.

    So, if that cosmic calendar up there isn’t filled, how about it? How about a year of rivalries to remember?

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    McIlroy: 2018 may be my busiest season ever

    By Will GrayJanuary 15, 2018, 6:28 pm

    With his return to competition just days away, Rory McIlroy believes that the 2018 season may be the most action packed of his pro career.

    The 28-year-old has not teed it up since the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in early October, a hiatus he will end at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. It will be the start of a busy spring for the Ulsterman, who will also play next week in Dubai before a run of six PGA Tour events leading up to the Masters.

    Speaking to the U.K.'s Telegraph, McIlroy confirmed that he will also make a return trip to the British Masters in October and plans to remain busy over the next 12 months.

    "I might play more times this year than any before. I played 28 times in 2008 and I'm on track to beat that," McIlroy said. "I could get to 30 (events), depending on where I'm placed in the Race to Dubai. But I'll see."

    McIlroy's ambitious plan comes in the wake of a frustrating 2017 campaign, when he injured his ribs in his first start and twice missed chunks of time in an effort to recover. He failed to win a worldwide event and finished the year ranked outside the top 10, both of which had not happened since 2008.

    But having had more than three months to get his body and swing in shape, McIlroy is optimistic heading into the first of what he hopes will be eight starts in the 12 weeks before he drives down Magnolia Lane.

    "I've worked hard on my short game and I'm probably feeling better with the putter than I ever have," McIlroy said. "I've had a lot of time to concentrate on everything and it all feels very good and a long way down the road."

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    What's in the Bag: Sony Open winner Kizzire

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 15, 2018, 6:05 pm

    Patton Kizzire earned his second PGA Tour victory by winning a six-hole playoff at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Take a look inside his bag.

    Driver: Titleist 917D3 (10.5 degrees), with Fujikura Atmos Black 6 X shaft

    Fairway Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Blue 95 TX shaft

    Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees), with UST Mamiya AXIV Core 100 Hybrid shaft

    Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (4), 718 CB (5-6), 718 MB (7-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

    Wedges: Titleist SM7 prototype (47, 52, 56, 60 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

    Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo Tour prototype

    Ball: Titleist Pro V1x