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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    Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

    Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

    Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

    “I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

    The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

    “I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

    Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

    This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

    The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

    Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

    The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.

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    A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

    And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

    The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.

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    By Grill Room TeamDecember 11, 2017, 9:47 pm

    Well, this is a one new one.

    According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:

    “No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

    Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.

    “If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.

    The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.

    “I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”

    The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.

    Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.

    Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.