Golf Capsules


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 are both seeking PGA Tour cards.

Following consecutive 61s on Friday and Saturday, Matteson closed with a 68 to match Fowler and Lovemark, who had 64s, at 18 under.

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.

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.

Matteson's first tour victory came in 2006, when he won the Open in Las Vegas, now called the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

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.

AT&T Championship

SAN ANTONIO 'Phil Blackmar won his first Champions Tour title, birdieing five of his first six holes en route to a 7-under 64 and a one-stroke victory over Jay Haas , Tom Kite and Andy Bean in the AT&T Championship.

Blackmar, a three-time winner on the PGA Tour who joined the Champions Tour late in 2007, had a 10-under 203 total on the Oak Hills course. The 6-foot-7 former University of Texas player earned $255,000 and jumped 27 spots in the Charles Schwab Cup standings to 30th to take the last spot in the season-ending event in Sonoma, Calif.

Haas (69) had a chance to win or force a playoff, but bogeyed the 202-yard, par-3 18th. He left his tee shot short, dumped a chip into the front bunker, then watched his third shot roll over the lip and stay out of the cup by less than an inch.

Kite (68) missed an 8-foot birdie putt on 18, and Bean (70) failed to chip in from past the green.

Nationwide Tour Championship

CHARLESTON, S.C. 'Matt Every won the season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship to earn a 2010 PGA Tour card with a 10th-place finish on the money list, closing with a 5-under 67 for a three-stroke victory over Michael Sim .

Every earned $180,000 for his first tour win to jump from 49th to 10th on the money list with $300,936, with the top 25 earning PGA Tour cards. The former Florida star had a 21-under 267 total on the Daniel Island Club's Ralston Creek Course.

Sim, a three-time winner this year, shot a 69. He earned $108,000 to push his tour-record total to $644,142.

Josh Teater (70) and Steve Wheatcroft (72) tied for third at 13 under.

Every and Wheatcroft were the only players to move into the top 25, with Wheatcroft earning $58,000 to jump from 31st to 20th with $213,165.

Castello Masters Costa Azahar

CASTELLON, Spain 'Sweden's Michael Jonzon won the Castello Masters Costa Azahar to keep his European tour card next season, shooting a 4-under 67 for a one-stroke victory over countryman Christian Nilsson and Germany's Martin Kaymer .

Jonzon needed to finish first or second to guarantee he'd be exempt for next season. He finished at 20-under 264 at Club de Campo del Mediterraneo for his second win in 290 starts. He also won the 1997 Portuguese Open.

Nilsson shot a 65, and Kaymer had a 67. Sergio Garcia , the winner last year on his home course, had a 69 to finish third, three strokes behind Jonzon.

Iskandar Johor Open

JOHOR BAHRU, Malaysia 'South Korea's K.J. Choi won the Asian Tour's rain-shortened Iskandar Johor Open, closing with a bogey-free 8-under 64 for a four-stroke victory over Thailand's Chapchai Nirat .

Choi, a seven-time winner on the PGA Tour, finished at 20-under 196 at Royal Johor. Chapchai closed with a 66. South Africa's Retief Goosen (62) and India's Himmat Rai (70) tied for third at 15 under.