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Mattiace Delivers Comeback Win at FedEx

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Len Mattiace overcame a seven-stroke deficit Sunday when he fired a 7-under 64 to win the St. Jude Classic at the TPC at Southwind. He finished the tournament at 18-under-par 266 and prevailed by one shot over Tim Petrovic.
 
Mattiace won for the second time in 2002 after capturing his first tour victory at the Nissan Open in February. He joined Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson as the only multiple champions on the PGA Tour this season.
 
'It's a great feeling to win a second time this year,' said Mattiace, who collected $684,000 for the win. 'I feel like I'm a better player overall. And I've done a lot better things on the golf course this year than I ever have in the past years. And the results are now showing it.'

Mattiace talks more about his win.

Canada's Glen Hnatiuk squandered his four-shot lead at the start of the round with costly bogeys at seven, eight and finally 13, where he fell into a tie for the lead for the first time in Sunday's final round.
 
At the 14th, Hnatiuk attacked a right pin placement and paid the price, missing right and seeing his chances for a first win on tour fall into the water.
 
Hnatiuk carded a 6-over-par 77 and tied for 14th at 12-under-par.
 
Notah Begay III, the 2000 champion at Southwind, shot 69 for third place at 16-under-par, followed by reigning PGA Champion David Toms, who closed with a 68 to finish at minus 15.
 
Mattiace used strong back-nine play to quietly move up the leaderboard. He made back-to-back birdies at 11 and 12 to get to within one shot of Hnatiuk's lead. When Hnatiuk bogeyed 13 and Mattiace drained a 12-footer for birdie from the back fringe at 15, the duo shared the top spot at 16-under-par.
 
After Hnatiuk's mistake at 14, Mattiace had the outright lead but wouldn't be alone at the top for long. Begay ran home a 10-foot birdie putt at the 14th to tie Mattiace at 16-under-par.
 
Mattiace quickly reclaimed the lead with a 10-foot birdie putt at the 16th and the lead would be extended thanks to Begay. At the 15th, Begay roped an approach shot that took a few hops and came to rest on a spectator's lap behind the green. Begay took a drop and chipped his third across the green, then missed his chip to save par and fell two behind Mattiace.
 
Mattiace padded his lead at 17 when he landed his 7-iron approach 12 feet from the hole. He rolled home that birdie to go ahead by three, but Petrovic was charging up the leaderboard.
 
Petrovic, in the final group with Hnatiuk, birdied the 15th hole to reach 16-under par and needed to take advantage of the par-5 16th to trim Mattiace's lead. Petrovic ripped his second at the 528-yard hole to eight feet but left his eagle putt short, tapping in for birdie.
 
Petrovic made a nice par save at 17 after driving into the right rough and missing the green short. At 18, Petrovic's approach landed 45 feet right of the flag but his putt missed left to secure the title for Mattiace.
 
'I wasn't really nervous, I was just trying to focus on my shots,' said Petrovic, whose final-round 68 helped him to his best career finish on the PGA Tour. 'I think it was a little too hot to be nervous out there. I was just trying to stand up.'
 
David Howser, who played on a sponsor's exemption, shot a 7-under 64 Sunday and tied for fifth at 14-under-par. Jim Carter, Tripp Isenhour and Matt Kuchar joined Howser four shots out of first.
 
Full-field scores from the FedEx St. Jude Classic

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