Matteson’s Frys.com delight

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Troy Matteson held his nerve to win the Frys.com after a three-man play-off on Sunday.

Troy Matteson held off PGA Tour rookies Rickie Fowler and Jamie Lovemark to win the Frys.com Open in a three-man play-off at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Sunday.
Matteson had swept into the 54-hole lead on the back of consecutive nine-under-par rounds of 61 on the Raptor Course at Grayhawk and had reached the 72nd hole needing a par four to win the tournament outright.
But he bogeyed it to card a closing 68 that sent him into a three-way play-off with fellow Americans Fowler and Lovemark.
Fowler, at 20 years, 10 months and 12 days was playing in just his second tournament as a professional and aiming to become the youngest PGA Tour winner since Tiger Woods 13 years previously.
He had fired a hole in one at the par-three fifth hole and had vied with Matteson for the lead until he too finished with a bogey at the 18th for a six-under 64 that put him at 18 under par tie.
Lovemark, 21, was making just his fourth professional start and unlike the other two in the play-off, he moved to 18-under with a final-hole birdie.
That left Matteson, 29, needing that par at the last to win the second title of his professional career, his first also having been a Frys.com Open, but this one in Las Vegas three years ago.
Matteson, though, fired his second shot on the last from the middle of the fairway 153 yards out into a left, greenside bunker.
His sand wedge left him with a 10-foot putt for victory but nerves seemed to get to him and it came up short and for the third week in a row the PGA Tour Fall Series needed a play-off with American Bill Lunde and South Africa’s Tim Clark tied for fourth on 16-under.
The leading trio went back to the 18th tee where the youngsters found the middle of the fairway while Matteson drove into a left-side fairway bunker.
Lovemark, though, found the edge of the lake with his second shot but caught a huge break when it splashed back onto dry ground and rested on an upslope in greenside rough.
Both Matteson and Lovemark rescued par to force Fowler to go to the second play-off hole after he missed a 43-foot birdie putt for victory.
Matteson, though, was not to be denied and when his rivals parred the 17th, the 29-year-old sank a short birdie putt for victory.
“I just can’t believe that it’s ended up like this,” said Matteson, who won $900,000. “I know I stumbled going down the stretch, but I’m still beside myself.”
Former Masters champion Mike Weir posted the third 61 of the tournament, the Canadian adding his nine-under score to Matteson’s rounds to jump into a tie for sixth place with American Bryce Molder on 15 under.
Europe’s top-finisher, Germany’s Alex Cejka ,was a further shot back in a five-way tie for eighth while Martin Laird followed his maiden PGA Tour victory last week in Las Vegas with a top-15 finish in his adopted hometown. The Scotsman added a 67 to Saturday’s career-low 62 to finish at 12 under in a tie for 13th.
England’s Greg Owen had shared the lead with Fowler after 36 holes before a 73 ruined his chances on Saturday but he bounced back on Sunday with a 68 to finish 10 under par for the week in a tie for 29th.
Fellow Englishman Brian Davis fired a final-round 68 to finish the week at five under par.
ALL THE FINAL ROUND SCORES
<(USA unless stated, par 70):

262 Troy Matteson 72 61 61 68 (won play-off at second extra hole)
262 Rickie Fowler 65 64 69 64, Jamie Lovemark 69 64 65 64
264 Bill Lunde 66 67 65 66, Tim Clark (Rsa) 68 64 65 67
265 Mike Weir (Can) 66 67 71 61, Bryce Molder 67 65 70 63
267 Chris Stroud 67 65 65 70, Heath Slocum 64 68 68 67, Ryan Moore 66 65 67 69, Nicholas Thompson 66 68 65 68, Alex Cejka (Ger) 67 67 69 64
268 Pat Perez 66 67 68 67, Tim Herron 68 68 66 66, Nick O’Hern (Aus) 63 68 67 70, Tom Pernice Jnr. 67 69 68 64, Webb Simpson 68 65 64 71, Ben Crane 66 67 67 68, Justin Leonard 66 64 69 69, Tim Petrovic 66 71 66 65, Martin Laird (Sco) 67 72 62 67, Rocco Mediate 67 66 70 65
269 D.A. Points 65 71 67 66, Chris Riley 70 67 67 65, Robert Garrigus 70 65 65 69, Andres Romero (Arg) 68 68 70 63, Chez Reavie 70 67 68 64, Stephen Ames (Can) 66 66 68 69
270 Brett Quigley 68 70 68 64, Bo Van Pelt 67 68 67 68, Carl Pettersson (Swe) 70 67 65 68, Greg Owen (Eng) 65 64 73 68
271 Spencer Levin 66 71 66 68, J J Henry 69 67 70 65, Nathan Green (Aus) 69 66 66 70, Chad Campbell 68 67 68 68, Arron Oberholser 68 69 66 68, Bob Heintz 64 73 69 65
272 Peter Tomasulo 68 65 70 69, Rory Sabbatini (Rsa) 65 72 68 67, Scott McCarron 67 67 70 68, John Merrick 72 65 66 69, Ted Purdy 72 67 64 69, Steve Elkington (Aus) 68 71 68 65, Ricky Barnes 66 70 71 65, Mark Calcavecchia 71 68 67 66, D.J. Trahan 69 64 71 68
273 Kent Jones 71 67 67 68, Ryan Palmer 69 66 68 70
274 Charlie Wi (Kor) 69 69 68 68, Jeff Klauk 66 70 70 68, Paul Goydos 66 70 70 68, Billy Mayfair 66 70 68 70, Matthew Jones (Aus) 67 68 71 68
275 Brian Davis (Eng) 70 67 70 68, Vaughn Taylor 69 66 71 69, Chris DiMarco 68 69 69 69, Steve Flesch 69 68 67 71, Greg Chalmers (Aus) 70 69 67 69, Tom Lehman 68 65 72 70, John Mallinger 70 68 66 71, Brian Vranesh 68 66 69 72, Jonathan Byrd 70 66 66 73, Jason Gore 70 68 68 69, Stuart Appleby (Aus) 70 65 70 70
276 Matt Bettencourt 69 70 65 72, Fred Couples 67 69 68 72, Mark Wilson 68 67 67 74
278 Colt Knost 71 66 69 72, Steve Lowery 67 67 76 68
279 Johnson Wagner 68 70 72 69, Peter Lonard (Aus) 69 68 70 72
281 Parker McLachlin 70 68 72 71
282 Glen Day 70 68 74 70
284 Brad Faxon 69 69 74 72
285 Michael Bradley 70 69 73 73
286 Aron Price (Aus) 70 69 75 72

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