Matteson sizzles with a 61 at Greenbrier Classic

Fri Jul 4, 2014 7:57pm EDT
 
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(Reuters) - Troy Matteson briefly eyed a 59 as he snapped a season-long slump to match his lowest ever score on the PGA Tour with a 61 for fourth place after the second round of the Greenbrier Classic on Friday.

American Matteson enjoyed a magnificent day on the greens, using his putter just 19 times as he racked up nine birdies to trail leader Billy Hurley III by two strokes on Greenbrier's Old White course in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia .

"This was unlike any day I've had this year but I've always been a streaky putter. When I get hot, it usually falls in from just about anywhere," Matteson told PGATour.com after posting a seven-under 133 total.

Hurley shot a blemish-free 63 to finish on nine-under, a shot better than Kevin Chappell (65) and Chris Stroud (66) on an all-American leaderboard on the country's Independence Day.

Eight-time major champion Tom Watson, 64, came within four strokes of matching his age and made the cut, eight strokes behind.

Matteson had missed the cut in his previous four starts but after a birdie at his penultimate hole stood on the final tee with thoughts of matching the 59 fired by Australian Stuart Appleby, who shot the rare number at the same venue four years ago to win the title.

Needing a hole-in-one at the par-three 18th to become only the seventh player on tour to break 60, Matteson took dead aim with a pitching wedge from 163 yards but could only find a bunker.

"I was like, I've just got to take a shot at it," the 34-year-old said.

"How many shots are you going to get? I just pushed it, just very slightly."   Continued...

 
Troy Matteson of the U.S. tees off on the first hole during the third round of the Malaysia's Asia Pacific Classic golf tournament in Kuala Lumpur October 27, 2012. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad