Matteson holds off rookies

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 in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Matteson, who set a PGA Tour record by shooting consecutive 61s on Friday and Saturday, bogeyed the final two holes of regulation to fall into a tie with Lovemark and Fowler, who were both amateurs a few weeks ago.

After all three parred the first playoff hole, Matteson hit his approach to 3 feet on the 464-yard, par-4 17th hole. With shadows stretching across the green, he rolled in the putt for his second PGA Tour win.

Matteson earned $900,000, while Lovemark and Fowler earned $440,000 each after shooing final-round 64s.

With about $553,000 in earnings this year, Fowler has earned temporary PGA Tour membership that allows him to play in the Viking Classic this week. If he doesn’t win, Fowler will have to go to the final stage of Q-school.

Lovemark said he’s headed to the first stage of Q-school next week at Pinehurst.

Fowler led briefly midway through the round, but his bogey on 18 cost him a chance to win in regulation.

Lovemark played his way into contention with seven birdies, five on the back nine.

Blackmar breaks through

Phil Blackmar birdied 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 in San Antonio. It was Blackmar’s first title on the Champions Tour for golfers 50 and older.

Blackmar had a total of 203, 10-under par, for three rounds on the Oak Hills course.

Graduation day

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

Every, who had a 21-under 267 total, earned $180,000 for his first tour win to jump from 49th to 10th on the money list with $300,936. The top 25, including former University of Washington player Alex Prugh, earned PGA Tour cards.


Sweden’s Michael Jonzon won the Castello Masters Costa Azahar in Castellon, Spain, to keep his European tour card next season, shooting a 4-under 67. … South Korea’s K.J. Choi won the Asian Tour’s rain-shortened Iskandar Johor Open, closing with an 8-under 64 for a four-stroke win over Thailand’s Chapchai Nirat.