Oakley Athletes Take Three Wins At Three Different PGA Tours From Around The Globe
Oakley athletes took three wins at three different PGA tours from around the globe this past weekend. Oakley’s Troy Matteson got his second career victory at the Frys. com Open in Scotsdale, Arizona. Oakley’s Michael Jonzon won his first Euro PGA tour in 12 years in Castellon, Spain and Oakley’s Scottish-born Michael Sim took the championship at the Nationwide Tour in Charleston, South Carolina.
At the PGA Tour, the Frys.com Open, in Scottsdale, Arizona, Troy Matteson (wearing a Custom Half Jacket XLJ) won, but blew a chance to win the Frys.com Open in regulation by bogeying the 17th and 18th holes.
Playing the same holes in reverse order in a three-way playoff, Matteson recovered from his late collapse. He birdied the second extra hole to beat Jamie Lovemark and Rickie Fowler on Sunday at Grayhawk Golf Club for his second PGA TOUR 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.”
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 to win.
That capped an incredible three-day stretch for the 29-year-old Matteson. After shooting a 2-over 72 on Thursday, he thought he might be headed for the airport before the weekend.
But Matteson had back-to-back 61s on Friday and Saturday — a PGA TOUR record for lowest score in consecutive rounds — and he took a three-stroke lead into the final round.
“That’s as good as I can play,” Matteson said. “I really don’t have to worry about playing better than that, because that’s it.”
Matteson’s first victory came as a rookie in 2006, when he won the Frys.com Open in Las Vegas, now called the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
At the Euro PGA Tour in Castellon, Spain, Oakley’s Michael Jonzon (wearing a Plasma frame Radar w/G30 Range lenses) shot a 4-under 67 on Sunday to win the Castello Masters, allowing him to keep his European Tour card for another year.
The 37-year-old Jonzon finished at 20 under par at Club de Campo del Mediterraneo, one shot clear of German Martin Kaymer and fellow Swede Christian Nilsson.
Without a top-10 finish since last December, Jonzon needed to finish first or second to guarantee he’d be exempt in 2010. He also took home the $500,000 first prize, which is more than four times the biggest check in a 16-year career that includes eight trips to qualifying school.
“I’m on the moon,” said Jonzon, whose only previous win in 290 Tour starts was the 1997 Portuguese Open. “It’s been desperate for me and I am kind of speechless at the moment. It’s unbelievable.”
Jonzon led by one shot entering the final round and was in control most of the day. But a double bogey on the 15th, followed by a bogey at No. 17, allowed Kaymer and Nilsson to draw even.
Jonzon made a birdie on the final hole, and his two pursuers could only manage par. “It’s going to take time to let this sink in, I guess,” Jonzon said. “I’m just so thrilled to have a playing status for next year and I’m so proud of myself, the way I handled these days.”
At the Nationwide Tour in Charleston, South Carolina, Oakley’s Michael Sim took the championship.
Former University of Florida All-American Matt Every posted a 5-under 67 Sunday to outlast the Nationwide Tour’s most dominating player of 2009, Michael Sim and win the season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship at the Daniel Island.
Sim (wearing a custom Black & White Flak Jacket XLJ w/G30 lenses) concluded the most dominating year in the 20-year history of the Nationwide Tour. In addition to three wins this year, today’s runner-up finish was his second of the season. He had eight top-5 finishes in 2009. His Tour earnings of $644,142 smashed the previous single-season best of $495,009 set by Troy Matteson in 2005.
The Scottish-born Sim, who has lived in Perth, Australia since age five, turned 25 on Friday. By topping this year’s money list, Sim earns an invitation in next May’s PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass.
“I played great today, Matt just played better,” Sim said after a 3-under 69. “He didn’t hit any loose shots out there to give me many opportunities.”
“I’m excited about my year out here,” Sim continued. “Having three wins and two second-place finishes says a lot about where my game is. I really feel like I am ready for the PGA TOUR and that I can compete at a high enough level to win out there. That’s my goal for next year and hopefully bring my World Golf Ranking high enough to get me into the Masters.”