October 20 2013
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
LAS VEGAS -- Players expect to birdie the 540-yard, par-5 16th hole at TPC Summerlin. Making 4 there would've given Troy Matteson his eighth consecutive birdie. His 106-yard approach shot hit the flagstick, though, and nearly went in the water fronting the green.
"I thought I was going to get that eighth one," Matteson said. "All in all, it's a great end to my week." Matteson tied for fifth at at 16-under 268 (67-69-68-64). He had those seven consecutive birdies and 11 pars Sunday. It was his first top-10 on TOUR since a T-10 at the 2012 Wyndham Championship.
Matteson had to regain his TOUR card at the Web.com Tour Finals after having just two top-25s in 24 starts in 2013. He made three of four cuts in the Finals, highlighted by a T-6 at the Chiquita Classic, to regain his card.
Matteson, who missed the cut at last week's Frys.com Open, said he has been working with instructor Buck Mayers for approximately seven months.
"And I'm starting to put it together a little bit," the two-time TOUR winner said.