November 12 2013
By Michael Curet, PGATOUR.COM contributor
Two-time PGA TOUR winner Len Mattiace shot 68 in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba Monday qualifier at Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Club in Cancun, Mexico.
The 46-year-old Jacksonville, Fla., native and Wake Forest product shared medalist honors with Tag Ridings and Jay McLuen.
Another TOUR veteran, Tim Petrovic, earned the other spot in the field with a 1-under 70.
Mattiace, who won twice on TOUR in 2002 (Nissan Open, St. Jude Classic), will be playing his first TOUR event since the True South Classic in 2012 when he tied for 31st.
In 2003, playing in his first Masters as a professional, Mattiace finished runner-up to Mike Weir. Later that year, Mattiace injured both knees in a skiing accident and required surgery.
Mattiace eventually lost his card and hasn’t been a full-time member since 2006.
His comeback continued and in 2013 he posted three top 10s on the Web.com Tour and earned a trip to The Finals.
The 39-year-old Ridings is a veteran of 103 cuts made on TOUR, including finishing third or better four times in his career. His closest shot at victory came in the 2004 Michelin Championship of Las Vegas, where he finished runner-up.
Ridings played full-time on the TOUR in 2013 and tied for ninth at the Greenbrier Classic. After the reshuffle, Ridings finished 29th in the Web.com Tour Championship in late September.
For 33-year-old Jay McLuen, his relentless pursuit of playing on the PGA TOUR received a huge shot in the arm by qualifying Monday.
In his only other TOUR event since turning pro in 2000, the Wisconsin native missed the cut in his only start of his career earlier this year at the Travelers Championship. He has six career starts on the Web.com Tour, has been a veteran of the mini-tours and has worked as a golf instructor in between.
Petrovic, another former TOUR member, won the Zurich Classic in 2005 and has 195 cuts made during hiis career. He nearly won a second time on TOUR but was beaten by Mattiace at the 2002 Nissan Open.
The 47-year-old finished in a tie for 17th in late September in his last outing at the Web.com Tour Championship at Dye’s Valley.