Recovering from a late collapse, Troy Matteson birdied the second playoff hole to beat Jamie Lovemark and Rickie Fowler in the Frys.com Open on Sunday at Grayhawk Golf Club.
Matteson bogeyed the final two holes of regulation to fall into the playoff with Lovemark and Fowler, who are both seeking PGA Tour cards.
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 for his second PGA Tour win.
On the first playoff hole _ the 515-yard, par-4 18th _ Matteson and Fowler each reached the green in two and made easy par putts.
Lovemark got a gift when his approach splashed into a man-made lagoon, then bounced onto the slope of the green. Lovemark chipped to 3 feet and made the putt to stay alive.
The 29-year-old Matteson's first tour 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.
Matteson won $900,000, while Lovemark and Fowler each earned $440,000.
Fowler now has $553,700, which gives him special temporary membership because the amount exceeds the 150th spot on the money list last year. That allows him to skip the first stage of Q-school next week and most likely makes him exempt into the final stage. He is the equivalent of 136th on this year's money list, and still has time to reach the top 125 and earn his card without Q-school.
Lovemark now has $453,872 and said he would go to Q-school next week in North Carolina. He needed to finish second alone to earn enough to be a temporary member. If he were to skip the first stage and take his chances at the Viking Classic next week, he would not be eligible for Q-school the rest of the way.
Fowler and Lovemark had finished their rounds when Matteson faltered on a sun-splashed afternoon in the desert.
After bogeying the 17th, Matteson (68) knocked his approach shot into a bunker on the 18th. He chipped to about 10 feet, then missed the putt to force a playoff with Fowler and Lovemark.
Fowler and Lovemark watched the drama unfold from a practice green across the lagoon from the 18th green.
Fowler (64) 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 a 64. He had seven birdies in regulation, five on the back nine.
Bill Lunde (66) and Tim Clark (67) tied for fourth at 16 under, and 2007 winner Mike Weir (61) and Bryce Molder (63) followed at 15 under. Weir had a chance for the fourth 59 in PGA Tour history, but parred the final three holes.
Matteson rolled into Sunday with a three-stroke lead, thanks to back-to-back 61s on Friday and Saturday _ a PGA Tour record for lowest score in consecutive rounds.
For most of the day, the tourney was a duel between Fowler and Matteson, who traded salvos on Grayhawk's Raptor Course.
Fowler entered in a five-way tie at 12 under, four strokes back of Matteson. But the 20-year-old Fowler, who turned pro after the Walker Cup last month, quickly charged into the lead.
Fowler aced the par-3, 203-yard fifth hole to go to 17 under and leapfrog Matteson. It was the fourth hole-in-one in two days.
Matteson, playing two groups behind Fowler, responded with an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole to jump back in front.
Matteson's edge grew to two strokes with a birdie on the par-4 No. 6, and he led by two at the turn. But Fowler birdied the 10th, 11th and 12th to reclaim the lead.
Matteson tied it with a birdie on the par-5 11th.
Fowler dropped a stroke with a bogey on the par-3 13th. But he regained his composure and pulled back into a tie with a 30-foot birdie putt on the 14th.
Moments later, a roar went up behind Fowler: Matteson had answered with his own birdie on the 12th and led again.
Matteson clung to the lead as the duel moved to the final holes. With a chance to tie on 16, Fowler missed a 45-foot birdie putt by inches.
Fowler was still in the hunt until the par-4 18th, when his tee shot landed on the side of a fairway bunker. Fowler put his next shot into a bunker to the left of the green, then chipped to the fringe and narrowly missed a par-saving putt.
The victory capped a strong final two months for Matteson, who played inconsistently for much of the year.
Matteson missed the cut in 11 of his first 22 starts this season. But he found his form as the year wound down, making the cut in his final eight events and finishing in the top 20 three times.