Mattiace earns comeback win


Published: Monday, July 1, 2002 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, July 1, 2002 at 12:00 a.m.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Len Mattiace had played very well at the St. Jude Classic, yet he started the final round so far back he didn't bother checking a leaderboard Sunday.
That turned out to be a very wise decision.
Mattiace won for the second time this year as he rallied from a seven-stroke deficit by shooting a 7-under 64 to win the St. Jude Classic by a stroke. He pulled off the largest come-from-behind victory since Davis Love III rallied from seven down in 2001 to win at Pebble Beach.
"I didn't look at the leaderboard. I didn't feel like I needed to," Mattiace said.
"I knew I just needed to keep making birdies, so why look? I looked on the 18th green and saw I had a two-shot lead at that time and just tried to two-putt."
Mattiace had a mistake-free day in a round where Glen Hnatiuk, looking for his first victory, blew a four-stroke lead. Mattiace turned in a bogey-free seven-birdie round that included five on the back nine and three consecutive on Nos. 15-17 for an 18-under 266 total and the $684,000 winner's check.
With the victory, Mattiace, who won the Nissan Open in February, joined Tiger Woods (three) and Phil Mickelson (two) as the only multiple winners on tour this year.
"It's a great feeling to win for the second time this year and to win here at the FedEx. A lot of guys know this is a special tournament for a special charity, St. Jude Children's Hospital. So I'm just so happy with the way I played over the weekend," he said.
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