Matteson takes lead at Funai Classic

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Troy Matteson has turned his rookie season into a rousing success. He did it in four weeks, too.

Matteson birdied the last two holes Saturday, finished with a 7-under 65 and had a one-shot lead at 19-under 197 after the third round of the Funai Classic at Disney in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Joe Durant (64) was second at 18 under, one stroke ahead of first- and second-round leader Justin Rose (72). Twenty others -- including Davis Love III, Mark Calcavecchia and Mike Weir -- were within six shots of the leader.

Matteson, meanwhile, is starting to get accustomed to being on the leaderboard. He tied for eighth four weeks ago at the Southern Farm Bureau Classic, then had a sixth-place finish the following week in Greensboro. The two-week spree moved him from 172nd on the money list to 143rd -- in position to retain his full-time tour card.

It got even better last week in Las Vegas, where Matteson won the Open for his first PGA Tour title. The victory vaulted him to 71st on the money list.

AT&T Championship

Fred Funk shot a 4-under 67 to maintain a one-stroke lead in the AT&T Championship, his third event on the Champions Tour.

The 50-year-old Funk, a seven-time winner on the PGA Tour, had a 10-under 132 total on the Oak Hills course in San Antonio. Raymond Floyd (66) was a stroke back, and defending champion Jay Haas (64) was two shots behind along with Keith Fergus (67) and Scott Simpson (68).

Haas is tied with Loren Roberts for the tour lead with four wins.

Honda LPGA Thailand

Nicole Castrale remained in position to win her first LPGA Tour title, shooting a 4-under 68 in hot conditions to take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the Honda LPGA Thailand.

The 27-year-old American birdied the first four holes on the Amata Spring course.

Castrale, the former Southern Cal star in her first full season on the tour, had an 11-under 133 total. South Korea's Hee-Won Han (68) was 9 under, while Christina Kim (66) was 8 under.

-- From staff reports

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