Matthews first Korn Ferry win Tour in Colombia
Matthews made the rounds at 1 under par, as bogeys at no. 7 and 9 moistened his birdies with nos. 3, 5 and 6. The Temple University alum parred the first four holes of the back nine and squandered a birdie par -4 14 with a bogey at the par-3 15th. It looked like Matthews was headed for a second consecutive top five finish, but a win seemed out of reach.
Instead, the 27-year-old ignited and birdied the par-4 16 and 17 and hit a 9-iron from 5 feet and poured in his eagle putt on the 72nd hole.
“Hit a big drive on No. 16, set up a perfect little step in there that I honestly thought I did, which was great to get there, because I knew I was going to have to special to do something. thing on the stretch to either win or get a playoff,” Matthews said. “Hit a big drive on No. 17. Didn’t hit the best shooting ground. Left about 20 feet short. Such a good putt there. I did that dead spot, and that was so great for me, especially with some of the putts I hit in the middle of the round. To be able to get there and really make that putt was awesome.
“And going down the 18, I hit three perfect golf shots,” Matthews continued. “Hit a big disc on the trees. Hit a very nice little cut 9 iron in there about 5 feet behind her, and it was fun going into that putt realizing that this could be the one.”
The victory may have been the first Korn Ferry Career Tour victory for Matthews, but he has won three times on PGA Tour Latinoamérica (twice in 2020-21, once in 2017). This week’s victory also followed a near round at the Panama Championship last week, where Matthews finished T2 and a peek behind the champ.