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Matt Bettencourt

United StatesUnited States

Start Position
29
Current Position
To Par: +2
Total Strokes: 72 - 74 : 146
T44   T73
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Updated: Thursday, 12 Aug 2010 06:58 PM
  • Birthplace: Alameda, CA
  • Residence: Duncan, SC
  • Age: 35
  • Turned Pro: 2002

Nationwide Tour Victories

(2) 2008,Oregon Classic Pres'd by Kendall Automotive Group, Nationwide Tour Championship at TPC Craig Ranch.

2010 PGA TOUR Money and Position

$81,239 (176)

PGA TOUR Best Round

66 at Round 2, Bob Hope Classic. 66 at Round 4, Bob Hope Classic.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

T5-- the Memorial Tournament.

2009 Season Highlights

Made 17 cuts in 31 starts and had two top-10 finishes...Finished T5 at the Memorial Tournament on the strength of second- and third-round 68s. Held the first 54-hole lead of his TOUR career (shared with Mark Wilson) before recording a final-round 75... Making his first major championship appearance, finished T10 at the U.S. Open. Shot a first-round, 5-over 75, but closed with rounds of 67-71-69. Finish pushed him inside the top 100 in the FedExCup standings.

Career Highlights

Member of the Nationwide Tour from 2004-05 and 2008. Had never played in a PGA TOUR event prior to his rookie season in 2009. 2009: Made 17 cuts in 31 starts and had two top-10 finishes...Finished T5 at the Memorial Tournament on the strength of second- and third-round 68s. Held the first 54-hole lead of his TOUR career (shared with Mark Wilson) before recording a final-round 75... Making his first major championship appearance, finished T10 at the U.S. Open. Shot a first-round, 5-over 75, but closed with rounds of 67-71-69. Finish pushed him inside the top 100 in the FedExCup standings. 2008: Made a meteoric rise on the money list in the final weeks of the Nationwide Tour season, with four top-five finishes in his final six starts. Victories at the Oregon Classic and the Nationwide Tour Championship at TPC Craig Ranch propelled him over a six-tournament stretch from No. 77 on the money list into the top spot, earning full status on the PGA TOUR in 2009...Just two top-10 finishes in first 23 starts of the season, including T10 at the Nationwide Tour Players Cup and T8 the following week at the Price Cutter Charity Championship...A solo-fifth-place finish at the Albertsons Boise Open began a furious six-event finish to the season. Followed that a week later at the Oregon Classic with his first career title. Shared the first-round lead and then held a three-stroke edge after 54 holes. A back-and-forth battle with runner-up Bubba Dickerson saw the lead increase to five on the back nine before a three-shot swing at the par-5 15th cut the margin to one. Three solid pars down the stretch resulted in a two-shot win. First-place check vaulted him from No. 53 to No. 19 on the money list. Had made the cut in just 32 of 72 Nationwide Tour starts prior to the win...Shared the lead with D.A. Points into the final round of the Miccosukee Championship. Watched Points hole out for eagle from the fairway on the 72nd hole, but then holed his 12-foot birdie putt to force the playoff, which Points won with a birdie on the first extra hole. Runner-up finish was good for a 10-spot jump to No. 12 on the money list...Capped the season with his second win at the Nationwide Tour Championship, making birdie on the final hole to finish 17-under and one stroke ahead of Jeff Klauk. Career-best $180,000 propelled him into the top spot on the money list, earning an invitation into the 2009 PLAYERS Championship and the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. His $447,863 for the season bettered only by Troy Matterson ($495,009 in 2005) and Zach Johnson ($494,882 in 2003) in Tour history. Even starting in the tournament was not guaranteed mid-week, as a kidney stone forced a hospital visit just before midnight on Wednesday. Was hooked up to an IV and passed the stone four hours later. 2007: Finished No. 15 and No. 37 on the Canadian Tour and Tarheel Tour money lists, respectively. Best finish on the Tarheel Tour was a runner-up effort at the Walnut Creek Classic. Made the cut in all 11 Canadian Tour appearances. 2006: Two made cuts in three appearances on the Nationwide Tour, finishing T20 at the Livermore Valley Wine Country Championship and T30 at the Price Cutter Charity Championship. Made six starts on the Canadian Tour, finishing No. 43 on that Tour's Order of Merit. Had eight starts on the Tarheel Tour, finishing T71 on the money list. 2005: Made the cut in seven of 16 starts on the Nationwide Tour, with two top-25 finishes and a then-career-best T3 at the Scholarship America Showdown, which at the time he called his biggest thrill in golf. 2004: Made the cut in seven of 26 appearances during his rookie season on the Nationwide Tour. Opened the season with T12 at the inaugural BellSouth Panama Championship, one of four top-25 finishes. Had a T6 at the Permian Basin Charity Golf Classic for his only top-10 showing. Finished the season ranked No. 95 in earnings. 2003: Managed two top-25 finishes in three starts on the Nationwide Tour, including T16 at the Alberta Calgary Classic and a T24 the following week at the Envirocare Utah Classic. Made the cut in seven of nine events on the Canadian Tour, with two top-10 performances. A season-best T9 at the Bay Mills Open Players Championship helped him jump into the 25th spot on the final money list. Amateur: Named the Northern California Golf Association Player of the Year in 2001 and 2002. Won the NCGA Amateur Championship in 2000. Advanced to the round of 32 at the 2001 and 2002 U.S. Amateur. Never played golf collegiately.

Personal

Biggest thrill in golf was winning the 2008 Nationwide Tour Championship...Lists Michael Jordan, Payne Stewart and his dad as his heroes. Got his start in golf from his father. Has a twin sister, Michelle.

Nationwide Tour Playoff Record

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