EXEMPT STATUS: 2014 WEB.COM TOUR Exempt Player
FULL NAME: Leonard Earl Mattiace
BIRTHDATE: October 15, 1967
BIRTHPLACE: Mineola, NY
RESIDENCE: Jacksonville, FL
FAMILY: Wife, Kristen; Grace Lauren (7/4/97), Noelle Anna (12/1/00)
EDUCATION: Wake Forest University (1990, Sociology)
SPECIAL INTERESTS: All sports
TURNED PROFESSIONAL: 1990
JOINED TOUR: 1993
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2003: As defending champion at Nissan Open, earned his first top-10 of the season with a T8...Playing in his first Masters as a professional and first in 15 years (1988 as an amateur), fired the best round of the tournament, a 7-under 65, in the final round to tie Mike Weir and force the first Masters playoff since 1990. Mattiace began the day five strokes back of the third-round leader Jeff Maggert. Held a two-stroke lead over Weir during the back nine before he bogeyed the 18th hole and Weir birdied No. 15 and made a 6-footer for par on the 18th to force the playoff. Weir won the playoff with bogey on the first extra hole. Had never finished in the top-20 in his 10 previous majors...Underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in mid-December in Vail, CO, after being injured while skiing. Re-evaluation was scheduled for late January to determine return date.
2002: Finished in the top 30 on the TOUR money list for the first time on the strength of two victories. Made 25 cuts in 28 starts and collected over $2 million in a single season for the first time. Was one of 18 first-time winners and eight multiple winners during the season...Captured first career PGA TOUR victory at the Nissan Open in 220th start. Tied for the lead on the tournament's 72nd hole, he two-putted from 30 feet while co-leader Scott McCarron was unable to get up-and-down for par. Rounds of 69-65-67-68--269 was one better than McCarron, Brad Faxon and Rory Sabbatini...Won the Fed Ex St. Jude Classic by one stroke over Tim Petrovic. Was seven strokes off the pace after 54 holes and closed with a 64. Paycheck of $684,000 was largest of career...T3 at Bay Hill Invitational, five strokes off the pace set by champion Tiger Woods...Passed the $1-million mark in earnings for the first time in his career with the $11,940 he earned at THE PLAYERS Championship...Added a third top-10 with a T10 at the WORLDCOM CLASSIC-The Heritage of Golf...Made his first appearance in the TOUR Championship. Was one back of the lead through 36 holes and closed 74-70 to T18.
2001: Finished in the top 100 for the sixth consecutive year by earning $592,781 to place 84th on money list...Tallied two top-10s...Finished T6 in the Shell Houston Open, his best finish since T3 at 2000 Tampa Bay Classic...Shared second-round lead at Michelob Championship and closed with 74-67 for a solo fifth...Fired a 65 to share first round lead in the National Car Rental Golf Classic at Walt Disney World Resort. Closed with three rounds in the 70s to finish T36...Had four other top-25s in the WORLDCOM CLASSIC (T12), Verizon Byron Nelson Classic (T25), Memorial Tournament (T24) and the FedEx St. Jude Classic (T12).
2000: Enjoyed best season on PGA TOUR thanks to career-high five top-10s, including a T3 at the Tampa Bay Classic...Steady play at The PLAYERS Championship earned him his second top-10 at that event. Was one stroke back of Hal Sutton after posting a 2-under-par 70 in the first round. Closing 72-73-71 resulted in T9 worth $156,000, matching his largest career payday...Second top-10 came at MasterCard Colonial, a T8...After opening 70-68, closed 65-68 for T10 at John Deere Classic...In contention after 18 and 36 holes at the Westin Texas Open. His 73-66 on the weekend produced T6 in San Antonio...Best effort of the season came at Tampa Bay Classic, a T3. Stood two strokes back of the lead after 36 and 54 holes...At the Honda Classic, he clearly mastered the bunkers of the TPC at Heron Bay, getting up and down from the bunker 13 times in 13 tries. He ended his string of successful sand saves at 17 at the Bay Hill Invitational.
1999: Best finish of season came in his first start when he finished T2 at the Sony Open in Hawaii...Rest of the year was a struggle with only two more top-25 finishes until final event...In last start of the year, finished T9 at Southern Farm Bureau Classic.
1998: Finished T5 at THE PLAYERS Championship.
1997: Best finish came in second-to-last start of year at Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic. Shot 67-66 and trailed Payne Stewart by one stroke through 36 holes. Third-round 65 produced two-stroke lead over David Duval. Posted final-round 74, falling two strokes shy of Duval-Dan Forsman playoff.
1996: A second at Buick Challenge, along with T4 at LaCantera Texas Open, helped him retain playing privileges for 1997...Shot 68-68 at Callaway Gardens to share 36-hole lead. After final two rounds were canceled due to weather, parred first extra hole of five-man playoff, losing to Michael Bradley's birdie...Two weeks later, shot season-best 65 on Saturday and 69 Sunday to finish three strokes behind David Ogrin at LaCantera Texas Open...Won first Compaq World Putting Championship.
1995: Was 27th at Qualifying School, earning membership in 1996...Finished 69th on BUY.COM TOUR money list with $27,430, driven by T5s at Cleveland Open and Buffalo Open.
1992: First qualified for TOUR at Qualifying Tournament.
Amateur: Captured 1984 Florida High School Championship...Member of Wake Forest's 1986 NCAA Championship team, along with current PGA TOUR player Billy Andrade.
Was first encouraged to play golf by his father Louis at age 6...Is left-handed but plays golf right-handed...Won state-of-the-art Canon camera and $25,000 for his ace during 1998 Canon Greater Hartford Open...Has his own charitable organization, "Len's Friends" foundation that aids Jacksonville, FL charities with a series of golf events, www.lensfriends.org.
PGA TOUR Playoff Record
Walker Cup, 1987