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Matt Jones

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (36) / 4/19/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 170

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Matt Jones concocted a 3-under-par 34-35=69 during the opening round of the Valero Texas Open, currently three strokes adrift the clubhouse leader.
The Aussie arrived with a 5-for-6 record at the Valero, 3-for-4 since the course change in 2010. He backed up that strong resume today and did so without holing many long putts. Jones circled four birdies on the round and the first three totaled just 9'6" of putt length. He did stretch it out on his final birdie, rolling one in from 10'3" on the par-4 17th. Jones entered the week on the heels of five straight cuts missed in stroke-play events, but he looks poised to breakout of that slump. Apr 21 - 6:32 PM

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2014 Shell Houston Open champion Matt Jones returns this week for another chance to tackle the Golf Club of Houston’s Tournament Course.

The Aussie has missed the cut in four of his six appearances here, but a T38 and Win in 2013 and 2014, respectively, are also on his GC of Houston resume. He's yet to crack the top 10 this season, but a career top-10 rate of 21-for-205 suggests he may be due for another one soon. He enters the week on the heels of three consecutive missed cuts in stroke-play events. Gamers should be aware of his upside, but proceed with caution.
Mar 30 - 5:59 PM

Matt Jones enjoyed a bogey-free 4-under-par 33-34=67 in today's third round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am to post 10-under 205, up five spots on the leaderboard to T8.

After opening his ninth AT&T with 4-under 68 on Pebble Beach Golf Links and 2-under 70 on Spyglass Hill, Jones crafted a blemish-free four-birdie stroll at the par-71 Monterey Peninsula CC's Shore Course. On his round, he piped 10 (of 13) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation but goes away wanting after 1.846 putts per GIR. The 35-year-old sits six adrift of 54-hole leader Phil Mickelson and looks to improve on a personal-best T7 at Pebble Beach last year where he opened in equally impressive 65-66-67 to sit T2 after 54 holes, but closed in a disappointing 1-over 73. He's yet to record a top 25 this season on six previous starts.
Feb 13 - 9:22 PM

Following a one-year absence from the tournament, Matt Jones returns to Torrey Pines for his seventh playing of the Farmers Insurance Open.

The transplanted Scottsdale, Arizona resident is 5-for-6 at the Farmers with a couple of top 25s, one for a top 10 (2009). In his last four visits, he's cashed three times, but nothing better than T43 in his last appearance in 2014. At that playing, he was 7-under in his one round on Torrey Pines North and 7-over in his three laps of Torrey South. The 35-year-old enters the week off a season-best T34 at last week's CareerBuilder (70-67-67-71), his fourth overall start this season, but first in 2016. Jones is in his ninth year on TOUR and in the final year of full-exempt status from his lone title (198 career events) at the 2014 Shell Houston Open
Jan 27 - 2:42 PM

Despite one bogey, one double and one triple in his final round of the Emirates Australian Open, overnight leader Matt Jones escaped with a one-shot victory over Adam Scott and defending champion Jordan Spieth.

After sleeping on a three-stroke advantage, Jones' nerves nearly got the better of him, but the Aussie collected the hardware at The Australian Golf Club in Rosebery today. With the help of four birdies to help ease the sting of the dropped shots, he signed for a 1-over-par 39-34=73 to post 8-under 276 for his first title on the PGA Tour of Australasia. Scott closed with a seven-birdie 65 while Spieth erased four birdies with as many bogeys for 71. The world's top-ranked golfer set up a decent try at eagle at the par-5 18th, but it never threatened, rolling left of the target. In addition to the respect and praise in his homeland, Jones picked up exemptions into the 2016 Open Championship and World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. He'll be making his third appearance in the season's third major and second at Firestone.
Sun, Nov 29, 2015 12:56:00 AM

Matt Jones submitted a 5-under-par 33-34=67 for his opening round of the CIMB Classic.

Jones is in his third appearance at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club, but he opened his first two with rounds of 73 and 81, respectively, and never factored in either try. Today, he picked off three birdies on each nine to hide a bogey-5 at the seventh hole, the antepenultimate of his round. He hit just 12 greens in regulation. After opening the new season MC-DNP, the Aussie will be pleased to erase the goose eggs at the tournament's conclusion, but he's in early position to make noise. Jones sits five strokes off the clubhouse lead and shared seventh place at last check.
Thu, Oct 29, 2015 01:23:00 AM

Matt Jones is back at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club for a third straight appearance at the CIMB Classic.

The Aussie has course experience at this week's venue, but it's not very pleasant. He's signed for red numbers in five-of-eight rounds but hasn't avoided the bigger numbers, including a 9-over 81 to kick off last year's edition. After missing cuts in just five of his 30 starts last season, Jones is already 0-for-1 on the new season.
Tue, Oct 27, 2015 10:54:00 PM

Matt Jones stumbled to a 3-over-par 35-39=74 in the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship to post 8-under 276, good for a five-way tie for fourth and bumping him to 33rd in the FedExCup standings.

Playing in the penultimate pairing with Sean O'Hair, Jones began his final frame at 11-under (T3) and two off the pace. After opening in 67-67-68, the Aussie bogged down in the finale, squaring three bogeys and two doubles to overshadow four birdies. It included a disastrous stretch on Nos. 10-12 (after reaching the break at 1-under) of double bogey-6, bogey, and double bogey-6 to knock him out of the title chase. He simmered down enough to play his last six in 1-under, circling his last par breaker from 38'9" at the par-4 15th. The highlight of his round came at the par-4 sixth, where he holed his third for birdie from the green-side bunker. This was Jones' first top 10 in four visits to TPC Boston, easily surpassing a previous best of T33 in 2010, and his fourth top 10 of the season on 24 starts.
Mon, Sep 7, 2015 07:42:00 PM

Matt Jones stayed in contention with a 3-under-par 33-35=68 in today's third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship to reach the three-quarter mark at 11-under 202, two swings back of 54-hole leader Henrik Stenson.

Jones began the day in a three-way tie for third at 8-under and when the dust settled, he maintained joint third with one other player, Sean O'Hair, whom he'll be paired with in the penultimate grouping come championship Monday. The Aussie circled five birdies on 12 greens in regulation, three from inside six feet and a 43-footer at the par-3 eighth. His dropped shots came at Nos. 6 and 16 after missing the greens. Thru 54 holes, Jones ranks T43 in the field in GIR (35/54), but second in putts per GIR at 1.600 so he's capitalizing on his scoring chances. The 35-year-old entered the week 57th in the FedExCup standings and projects 23rd heading into the final round. Regardless, he'll advance to the BMW Championship (Sept. 17-20) for the third consecutive year.
Sun, Sep 6, 2015 07:48:00 PM

Matt Jones authored a 4-under-par 33-34=67 in the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship to post 8-under 134, four adrift of 36-hole clubhouse leader Charley Hoffman.

Prior to this week's DBC appearance, Jones had played his last seven rounds at par-71 TPC Boston in a cumulative 18-over, and hadn't completed 72 holes in his last two visits. So the Aussie's place well-up on the live leaderboard (currently T3) is somewhat surprising. Upon closer inspection however, Jones was the outright leader after 36 holes two starts ago at the PGA Championship, eventually finishing T21. Today, similar to yesterday, his ball-striking was off, finding eight (of 14) fairways and landing 12 greens in regulation. At last check, he's T84 and T49 in the field in those two stats, respectively. But, he's made the most of his chances, registering 1.609 putts per GIR thru 36 holes, currently fourth in the field in that category. The 35-year-old converted on five (of 12) scoring chances today, highlighted by four consecutive at Nos. 3-6, and included a chip-in birdie-2 at the third to begin his run.
Sat, Sep 5, 2015 03:30:00 PM

Matt Jones twirled a 4-under-par 34-33=67 in today's opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Jones descended on TPC Boston slotted 57th in the FedExCup standings, so he knows that merely making the cut should be enough to advance to the third leg in two weeks. At just two strokes back of the clubhouse lead, he's halfway to attaining the short-term objective. Jones went 6-for-7 in scrambling with a bogey and countered with five birdies. The highlight dropped in from a lie in the rough eight yards away at the par-4 17th hole, but he also connected conventionally from 21'7" at the par-5 second and from 11'2" at the par-5 seventh.
Fri, Sep 4, 2015 06:08:00 PM

Matt Jones polished off his opening round of The Barclays birdie-birdie-par-birdie to post 3-under-par 34-33=67.

The Aussie bounced back twice from bogeys with birdies on his outward nine, but didn't dip into red numbers until rolling in a round-long conversion from 19'3" at the par-4 15th hole. He also poured in a par save from 15 feet at the par-4 13th. Jones is in the books two swings back of the foursome atop the leaderboard. He's 55th in the FedExCup standings and poised to go at least three legs deep into the Playoffs.
Thu, Aug 27, 2015 07:36:00 PM

Overnight leader Matt Jones stumbled to a 1-over-par 35-38=73 in today's third round of the 97th PGA Championship to reach the three-quarter mark at 10-under 206, five shots back of 54-hole leader Jason Day.

Jones began the day with a two-shot advantage over playing partner Day. On his round, he found just half of the 14 fairways and 11 greens in regulation, overshadowing four birdies with three bogeys and a double. After posting positive numbers in both strokes-gained categories over his first two rounds, Jones registered negative numbers in both on Saturday, including a -2.024 mark in strokes gained: putting. The Aussie was in control for the majority of his round, sitting 3-under on the day thru 14 holes carding four birdies at Nos. 1, 6, 11 and 14 against a lone bogey at the par-4 ninth. However, he played his last four holes in 4-over, finishing bogey-bogey-double bogey-par. The 35-year-old has a pair of T3s on his season of 21 starts good for 59th in the FedExCup standings. His best finish in a major (eight prior starts) is T30 at this year's Open Championship.
Sat, Aug 15, 2015 09:27:00 PM

Matt Jones crafted a bogey-free, 7-under-par 32-33=65 in his second round of the 97th PGA Championship to post 11-under 133 at the midpoint, good for a two-stroke lead entering the third round.

Given the historical significance of the tournament, this may have been the best round of his career. He went 6-for-6 in scrambling with par saves from 12'5" and 11'10" at the 15th and fifth holes, respectively, while gathering seven birdies at Whistling Straits in his two-day second round, and this despite finding only five (of 14) fairways. Jones connected three times conventionally for birdie from outside 10 feet, including an absolute gem from 56'3" at the par-4 eighth, but he also recorded a zero-putt five-yarder from the fringe at the par-4 sixth. This is his ninth career start in a major in which his best effort was but a T30 at St. Andrews a month ago. Needless to say, the 35-year-old has entered uncharteed territory on the big stage.
Sat, Aug 15, 2015 10:07:00 AM

Matt Jones enjoyed a 4-under-par 33-35=68 for his opening round of the PGA Championship.

If you missed only one of the 14 fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation in a major, you'd be happy, too. The Aussie covered a lone bogey at the par-4 ninth hole with five birdies, three of which from outside 12 feet. His highlight occurred at the par-3 third where he connected from 26'5". Jones signed his card positioned just two strokes off the clubhouse lead. Incidentally, his older brother, Brett, was on the 20 club professionals to qualify. Interestingly, Brett is playing under the American flag this week.
Thu, Aug 13, 2015 03:24:00 PM