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Matt Jones |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (34) / 4/19/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 170
College: Arizona State University

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Matt Jones back-pedaled to a 1-over-par 36-37=73 in his final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
The Aussie hit 12 greens in regulation and curled in two birdies, including a conversion from 13'9" at the par-4 16th hole, but he also absorbed three bogeys. He missed three tries inside eight feet. Jones posted 16-under 271 to finish with a three-way share of seventh place six strokes behind the winning aggregate. Up next on his schedule is this week's Northern Trust Open where he's 2-for-2 with no better than a T59 last year. Feb 15 - 7:34 PM

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Matt Jones toured Pebble Beach Golf Links in 5-under-par 35-32=67 in the third round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and trails Jim Furyk by one at 17-under 198.

Jones had it going on in the third round. He began his day on the 10th hole, and his birdie on the par-4 13th hole was the only thing interrupting eight pars. His back nine, the front, featured six birdies on his first seven holes. Three of those birdies fell from between 11 and 19 feet. The eight and ninth holes at Pebble Beach are consistently among the hardest, and he swallowed back-to-back bogeys to end his round. He hasn't recorded a top-10 finish on the PGA TOUR since his win at the 2014 Shell Houston Open, so it's safe to say that this is his first time back in the hunt in almost year.
Feb 14 - 6:05 PM

Matt Jones chased his opening 65 at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am with a 6-under-par 32-34=66 at Spyglass Hill Golf Club in the second round, reaching the halfway point in 12-under 131, good for outright possession of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

So much for the level of difficulty of the hardest track in play this week. Jones converted eight birdies to hide two bogeys today. He hit 12 greens in regulation, so the Aussie really squeezed out a low one when the odds would have suggested otherwise. At the time he signed his card, he ranked outside the top 50 in fairways hit and outside the top 70 in GIR, but T1 in birdies with 15. Up next in his rotation is the host course on Saturday.
Feb 13 - 4:45 PM

Matt Jones posted a 6-under-par 34-31=65 in his opening round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at Monterey Peninsula Country Club's Shore Course.

Jones has sputtered since breaking through in Houston last year, but he nonetheless arrived at the AT&T with six consecutive cuts made. Today's aggregate is also his lowest in a lid-lifter since he carded the same to open the last year's WM Phoenix Open just over 12 months ago. He sandwiched a lone bogey at the par-4 18th hole at MPCC today with seven birdies and signed his card sitting just two strokes in arrears of the clubhouse co-leaders. The Aussie will rotate over to Spyglass Hill for the second round on Friday.
Feb 12 - 6:11 PM

Matt Jones hasn't finished inside the top 10 since winning his first PGA TOUR title but will try again at this week's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

The Aussie is 6-for-7 at this event with two top 15s on his resume. His 2014-15 resume is deceptively good as he's benefited from three no-cut events. Jones currently ranks 118th in strokes gained:total and can be safely avoided until the form returns.
Feb 11 - 8:18 PM

Matt Jones submitted a 4-under-par 34-35=69 for his opening round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and sits three strokes off the clubhouse lead.

Jones has made little good news since breaking through outside Houston nine months ago, so we'll take what we can get right now, especially in his first look at Kapalua and as he grinds through a stomach illness. The Aussie circled three birdies against one bogey on both nines today. Three of his birdies stretched at least 12 feet, the longest disappearing from 23'8" at the par-4 17th hole. "The bummer is I haven't felt much like doing anything," said Jones, perhaps a bit ironically given today's success. He also fought the flu over the holidays.
Jan 9 - 7:44 PM

Matt Jones will make his Hyundai Tournament of Champions debut this week as he preps for The Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort.

Since moving to The Plantation Course, six of 16 champions have reigned from a South Pacific island, five of those champions being Australian. Jones has those geographical odds stacked in his favor, but figuring out this course on his maiden run will be no easy task. The Aussie won the 2014 Shell Houston Open to earn his seat this week, but he's gone cold ever since. Jones has gone seven straight events without a top 50, and that includes a missed cut at the Emirates Australian Open.
Jan 6 - 8:14 PM

Matt Jones rebounded from an opening 81 at the CIMB Classic to shoot 3-under-par 33-36=69 in the second round.

The Aussie squared five bogeys on Thursday, but it was the quintuple bogey-10 that he incurred at the fifth hole that left the greatest mark. With no cut this week, he was able to free-wheel it today and picked off six birdies to help offset three bogeys. At 6-over 150, he's 16 strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead, but at least he's no longer flirting with DFL.
Fri, Oct 31, 2014 01:20:00 AM

The opening round of the CIMB Classic was suspended at 1:16 p.m. local time (1:16 a.m. ET) due to the threat of inclement weather. UPDATE: Play is scheduled to resume at 3:30 p.m.

Lightning is encroaching on Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club as the atmosphere gets juicy with the afternoon heating. Dangerous conditions are in the forecast all week, so this is not unexpected. Fifty golfers were stranded, but all have completed at least 12 holes. Matt Jones has three to play. He turned in 3-over-par 39 and opened his inward side with four pars, but then penciled in a 10 at the par-5 fifth hole. At 8-over, he's currently 76th of the 77 still active.
Thu, Oct 30, 2014 01:23:00 AM

Matt Jones packed his bags and arrived at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club ranked 66th in the Official World Golf Ranking ahead of this week's CIMB Classic.

The Aussie in suffering through the curse of first time winners, finishing outside of the top 40 in 13 of his 15 events since his maiden win at the Shell Houston Open in April. To make matters more mediocre, he also finished T40 at last year's CIMB Classic. The talent and upside still remain with this 34-year old, but a wait-and-see approach is best for gamers looking to invest.
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 08:52:00 AM

Matt Jones earned a share of the very early clubhouse lead at the Deutsche Bank Championship with a 2-under-par 36-33=69 in his opening round.

At 54th in the FedExCup standings, Jones is all but safe to advance to the third leg, so he's in a position with everything to gain and lay the foundation for a run at East Lake. After opening with a birdie conversion from 11'11" at the par-4 10th hole, the Aussie then three-jacked the par-3 11th from 51 inches for double bogey. A bogey at the par-4 15th ensued, but he recovered and played his final 12 holes in bogey-free 4-under. The set of par breakers including an eight-yard hole-out for eagle at the drivable par-4 fourth and a conventional roll from 27'1" at the par-4 fifth.
Fri, Aug 29, 2014 01:17:00 PM

Matt Jones posed a 3-under-par 33-35=68 in his opening round of the PGA Championship and sits three strokes adrift of the clubhouse tri-leaders.

Jones has yielded very little since his breakthrough victory at the Shell Houston Open in early April. Since, he's 5-for-9 with one top 30. Today's effort suggests a reversal in form. He went 7-for-7 in scrambling and circled four birdies, including a 16-yard hole-out at the par-3 14th hole. However, the Aussie three-putted the par-3 eighth from just 13'11" for bogey. If you believe in karma, that probably made sense since he rolled in a par save from 12'9" at the par-4 17th earlier in the round.
Thu, Aug 7, 2014 07:29:00 PM

Matt Jones has been removed from the published field of this week's RBC Canadian Open.

This is probably nothing more than a schedule adjustment. He tied for 54th in his debut at The Open Championship and is scheduled to compete in his first WGC-Bridgestone Invitational next week. The PGA Championship is in two weeks.
Mon, Jul 21, 2014 11:19:00 AM

Matt Jones has been removed from the published field of this week's Quicken Loans National.

His T46 at the Travelers extended a drought without a top 40 to four starts. Since winning in Houston, Jones is just 3-for-7. He's already exempt into the final two majors as well as the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, so he may be adjusting his schedule with today's decision. The Aussie has never competed in The Open Championship or cracked the field at Firestone.
Mon, Jun 23, 2014 10:50:00 AM

Matt Jones will take on Pinehurst No. 2 in his second U.S. Open start later this week.

His first one was not a success, as he shot 78 then withdrew from the 2009 U.S. Open at a long and soggy Bethpage Black. That could pose a problem for the Aussie this week, as Pinehurst No. 2 is nothing if not long and a chance of thunderstorms throughout the week could make it play very similar to a Bethpage. His win earlier this season at the Shell Houston Open directly earned him a spot in the Masters and has now indirectly earned him a spot in the U.S. Open via his world ranking. He also tied for 17th at THE PLAYERS in his best result since the SHO win.
Wed, Jun 11, 2014 10:17:00 AM