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Matt Jones

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (37) / 4/19/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 170

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Matt Jones turns his attention toward a comfortable trio of courses as he readies for this week's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Playing without a TOUR card this season, the Aussie would love to rip off a big finish in one of the rare starts he earns this year. So far, he is just 2-for-4, but a T15 at the Shriners was certainly notable. This week poses a good chance to pick up some much-needed FedExCup Points, since Jones is 8-for-9 at this event with four top 15s. That includes a T7 and T11 in each of his last two visits. Jones is a very lively sleeper this week, particularly in DFS where you don't need to commit long-term. Feb 8 - 1:10 PM

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Matt Jones maintained a spot inside the top 10 after a 3-under-par 35-33=68 during round two of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, entering the weekend on 9-under 133.

The Aussie lost 0.552 strokes off-the-tee and 0.563 strokes approaching-the-green but salvaged his round with steady putting. On the day he splashed home six putts from outside six feet, including a trio from 12-to-17 feet. The Arizona State product will enter the weekend ranked ninth in strokes gained putting (+3.462). After narrowly missing out on the Top 125 in FedExCup points as well as the money list last season, Jones must make the most of any starts he can manage this year. So far, so good, in Las Vegas as he sits in T8 on the live leaderboard.
Fri, Nov 4, 2016 09:17:00 PM

Matt Jones bombarded TPC Summerlin with a 6-under-par 33-32=65 during round one of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

The Aussie missed a 4'9" par-saving attempt at the par-4 third hole to swallow a bogey early, but he didn't let that derail his round. He rebounded with back-to-back birdies over the next two holes to get back into red numbers. It was a balanced attack for Jones today as he gained at least one stroke over the field in all four sub-categories of strokes gained (off-the-tee, approach-the-green, around-the-green, and putting). Starts will be tough to come by this season for the 36-year-old as he's playing out of the 125-to-150 FedExCup category, but that could all change be week's end if he can maintains this stellar pace.
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 04:26:00 PM

Matt Jones was the last man out at 126th in the FedExCup standings but is set to give it a go this week at the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco.

The Aussie sadly finished 126th in both the FedExCup race and money list, preventing him from retaining his PGA TOUR card by one spot, in both regards. He will have conditional status in the Beyond 125 category, but he'd like to improve that through the Tour Finals. His journey didn't start so well, as he withdrew from last week's DAP Championship after an opening 73. The 36-year-old is no stranger to the Tour as he'll be making his 99th career start on the circuit when he tees it up this week, boasting four runner-up finishes and a third-place finish on his resume.
Wed, Sep 14, 2016 03:57:00 PM

Matt Jones skipped the last two editions of the John Deere Classic but returns this week for his seventh appearance.

The 36-year-old didn't play the Deere the last two seasons because he didn't have to. He has to this year, entering the week at No. 126 in the FedExCup standings and only two events remaining until the start of the Playoffs. On last appearance in 2013, the Aussie posted T7 (66-65-68-68), and was also 5th in 2010 and T5 in 2009. That's three top 10s in six tries, but he's added missed cuts in 2012, 2011, and 2008. The ASU alum arrives off four straight cashes, six in his last seven, as he tries to retain full status, which runs out at the end of the season from his lone TOUR win at the 2014 Shell Houston Open. Overall, Jones is 14-for-25 with three top 25s, no top 10s. His season best is T11 at Pebble Beach 26 weeks ago.
Wed, Aug 10, 2016 08:56:00 PM

Matt Jones signed for a 4-under-par 36-32=68 after today's second round of the Memorial to reach the midpoint on 5-under 139, up 43 places to T15 with play still in progress.

The 36-year-old has missed 10 of 18 cuts so far this season, including four straight and six of his last seven. He was struggling to make another after opening his seventh appearance in 1-under 71 and after a first-nine even-par 36 (two birdies, two bogeys). The Aussie birdied Nos. 12 and 14 and holed-out for eagle-2 at the 18th from 186 yards out for the walk-off and an inward bogey-free 32.
Fri, Jun 3, 2016 12:34:00 PM

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.
Thu, Apr 21, 2016 06:32:00 PM

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.
Wed, Mar 30, 2016 05:59:00 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.
Sat, Feb 13, 2016 09:22:00 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
Wed, Jan 27, 2016 02:42:00 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