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

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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. Aug 29 - 1:17 PM

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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.
Aug 7 - 7:29 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.
Jul 21 - 11:19 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.
Jun 23 - 10:50 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.
Jun 11 - 10:17 AM

Matt Jones is currently stranded on the 16th hole at TPC Sawgrass as a looming thunderstorm has suspended play at THE PLAYERS at 5:39 p.m ET.

For the better part of the last hour, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida has dodged thunderstorms to the west, but the thunder was growing louder and the threat became too real. Jones is 3-over for his round and has dropped to 5-under for the tournament at the time the horn sounded. We will provide updates as they are available in regards to resumption of play. UPDATE: The final round is scheduled to resume at 7:10 p.m.
May 11 - 5:43 PM

Matt Jones spun a 3-under-par 34-35=69 in the third round of THE PLAYERS to take control of the clubhouse at 8-under 208.

While his round was far from perfect, as evident by his three bogeys, his six birdies more than made up for a few errors. The irons were dialed in, as five of his birdies were from inside 10 feet. The highlight was a 13'5" birdie at the par-4 seventh. Though he hit just 11 GIR, his accuracy off the tee resulted in 12 (of 14) fairways hit. A recent first-time winner in Houston, he will try and enter another stratosphere with a PLAYERS win on Sunday.
May 10 - 5:37 PM

Matt Jones reached the midpoint of THE PLAYERS in 5-under-par 70-69=139 and sits seven strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

This will be Jones' first payday in three starts since breaking through in Houston, and he's done so with gusto. Through 36 holes, the Aussie has exchanged eight birdies with three bogeys. He's hit 27 greens in regulation, which never hurts. Among his notable par breakers in today's round were a 31-yard hole-out from in front of the green at the par-4 14th and a conventional 25-footer at the par-4 sixth.
May 9 - 6:40 PM

Matt Jones has missed two of his three cuts at THE PLAYERS, but aims to even the score this week at TPC Sawgrass.

The good news for backers of the Aussie is that he balanced his missed cuts with a T19 in 2011. Considering he picked up his breakthrough win at the Shell Houston Open about a month ago, this could be a prime spot for him to jump back into contention. The hangover of that victory resulted in a missed cut in his first Masters and a subsequent missed cut at Quail Hollow last week. Invest with some caution.
May 7 - 8:26 AM

In his debut at the Masters, Matt Jones posted a 2-over-par 36-38=74, finishing six strokes off the clubhouse lead.

Given that he was the last man in the field playing Augusta National Golf Club for the first time, this is an acceptable performance. He hit only nine greens in regulation but picked off an eagle-3 at the 13th hole and a pair of birdies to help ease the sting of six bogeys. However, his ride after the turn was a bumpy one as he penciled in only two pars (4s at Nos. 11 and 18) while sandwiching the eagle and one birdie (at the par-3 16th) with five bogeys.
Apr 10 - 6:15 PM

Matt Jones rallied for a 6-under-par 33-33=66 in the final round of the Shell Houston Open and defeated Matt Kuchar on the first hole of a playoff to claim his first PGA TOUR victory.

The Aussie was on fire in the finale at Golf Club of Houston, circling eight birdies to just two bogeys on his afternoon. He got his first blemish out of the way at the first hole, then saved his second for the par-4 17th when his drive rolled through the fairway and into a hazard. He ended regulation with a 46'2" birdie at the difficult par-4 18th to post 15-under 273. Jones wasn't done yet, as he chipped in for birdie from 42 yards on the first hole of sudden death -- again at 18 -- to secure the win in his 156th PGA TOUR start. He was dominant across the board this week, ranking second in GIR, first in strokes gained-putting and first in putting average. With this win, he punches his first tickets for to the Masters and World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. He's also secured his third berth into the PGA Championship.
Apr 6 - 3:38 PM

Matt Jones battled for a 1-under-par 37-34=71 in the third round of the Shell Houston Open, inching up to 9-under 207 for the week.

The Aussie was off to a solid start with a birdie from 18 inches at the par-5 fourth hole, but badly stubbed his toe with a triple bogey at the par-4 sixth after a series of errors eventually led to a third shot into the water. He would spend the rest of his day fighting back, picking up birdies at the par-5 eight and par-5 13th to square his round, then getting back into the red to stay with a 15'9" birdie on the par-3 16th. Jones will try and score his first PGA TOUR victory in the final round, but trails Matt Kuchar by six strokes.
Apr 5 - 4:04 PM

Matt Jones has turned in a pair of 4-under-par 68s to open the Shell Houston Open to establish very early possession of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

Jones went out in the first threesome off the first tee today, so he will not sleep on the lead. He's buried five birdies and squared one bogey in each round thus far. Today's set of par breakers featured conversions from 13'3" and 37 feet at Nos. 10 and 12, respectively. Jones turned a career corner in advance of the 2013 season, so his 1-for-4 at the Golf Club of Houston with a T38 last year isn't alarming. He'll enter the weekend bidding to become the third consecutive first-time winner on the PGA TOUR.
Apr 4 - 1:29 PM

Matt Jones spun a 3-under-par 34-35=69 in the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational and is the first man in at 5-under 211.

The Aussie was bogey-free on his outward nine at Bay Hill, gathering a birdie from eight inches on the par-4 third and another from 10'5" on the par-5 fourth. He tacked on two more birdies at 10 and 11 before suffering his first blemish at the par-3 14th. He then traded a birdie at the easy par-5 16th with a bogey on the par-3 17th before saving par from a greenside bunker at 18. He only split half of his 14 fairways and landed a modest 12 GIR.
Mar 22 - 3:17 PM

Matt Jones posted a 4-under-par 34-33=67 in the opening round of the Northern Trust Open.

Jones has cashed in six consecutive starts, two of which resulting in top 15s, so he's extended his good play from last season into 2013-14. Today at Riviera, he landed 14 greens in regulation and offset a pair of bogey-5s with six birdies. The set of par breakers included conversions from 17'8", 22'9" and 12'6", respectively. He also drilled home a par save from 11'9" at 13. The Aussie signed his card sitting only one stroke off the clubhouse lead.
Feb 13 - 4:54 PM