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Matt Jones

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (38) / 4/19/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 170

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Matt Jones returns to TPC San Antonio this week for his ninth appearance at the Valero Texas Open.
The Aussie is 5-for-6 at this week's course, with four top 35s on his resume. That includes a T13 from last year. He also led after R1 of the 2010 and co-led after R2 that year. More recently, he's picked up a T28 at the Corales and a T52 at the Houston Open. That came on the heels of three straight missed cuts, perhaps he's rounding into form. Given his steady track record at the AT&T Oaks Course, Jones does make for an appealing sleeper in deeper fantasy formats. Apr 18 - 6:15 PM

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World No. 264 Matt Jones had a good showing back home in the fall and will now turn his attention back to the United States as he plays the 2017-18 season out of the Tour graduate reshuffle category.

Last year the Aussie missed out on his TOUR card by the narrowest of margins. That forced him to play out of the conditional category for a season where preferred starts were tough to come by (12-for-20 to finish 152nd in the FedExCup race). After the season he took to the Tour Finals and rounded up a pair of top 20s to become a Web graduate for the second time in his career (2007). During the fall he picked up just 18 FedExCup Points but did manage a runner-up finish back home at the Australian Open. The 37-year-old has gone two full seasons without a top 10 but still sports a top-10 rate of 8.5 percent (21-for-245). Jones should have a few good seasons left in his tank, making him a good buy-low candidate for season-long gamers.
Mon, Dec 18, 2017 05:51:00 PM

World No. 250 Matt Jones labored to a 1-over-par 38-34-72 in the second round of the Barbasol Championship and at 1-under 69-72=141, missed the cut by one shot.

A total of 83 players (82 pros, one amateur) made the cut of 2-under 140 so a second cut of low 70 and ties will take place after 54 holes. Jones, a pre-tourney 40/1 outright, was highest up the bookmaker's food chain to MC. After an opening five-birdie three-bogey 69, he outpaced three circles with four squares in R2 on just five (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, posting a dismal 2.000 putts per GIR and -1.686 SG: Putting. The 37-year-old, playing this season on conditional status after finishing 126th in the FedExCup standings, was 138th in the standings entering this week. Other notable early exits include: 141- Brian Stuard; Ryan Brehm ... 144- Brian Campbell ... 145- Dominic Bozzelli; Dru Love ... 147- Ryo Ishikawa.
Fri, Jul 21, 2017 08:41:00 PM

Matt Jones makes his way back to TPC Deere Run for his eighth appearance at this week's John Deere Classic.

The Aussie is 4-for-7 at this event, including a trio of finishes inside the top 10. Only two of his 22 rounds played at TPC Deere Run have been over-par rounds. More recently, he arrives with an 11-for-15 record on the season, currently ranked 137th in the FedExCup race as he attempts to earn back his PGA TOUR card. The Aussie currently ranks 63rd in strokes gained total, it's just a matter of earning enough starts. Given has track record at TPC Deere Run, this week presents a good opportunity to pick up some much-needed FedExCup points.
Tue, Jul 11, 2017 09:59:00 AM

World No. 217 Matt Jones pieced together a 1-under-par 36-33=69 in the third round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic to reach 7-under 203, two back of 54-hole leaders Rafa Cabrera Bello, Stewart Cink and Ben Crane.

After kicking off in 65-69, the 37-year-old began T6 and that's where he ended. On eight (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, he outpaced bogeys at Nos. 5 and 17 with birdies at 12, 14 and 16, two from 24 inches or less and an 18-footer for birdie-2 at 14. The Arizona State alum posted 1.786 putts per GIR and -0.630 SG: Putting, missing two scoring chances from inside of nine feet and four from inside of 14 feet.
Sat, Jun 10, 2017 07:57:00 PM

Matt Jones slowed his pace but still managed a 1-under-par 34-35=69 during the second round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic, entering the weekend inside the top 10 on 6-under 134.

Jones found just five (of 14) fairways today, and that's not where you want to play from at TPC Southwind. Playing out of the thick stuff, the Aussie landed just nine greens, giving himself just three birdie looks from inside 25 feet. One of those was from 22'6", so the scoring chances were few and far between. One of his three birdies circled was of the bonus variety as he holed out from off the green (26'6") at the par-4 fifth hole. Given the way Jones struck the ball today, he has to be happy just to walk off the course at 1-under. Despite this mediocre second round, he is still inside the top 10 on the live leaderboard, in great position to make a weekend run.
Fri, Jun 9, 2017 02:42:00 PM

Matt Jones orchestrated a 5-under-par 32-33=65 during the opening round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic, finding himself right in the thick of things after 18 holes in Memphis.

The Aussie was throwing darts today as he striped 10 (of 14) fairways and pelted 16 greens in regulation. That strong approach play set up nine birdie looks from inside 17 feet, converting on five of those chances in addition to a 55'11" birdie bomb at the par-3 14th. This matches Jones' low round of the season (R1, Shriners) and also gives him eight sub-70 rounds over his last 11 rounds at TPC Southwind. Given the strong play here in Memphis, Jones is one to watch as the week progresses.
Thu, Jun 8, 2017 08:06:00 PM

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.
Wed, Feb 8, 2017 01:10:00 PM

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