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Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (35) / 4/19/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 170
College: Arizona State University

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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. Oct 29 - 1:23 AM

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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.
Oct 27 - 10:54 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.
Sep 7 - 7:42 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.
Sep 6 - 7:48 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.
Sep 5 - 3:30 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.
Sep 4 - 6:08 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.
Aug 27 - 7:36 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.
Aug 15 - 9:27 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.
Aug 15 - 10:07 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.
Aug 13 - 3:24 PM

Matt Jones will not tee it up at this week's Quicken Loans National.

Jones missed the cut at Glen Abbey by three strokes for just his fifth MC in 21 starts this season. He's 55th in the FedExCup standings and will not qualify for next week's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. Unless he opts for a tuneup at the Barracuda Championship, we won't see him again until the PGA Championship in two weeks.
Jul 27 - 11:53 AM

Matt Jones enjoyed a 4-under-par 35-33=68 for his opening round of The Open Championship, finishing two strokes back of the clubhouse lead.

The Aussie hit 16 greens in regulation and covered a lone bogey at the par-4 seventh hole with five birdies, including a walk-off 3 at No. 18. He's the only competitor to find all 16 fairways thus far, too. Jones has a pair of third-place finishes on the PGA TOUR this season and sits 55th in the FedExCup standings. It's a bit of a relief as he all but disappeared after his breakthrough win in Houston in early April of 2014. This is his second Open appearance (T54, 2014).
Jul 16 - 7:57 AM

Matt Jones turns his attention to The Old Course at St. Andrews for this week's Open Championship.

The Aussie finished T54 in his Open debut last year. He arrives with just one top 25 in his last nine starts. Jones has some length off the tee, ranking 57th on TOUR, but just 92nd in scoring average. His career best at a major championship is a T40 at the PGA Championship, so gamers should look elsewhere when setting lineups this week.
Jul 15 - 9:11 AM

Matt Jones settled for a 2-under-par 34-34=68 to conclude his fourth visit to the FedEx St. Jude Classic at 8-under 272, good for a five-way tie for third and five shots back of the winner Fabian Gomez.

Jones began the day at 6-under (T5) and three shots off the pace. A bit of a surprise as he hadn't cashed a paycheck in three previous appearances at TPC Southwind and he wasn't in good, recent form to boot, last cracking the top 25 eight starts ago. That start came as a solo third at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, now matched for season-best in 18 events. Still, the Aussie may not take much consolation, as he clearly had his sights on his second PGA TOUR title, particularly after circling birdies on Nos. 8, 9, 11 and 13 to reach 9-under total. The par breakers on the last three all came from outside of 22 feet. The chase screeched to a halt however, missing a scoring chance at 14, bogeying the 15th, and failing to take advantage of the par-5 16th.
Jun 14 - 6:27 PM

Matt Jones spun a 2-under-par 34-34=68 in today's third round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic and posts 6-under 204, good for the 54-hole clubhouse lead.

Jones began the day at 4-under (T15) and five off the pace of the 36-hole lead. For his efforts, he found just six (of 14) fairways but peppered 14 greens in regulation. The 35-year-old overshadowed two bogeys with four birdies, circling par breakers on Nos. 1, 3, 11 and 16. His 16'3" conversion at the par-3 11th was his longest conversion on the day that also highlighted a 10'7" birdie roll at the opener. The Aussie signed his card at a cumulative 4.937 strokes gained: putting and 9.280 strokes gained: total, currently seventh for each respective stat in the tournament.
Jun 13 - 5:00 PM