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Matt Jones |

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

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Matt Jones arrived at the halfway point of the Shell Houston Open in even-par 72-72=144 and will miss the cut.
He's the third consecutive defending champ from Australia to miss the cut. John Senden (Valspar) and Steven Bowditch (Valero) succumbed to the same fate in recent weeks. Jones split 20 (of 28) fairways and hit 24 greens in regulation, but converted only six birdies. He wiped them away with six bogeys. At last check, he ranked 31st in the field of 144 in strokes gained: putting, but 126th in strokes gained: tee-to-green. Not only will he not have a chance to successfully defend now, but this also ends his consecutive cuts made streak at 10. Apr 3 - 3:14 PM

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Matt Jones collected his first piece of PGA TOUR hardware at last year's Shell Houston Open and returns this week for another look.

The Aussie was 1-for-4 at this venue before last year's breakthrough win. He arrives in top form, having collected top 30s in each of his past four starts. Any talk of post-victory slumps have been pushed aside. Winning the same tournament in back-to-back years is rarely accomplished on the PGA TOUR but it's not out of the question when you consider his current form entering this week.
Apr 1 - 4:01 PM

Matt Jones fired a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in the third round of the Valero Texas Open to make a big move up the leaderboard on a difficult day for scoring.

Jones enters the finale round at even-par 216. The Aussie has quietly caught fire, and has done so just before he defends his only PGA TOUR title at the Shell Houston Open. He began his third round at TPC San Antonio on the back nine, and opened with his first of five birdies on the par-4 10th. He dropped just one bogey on the afternoon.The highlight came at the par-5 18th, when he holed a birdie putt from 15'9".
Mar 28 - 4:42 PM

Matt Jones fired a 4-under-par 36-32=68 in the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational to finish in third place at 17-under 271.

Jones traded two birdies and two bogeys on the front nine at Bay Hill Club and Lodge, but caught fire on the back. He circled four birdies to go with five pars on the inward nine. Highlights included a chip-in birdie on the par-4 15th and a 25'11" birdie on the par-3 17th. This finish makes his especially tasty for gamers who are considering using him in numerous formats at the Shell Houston Open in two weeks. The Aussie will defend his only PGA TOUR win in that event.
Mar 22 - 5:55 PM

Matt Jones finished strong in his third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, signing for a 5-under-par 36-31=67 and improving to 13-under 203 with 18 holes to play.

He joins Jason Kokrak in the clubhouse lead. After two bogeys on the Aussie's first three holes at Bay Hill, he played his final 15 holes in flawless fashion. He circled seven birdies over that span, with five of those falling from outside of 10 feet. He ended his round with four consecutive birdies to emerge from out of nowhere. The highlights were a 33'3" effort on the par-5 fourth hole and a 75'4" bomb on the par-3 17th. Jones has one just once on the PGA TOUR, and that was in the 2014 Shell Houston Open. He is less than two weeks away from beginning his defense, and could do so fresh off a win in Orlando if he plays his cards right on Sunday.
Mar 21 - 5:14 PM

Matt Jones crafted a bogey-free, 7-under-par 33-32=65 in today's second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational to reach the midpoint in 8-under 136, five strokes off the 36-hole lead.

He striped 11 (of 14) fairways and went 6-for-6 in scrambling while converting seven birdies for a thoroughly productive day. Four of Jones' par breakers disappeared from outside 10 feet. His longest measured 52'8" at the par-3 14th hole, but the Aussie also knocked one in from six yards away from a lie off the green at the par-4 10th where he began the day and set the tone. This is his first start on the Florida swing, but it's his ninth consecutive payday. He capped off the West Coast Swing with a T7 at Pebble Beach and a T14 at Riviera.
Mar 20 - 6:25 PM

Matt Jones rides a wave of good form into this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational.

After starting the season with months full of middling results, the Aussie has turned in back-to-back top 15s ahead of this week. If you glance at course history, then the top 15s keep coming, as that's where he finished last year at Bay Hill. Jones is not a top-tier selection this week, but DFS gamers could certainly do worse when filling out their rosters.
Mar 17 - 11:16 PM

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

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