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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 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

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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.
Source: PGATOUR.com
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.
Source: TheOpen.com
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

Matt Jones hopes the fourth time is the charm at this week's FedEx St. Jude Classic.

The Aussie arrives with no course history worth writing home about. He is 0-for-3 at TPC Southwind, and five of his six rounds have been signed at 2-over or worse. His current form is just slightly better, collecting three straight paychecks ahead of this week. Jones currently ranks 60th in the FedExCup standings but is unlikely to collect a large chunk of FEC points in Memphis.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jun 9 - 11:31 PM

Matt Jones opened the Wells Fargo Championship with a 3-under-par 37-32=69 to establish early possession of the clubhouse lead.

The Aussie went out in the fifth threesome off the 10th tee at Quail Hollow today, but he was the first to come to rest in the 60s. He went 5-for-6 in scrambling with a bogey and added a three-jack bogey from just outside 20 feet at the par-3 13th hole, but Jones connected for five birdies, including a conversion from 20'4" at the par-4 third. This is his first red number since a third-round 68 at the Valero Texas Open on the last day of March.
May 14 - 12:34 PM

Matt Jones took down Victor Dubuisson 2-up in the second round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship.

The Frenchman played better today, but he never led in his match with the Aussie. They were all square through 16 before Jones closed birdie-birdie. Overall, Jones scored 3-under-par with four birdies. Dubuisson holed three birdies but lost two holes with bogeys. At 0-2, the 2014 runner-up is mathematically eliminated, but will play Dustin Johnson on Friday. Jones (1-1) has a scheduled match with Charl Schwartzel.
Apr 30 - 6:08 PM

Matt Jones makes his first World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship start this week at TPC Harding Park and will face Dustin Johnson, Victor Dubuisson and Charl Schwartzel in Group 8.

Jones has played in two prior WGC events finishing T31 at WGC-Bridgestone in 2014 and T53 at the HSBC Champions in November. The Aussie's best finish on the PGA TOUR this season was third at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and missed the cut in his last start at the Shell Houston Open, where he was defending. Jones' win at the 2014 SHO is his only TOUR title in 181 career events played.
Apr 28 - 9:39 AM

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

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.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Apr 1 - 4:01 PM