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Aussie Matt Jones wins the Honda Classic at PGA National in Florida.
Jones started the day with a 3 shot lead and walked off on Sunday with a 5 shot victory. Never once in his round did he ever lose the lead and was always in control of the tournament.
He got his tournament off to a dream start with a course equalling 61 on the Thursday. He downplayed the accomplishment afterwards — “I mean, I play golf for a living. I should be able to shoot a good score occasionally,” he said. It was a sign of things to come.
This win, his first in 7 years since the 2014 Vivint Houston Open, also gives Jones a start in The Masters in 3 weeks time.
“It means the world. Seven years between wins, it‘s been a battle,” Jones said after his closing round 68 which secured the five-shot win, the equal-biggest margin in the tournament’s history.
“It’s been a tough seven years. I’ve had ups and I’ve had downs, as all golfers have, but I mean, it gets me into a lot of big tournaments now.” he said.
“We‘re working to keep our jobs every year and you have to perform well to be able to do that. So it’s probably been seven years since I won, but I’ve had some lean years in there, and to get back to the winner’s circle and to win this golf tournament was pretty emotional for me
“People don’t understand, but it’s just not that easy to win out here.
“It‘s phenomenal and hopefully it’s something I can build on for the rest of the year.”
It hasn’t been an easy road back to the top for Jones. Through his PGA Tour dry spell, he has had two Australia Open wins but has also lost his playing card on the US Tour and had to fight his way back to the top.
Collecting just over $1.6 million for his victory was the cherry on top of a pile of sweetness which also includes a two-year playing exemption and that much-coveted invitation to Augusta National for next month’s Masters.
“I mean, golf … it’s a very tough sport we play out here,” Jones said. “It’s very cutthroat.”