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Matt Jones began Sunday's dreary final round in the Shell Houston Open six shots back of the leader and needed nothing short of a heroic round to have any shot at the title. Opening his final round with a bogey, the 33 year old Australian, Jones made four birdies on his front nine making the turn in three under par 33.
Still chasing the lead the entire back nine Jones birdies three of the first seven holes on the back nine to get within one of the lead. Jones made an untimely bogey at the 17th that would seem to seal his fate. Jones would not let the bogey become his undoing and proceeded to roll in a forty foot plus birdie putt on the 72nd hole of regulation to get within one of the leader back on the tee.
As luck would have it, a bogey from the leader led to a playoff. The players headed back to the 18th tee.
Jones' approach into the first playoff hole came up well short of the green leaving himself a 42 yard pitch shot to the hole. Stepping into the shot, Jones hit a low runner that tracked right at the hole and fell to the bottom of the cup for birdie. Jones' playing competitor couldn't match the birdie giving Jones the victory!
"I walked up there and told my caddy I was going to chip it in," Jones said. " You don't know if it's going to lip out, low or high, but when I saw it disappear it's probably the happiest I've been on the golf course."
The win earns Jones the last invitation to next week's Masters Tournament.
Jones relied on FJ Icon and SciFlex during Sunday's rainy final round.
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FJ - 57%
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FJ Glove Count
FJ - 38%
Nearest Competitor - 13%
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The "Round of the Year" so far for 2014...
6 back and to Win with a chip-in on first play-off hole, "Priceless"
A big congratulations to Stevie/Footjoy/Titleist.
Great win for Matt and what a way to finish. And now on the Masters.
Great way to win his first ...now time to get ready for the Masters.
Another win by the Top Shoe makers.. Well done.. Lets get the Master next!!
Way to go Matt!!! You made the Sun Devil nation proud.
Way to go Matt !! A Masters invite in very dramatic fashion, good luck at Augusta.
Congratulations Matt! What a way to finish! Enjoy the trip to Augusta!
Great win by Matt. It's too bad Kuchar couldn't hang on. Now he needs to work on the closing portion of his game but he should be in it at the Masters. Lets go FJ. Best shoes out there :)
What an amazing putt to force the OT and then chip in on to close the deal and earn a trip to Augusta!
Unbelievable finish for Matt.
Awesome putt on 18 to put yourself in position and then what a chip in the playoff. I liked the confidence of letting your caddie know you were going to make it. Great win and I think you would look good in a Masters green jacket.
Great win courtesy of FJ ! Keep the ball rolling....