Matt Jones Savours Second Australian Open Success In Four Years & A 19th Repeat Champion

…… Sydney, Australia 

Matt Jones is celebrating after capturing a second Australian Open victory after posting a final round 69 to win by a shot at 15-under par on the Australian Club course in Sydney.

Jones, 39 went into the final round enjoying a three-stroke leading cushion at 13-under par but needed to hole a testing four-feet par on the 72nd green after South African Louis Oosthuizen brought the crowd around the last hole to their feet in holing a monster putt for an eagle ‘3’.

The eagle sent the 2010 Open winner soaring to 14-under par and tied with Jones who had produced a topsy turvy showing through his outward nine that included a pair of back-to-back ‘bogey, birdie’ scores.

Jones settled down to birdie 13 and 14 to get back to 15-under par before a third bogey of his round at the 16th and move again back to 15-under with a birdie on 17.

Then after his two playing partners putted out, including World No. 1 ranked amateur, Takumi Kanaya of Japan, Jones walked-up and calmly holed his par-winning putt.

Jones will now have an extra special Christmas knowing as we head into a new decade, the proud Aussie is exempt into a least one of the four Majors of 2020.

It’s fantastic. I’ve had a good start to the year in the US,” said Jones.

“Something like this has been coming and it’s very special when it’s your national Open and to do it two times in a row is something that’s pretty unbelievable right now. But I’m going to build on this. If I can play as calm on the US Tour as I did these four days, I think I’ll have a very good year.”

It is also not lost that Jones has been a member of the Australian Club since was 15-years old and in winning on ‘home’ soil, Jones has become also the 19th winner to win one or more Australian Open titles

“I probably haven’t really had a chance to think about it. I have to go through it to look how many people have won it multiple times,” he said.

“Of course I know there’s Norman and there are many others.

“It’s just a great honour to be able to put my name on that trophy with all those champions and there are multiple Major champions on there. To be on the trophy with Jack and Gary and Greg and Adam, Rory, Jordan; to be able to do it twice is very special and something that I’ll be able to look back on later in life and be very proud of.”


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