08 Feb 2021 | Professional golf |

Aussies On Tour: Feb 8

by Golf Australia

Aussies on Tour Matt Jones
Arizona State University alum Matt Jones at the 2021 Waste Management Phoenix Open. (Image: Getty)

A stirring finish close to home has carried Arizona State University alum Matt Jones to the best finish of any Aussies on tour at the PGA TOUR’s Waste Management Phoenix Open in Scottsdale.

Crowds were down as was the Australian presence with Jones and Jason Day the only Aussies to tee it up in the desert setting, Jones bouncing back from a difficult start Sunday to rattle off four birdies in his closing eight holes to finish in a tie for 30th in his home town as Brooks Koepka registered his second win in the event.

With a best finish in the event of a tie for 12th seven years ago, Jones began the final round within reach of a top-20 finish but bogeys at four, six and seven resulted in a move on the leaderboard in the opposite direction that he was hoping.

The 40-year-old dropped a bomb from 47 feet at 11 to kick-start his back nine and very nearly followed that up with an eagle putt from 75 feet at the par-5 13th, making his birdie putt from a foot to get back to 1-under on his round.

Further birdies at 15 and 18 rounded out a closing 3-under 68 and a move of four spots up to 52nd in the FedEx Cup.

Day could only muster five birdies in his opening two rounds as he missed the cut as did Kiwi Danny Lee, who made four birdies in succession to complete his second round to come up one short of the weekend.

Like Jones on the PGA TOUR, only one Australian qualified for the weekend at the European Tour’s Saudi International but it was New Zealand’s Ryan Fox who flew the flag for the Australasian contingent by finishing tied for sixth.

Tied for the lead through 36 holes, Fox fell into a tie for seventh following a third round of 1-over 71 but went out in 2-under 33 on Sunday on his way to a 2-under 68 and a finishing position among the game’s very elite, world No.1 Dustin Johnson winning for the second time in three years.

South Australian Wade Ormsby was the lone Australian to play all four rounds at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club, bogeys on three of his final five holes resulting in a tie for 63rd.

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EUROPEAN TOUR

Saudi International

Royal Greens G&CC, King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia

Won by Dustin Johnson (USA) at -15 by two shots

T6 Ryan Fox, 65-65-71-68—269 T63 Wade Ormsby, 71-69-69-71—280 MC Scott Hend, 71-70—141 MC Lucas Herbert, 70-71—141 MC Min Woo Lee, 69-72—141 MC Jason Scrivener, 75-68—143

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PGA TOUR

Waste Management Phoenix Open

TPC Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Arizona

Won by Brooks Koepka (USA) at -19 by one shot

T30 Matt Jones, 68-69-69-68—274 MC Jason Day, 71-70—141 MC Danny Lee, 74-67—141

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ISPS HANDA PGA TOUR OF AUSTRALASIA

Victorian PGA Championship

Moonah Links Resort, Victoria, Australia

Won by Christopher Wood (QLD) at -20 by one shot

1 Chris Wood, 69-66-66-67—268 T2 Michael Sim, 66-66-68-69—269 T2 James Anstiss, 67-68-63-71—269 4 Blake Windred, 64-69-66-71—270 T5 Justin Warren, 65-64-73-70—272 T5 Michael Hendry, 65-70-67-70—2712 7 Anthony Quayle, 65-69-69-70—273

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