Matt Jones tied course report, incredibile 61

Matt Jones’ opening spherical at The Honda Traditional was outstanding. He was remarkably unimpressed. Jones tied the course report Thursday on a usually windy day at PGA Nationwide with a bogey-free 9-under 61 giving him a three-shot lead.

He matched the mark set by Brian Harman within the second spherical in 2012, and was one shot higher than the final-round 62 that Tiger Woods posted that yr. “That is an unbelievable spherical of golf,” stated Lee Westwood, who opened with an even-par 70.

“Could possibly be the spherical of the yr, 61 round right here, when it is flat calm, spectacular. However when there is a 15-, 20-mile-an-hour wind blowing, greens are quick, loads of crosswinds, that is an unbelievable spherical of golf.”

All informed, there have been roughly 6,000 match rounds at The Honda Traditional because it moved to PGA Nationwide in 2007. None was higher than the one Thursday from Jones.

Matt Jones, statements

“I play golf for a residing,” Jones stated.

“I imply, I ought to be capable of shoot a superb golf rating sometimes. It would not occur as a lot as I would like. However sure, I am very pleased with it. I used to be very calm, I used to be very relaxed on the market. I am usually a bit extra amped-up and hyped-up and I had a distinct objective this week, to be slightly extra calm than usually and stroll slower.”

He is not into charting superlatives. He would not know what number of course information he holds, or what number of holes in a single he is made. He wasn’t even conscious he had 4 consecutive birdies on the entrance 9 Thursday till he noticed his card on an enormous leaderboard as his spherical was ending.

“I used to be simply managing the golf course and hitting good pictures,” Jones stated. Russell Henley and Aaron Sensible shot 64s, matching the most effective rating at The Honda Traditional by anybody — Jones excluded — since Rory McIlroy and Russell Knox had 63s in 2014. No person within the area final yr shot higher than a 66.

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