Seven years after the primary time, Matt Jones returns to success on the PGA Tour. In Florida the Australian takes the Honda Basic and celebrates his second profession title on the circuit in 330 begins. At Palm Seashore Gardens, with a complete of 268 (61 70 69 68, -12) the 40-year-old from Sidney clearly surpassed the American Brandon Hagy who, on his thirtieth birthday, completed the competitors in second place (273, – 7), thus acquiring the perfect profession consequence on the PGA Tour.
Third place (274, -6) for the People Chase Seiffert, Brendan Steele, Denny McCarthy and Russell Henley, in addition to for the Taiwanese Pan Cheng-tsung. Sungjae Im failed. The South Korean, outgoing champion, ranked eighth (275, -5).
Matt Jones, Honda Basic
On the trail of the PGA Nationwide (par 70) Jones with this victory took the cross to play the Masters Event, scheduled from Thursday 8 to Sunday 11 April in Georgia (USA), and the PGA Championship.
Not solely that: he earned an exemption on the PGA Tour till the 2022-2023 season, going from 60 / o to 11 / o place within the FedEx Cup. The success additionally earned the Australian a test for $ 1,260,000 in trade for a complete prize cash of seven,000,000.
For him additionally a Honda automotive and the enjoyment of returning to impose himself on the circuit 7 years after the primary time (Houston Open in 2014). Though on this time span the “aussie” participant had achieved two successes on the PGA Tour of Australasia (once more on the Emirates Australia Open in 2015 and 2019).
Lee Westwood held on for about so long as he might at PGA Nationwide’s Champion course, one of the vital demanding tracks on the PGA TOUR. However on Friday, his stellar Florida run got here to a detailed at PGA Nationwide. He’ll have the weekend free after capturing 78 and lacking the minimize.
Westwood’s previous few weeks on the PGA TOUR might have did not ship a trophy, however they did earn the veteran participant loads of new admirers. A month shy of his forty eighth birthday, he went toe-to-toe with mighty Bryson DeChambeau on the Arnold Palmer Invitational introduced by Mastercard, forcing DeChambeau to make a clutch 5-footer for the trophy.
He then stepped in in opposition to the strongest discipline of the season at THE PLAYERS Championship and jumped proper again into the fray, taking one other lead into Sunday. Westwood ran in a single final birdie on the 72nd gap and was a runner-up as soon as extra, this time to a different younger gun – Justin Thomas.
Westwood did the suitable factor by enjoying the Honda, even when he knew he was stretching himself by enjoying a fourth consecutive week. The match has been good to him prior to now, and the Englishman has established his U.S.
base shut by in South Florida. (“It’s simply not proper to withdraw at such a late date,” he stated.) On Thursday, he birdied his final two holes to shoot a stable 70. He was in a great spot. Friday, he simply didn’t have it.
A lone birdie on his seventeenth gap of the day (the eighth) wasn’t almost sufficient to offset three double bogeys on a troublesome observe.