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article imagePGA Tour: Australian Matt Jones captures Houston Open in style

By Larry Seely     Apr 6, 2014 in Sports
Houston - 33-year-old Australian golfer Matt Jones earned his first victory on the PGA Tour in dramatic style. The former Arizona State star made a long 46 foot birdie putt on the final hole, shooting 66 on Sunday and forcing a playoff with Matt Kuchar.
Jones and Kuchar both missed the fairway on the first extra hole and after laying up short of the green, the Aussie chipped in to capture the Houston Open and win a spot in the 2014 Masters tournament.
Kuchar wasn't sharp in his final round, shooting an even par 72, but two bogeys over the final three holes helped seal his demise.
Jones had a chance last year to win his first tournament, but a missed putt on the final hole of the BMW Championship cost the new dad a shot at his first title and a trip to Augusta, but the win on Sunday was sweet and a check for nearly $1.2 million will make life much easier.
Sergio Garcia finished the event in third place after a final round of 70. Cameron Tringale finished fourth at -12 and Shawn Stefani had a strong showing, finishing fifth at -10 after a terrific round of 69.
This is the second straight week an Australian has finished first on the PGA Tour with Steven Bowditch capturing the win last week in San Antonio. Kuchar also struggled in the final round in that event, costing him a chance to win back-to-back events, but one good week at Augusta could put that smile back on the Georgians face and a Green Jacket in his wardrobe.
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