Matt Jones wins Houston Open on first playoff hole

  • Article by: KURT VOIGT , Associated Press
  • Updated: April 6, 2014 - 9:59 PM
hide

It’s on to the Masters for Houston Open champion Matt Jones, who beat Matt Kuchar with a dramatic chip on the first playoff hole. But first, Jones, an Australian, took time to take a photo with former President George H.W. Bush.

Photo: PATRIC SCHNEIDER • AP,

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

– Matt Jones told his caddie he was about to make a 42-yard chip-in on the first playoff hole at the Houston Open.

The 33-year-old Australian did just that on Sunday, earning his first PGA Tour win in spectacular fashion — and changing his immediate travel plans in the process.

Jones, who began the day six shots off the lead, shot a final-round 66 and ended the tournament 15 under, earning his first trip to the Masters with a dramatic victory over Matt Kuchar.

He earned nearly $1.2 million, also making amends for a disastrous missed putt last September that appeared destined to keep him from playing at Augusta National.

“Going to Augusta is amazing,” said Jones, who played at Arizona State. “The win means everything to me right now because that’s what we play for is to win. To have Augusta as a reward for that win is amazing.”

In September, Jones lipped out an 8-foot birdie putt on the last hole of the BMW Championship — a putt that would have earned him a trip to next week’s Masters by sending him to the Tour Championship.

After briefly tying Kuchar in the middle of the round on Sunday, Jones bogeyed the next-to-last hole in regulation, leaving Jones at 14 under, two shots back of Kuchar.

However, Jones — in the first of his two memorable moments on the 18th — rolled in a 46-foot putt for birdie. That pulled him within one shot of Kuchar.

Kuchar went on to bogey the final hole of regulation after hitting his second shot into the water.

That set the stage for the playoff. Jones drove into the right fairway bunker on the first playoff hole. He then landed just short of the greenside bunker with his second shot, while Kuchar found the bunker from the fairway.

Jones didn’t leave Kuchar any room for error in the playoff, sending his chip over the greenside bunker and watching it roll in.

“When I saw it disappear it’s probably the happiest I’ve been on the golf course,’ Jones said.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

St. Louis - LP: A. Wainwright 1 FINAL
Pittsburgh - WP: J. Locke 3
Texas - WP: C. Lewis 12 FINAL
Seattle - LP: E. Ramirez 4
Washington 4 Top 7th Inning
Philadelphia 5
Tampa Bay 3 FINAL
Baltimore 1
Boston - LP: T. Layne 2 FINAL
Toronto - WP: M. Stroman 5
NY Yankees 8 Bottom 7th Inning
Detroit 2
Atlanta 3 Bottom 9th Inning
NY Mets 2
Chicago Cubs 2 Top 8th Inning
Cincinnati 6
Cleveland 1 Bottom 6th Inning
Chicago WSox 2
Minnesota 1 Top 8th Inning
Kansas City 0
Oakland 0 Top 6th Inning
Houston 0
Milwaukee 0 Bottom 3rd Inning
San Diego 0
Los Angeles 0 Bottom 1st Inning
Arizona 0
Miami - H. Alvarez 9:05 PM
LA Angels - H. Santiago
Colorado - F. Morales 9:15 PM
San Francisco - T. Hudson
Atlanta 8/28/14 5:00 PM
Jacksonville
Detroit 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Buffalo
Indianapolis 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Kansas City 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Green Bay
NY Jets 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Philadelphia
St. Louis 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Miami
Carolina 8/28/14 6:30 PM
Pittsburgh
New England 8/28/14 6:30 PM
NY Giants
Washington 8/28/14 6:30 PM
Tampa Bay
Baltimore 8/28/14 7:00 PM
New Orleans
Chicago 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Cleveland
Denver 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Dallas
Minnesota 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Tennessee
San Francisco 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Houston
Arizona 8/28/14 9:00 PM
San Diego
Seattle 8/28/14 9:00 PM
Oakland
(21) Texas A&M 8/28/14 5:00 PM
(9) So Carolina
Wake Forest 8/28/14 6:02 PM
ULM
Boise State 8/28/14 7:00 PM
(18) Ole Miss
Tulane 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Tulsa
Temple 8/28/14 8:15 PM
Vanderbilt
Rutgers 8/28/14 9:00 PM
Washington St
Weber State 8/28/14 9:30 PM
(19) Arizona State
BYU 8/29/14 6:00 PM
Connecticut
(6) Jacksonville St 8/29/14 6:30 PM
(8) Michigan State
Bowling Green 8/29/14 6:30 PM
Western Ky
TX-San Antonio 8/29/14 8:00 PM
Houston
Colorado State 8/29/14 8:00 PM
Colorado
UNLV 8/29/14 9:30 PM
Arizona
Penn State 8/30/14 7:30 AM
UCF
Troy 8/30/14 11:00 AM
UAB
(7) UCLA 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Virginia
Western Mich 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Purdue
(5) Ohio State 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Navy
Appalachian St 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Michigan
Ga Southern 8/30/14 11:30 AM
NC State
Boston College 8/30/14 2:00 PM
Massachusetts
West Virginia 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(2) Alabama
Rice 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(17) Notre Dame
(10) South Dakota St 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(24) Missouri
Fla Atlantic 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(22) Nebraska
California 8/30/14 2:30 PM
Northwestern
Marshall 8/30/14 2:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
UC Davis 8/30/14 3:00 PM
(11) Stanford
Arkansas 8/30/14 3:00 PM
(6) Auburn
(16) Clemson 8/30/14 4:30 PM
(12) Georgia
Liberty 8/30/14 5:00 PM
(23) North Carolina
Ohio U 8/30/14 5:00 PM
Kent State
Louisiana Tech 8/30/14 6:00 PM
(4) Oklahoma
Idaho 8/30/14 6:00 PM
Florida
Stephen F Austin 8/30/14 6:10 PM
(20) Kansas State
Fresno State 8/30/14 6:30 PM
(15) USC
Southern Miss 8/30/14 6:30 PM
Miss State
Texas-El Paso 8/30/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico
North Texas 8/30/14 7:00 PM
Texas
(1) Florida State 8/30/14 7:00 PM
Oklahoma State
(14) Wisconsin 8/30/14 8:00 PM
(13) LSU
South Dakota 8/30/14 9:30 PM
(3) Oregon
(25) Washington 8/30/14 9:30 PM
Hawaii
Utah State 8/31/14 6:00 PM
Tennessee
SMU 8/31/14 6:30 PM
(10) Baylor
Miami-Florida 9/1/14 7:00 PM
Louisville
D.C. 9:30 PM
Los Angeles
Ottawa 8/29/14 6:30 PM
Montreal
Winnipeg 8/31/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Toronto 9/1/14 12:00 PM
Hamilton
Edmonton 9/1/14 3:30 PM
Calgary
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close