Six Aussies have final 2015 US Masters chance in Houston

2015 Shell Houston Open Preview: Leaderboard: TV Times

 

Matt Jones was a happy man chipping in from off the green to win the  2014 Shell Houston Open
Matt Jones was a happy man chipping in from off the green to win the 2014 Shell Houston Open

FOR six Aussie golfers a win at the Shell Houston Open this weekend is the final chance for a spot in the 2015 US Masters, and that includes defending champion Matt Jones.

Last year Jones famously sunk a 45 foot birdie putt on the 72 hole at the Golf Club of Houston in Humble, Texas, and then holed a chip from off the green at the first playoff hole to defeat Matt Kuchar and take his first US PGA Tour title.

That put him into his first Augusta National appearance the following week. He and five others – Aaron Baddeley, Robert Allenby, Steve Bowditch, Cameron Percy and Jarrod Lyle have the same opportunity this week.

Jones has been playing reasonably well of late, including a third at the Arnold Palmer Invitational a few weeks back, and certainly has the talent to post back to back wins.

Baddeley was contending midway through the Texas Valero Open last week before falling back on the last day while last week’s defending champion Bowditch will no doubt still be smarting from his opening round 80 and will be looking to bounce back.

Other genuine Masters contenders are in the field this week and looking to fine tune their games ahead of the big one next week, including last week’s winner Jimmy Walker, Australian Open champ Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reid, Matt Kuchar, Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood and 5-time major winner Phil Mickelson.

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Shell Houston Open Leaderboard

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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