MATT JONES continues to shine on the US PGA Tour with an impressive display at the 2014 Phoenix Open at the TPC Scottsdale in Arizona.
The 32-year-old featured strongly in the first two rounds and went into the weekend with a share of the 36 hole lead.
Jones, who lives in the area and has used it as his base since joining the PGA TOUR in 2008, shot two 65’s in the opening rounds to garner a lot of local media and tv coverage attention.
Fellow Aussie Greg Chalmers was another with a spectacular opening with rounds of 65 and 67.
Unfortunately, things fell away for both on the weekend with Jones struggling with his driver on Saturday on his way to a 1-over-par 72 to fall from joint leader to sixth position, five shots behind then leader Bubba Watson.
Jones shot a 2-over 73 in the final round to finish on 9-under tied for 12th. Chalmers also faded with 71, 73 on the weekend and finished at 8-under tied for 15th.
The event was won by America’s Kevin Stadler, the 33-year-old son of major champion Craig “The Walrus” Stadler.
It was Stadler’s first US PGA Tour win and came after playing partner Bubba Watson missed a 5-foot par putt on 18 that would have forced a playoff. Stadler had just missed his own 10 foot birdie.
“I was a little weird way to win a golf tournament,” Stadler said. “I fully expected him to make the putt. I would have rather made mine to win it.”
Still, his 3-under 68 was enough for a one-stroke victory over Watson (71) and fast finishing Canadian Graham DeLaet (65).
Father and Son to play in 2014 US Masters
The win came in Stadler’s 239th Tour start and earned him a spot in the 2014 US Masters — a tournament his father won in 1982.
The Stadlers are the ninth father-son winners in US PGA Tour history and will be the first to play in the same Masters.
“It’s going to great for me because it’s really my last one,” said dad Craig Stadler, a 13-time PGA TOUR winner with nine Champions Tour victories. “I kept saying, `When he gets in, that’s my last one.’ … I’m proud of him. It’s awesome.”
Geoff Ogilvy also showed encouraging signs in Scottsdale with a final round 2-under 69 putting him at 6-under for the event tied for 29th.
The US PGA Tour heads to the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am this week where Australia’s Jason Day has been picked as favourite by the local “experts”.Phoenix Open Leaderboard