The excitement of this week’s Australian Open has added to what has already been one of the most enthralling beginnings to this year’s summer of golf.
Matt Jones claimed victory at his home course, The Australian Golf Club, holding off world number 1 Jordan Spieth and Australian Number 1 Adam Scott in what was one of the most dramatic final rounds ever seen in this country.
Jones began the round with a three shot lead, but saw this dissolve inside the first two holes with some uncharacteristic sloppy play. Likewise, Spieth also dropped shots over first few holes and missed a great chance to stamp his authority on the tournament. These slips allowed Adam Scott to come back into the fray, and, with the round of the day of 10 under 61, veteran Rod Pampling come from 4 over at the start of his round, to hold the clubhouse lead at 6 under the card.
Jones showed his class throughout the back nine with flashes of brilliance and solid play to finish a deserved winner.
The performance of the New South Welshman and great showings from Scott, Geoff Ogilvy, Brett Rumford, Terry Pilkadaris and Pampling, as well as strong performances from some of the up and comers of Australian golf, not only showed the depth of the game in this country, but highlighted the resurgence of the sport in Australia.
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