Matt Jones punched his ticket to his first Masters berth in dramatic fashion Sunday, sinking a 42-yard chip on first playoff hole of the Shell Houston Open to beat Matt Kuchar.
Guess that whole “drive for show; putt (and chip) for dough” thing is kinda true, huh?
The playoff-ending chip wasn’t the only amazing shot of the round for Jones. The 33-year-old Australian, who hadn’t won a PGA Tour tournament before Sunday, also sank a 46-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole in order to force the playoff with Kuchar.
Jones, who won almost $1.2 million thanks to his remarkable chip, could have qualified for the 2014 Masters last fall, but he barely missed a short putt on the final hole of the 2013 BMW Championship. It’s taken a few months for Jones to avenge that heartbreaking miss, but I’m sure he doesn’t mind now that he’ll be competing at Augusta next week.
[Source: Houston Chronicle]