The short holes proved to give Matt Jones the greatest amount of grief as a PGA TOUR top-10 finish slipped through his fingers at The Honda Classic at PGA National on Sunday.
Tied for 12th entering the final round and in position to record his best result of the year, Jones missed a putt from inside eight feet to make bogey at the par-3 fifth and then made double bogey at the par-3 seventh after leaving his second shot in the front left bunker.
Birdies at 10 and 11 helped to right the ship somewhat for the Sutherland Shire native and after navigating the first two legs of the infamous ‘Bear Trap’ in even par, made bogey at the par-3 17th to post 1-over for the week and tied for 36th.
While Jones was heading south on Sunday New Zealand’s Danny Lee was trending in the opposite direction, bouncing back from a third round of 75 to shoot even par 70 and move up 15 spots into a tie for 36th, tied with Jones.
In a week where Adam Scott and Cameron Smith both failed to qualify for the weekend Cameron Davis was the only other Australian to make the cut, dropping 20 places in the final round with a 3-over 73 made up of one birdie, two bogeys and a double at the par-4 11th after hitting his approach shot into the water.
T36 Matt Jones 69-69-69-74—281 $US25,345
T36 Danny Lee 69-67-75-70—281 $25,345
T59 Cameron Davis 70-72-68-73—283 $14,620
MC Adam Scott 72-71—143
MC Cameron Smith 68-79—147
MC Curtis Luck 74-76—150
MC Rod Pampling 77-76—153
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