Dominance off the tee and a fondness for the greens at Corales Golf Club has Matt Jones poised to continue his run of recent good form and chase a second PGA TOUR win at the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship in the Dominican Republic.
It’s been five years and 120 starts since Jones recorded his one and only win on the PGA TOUR at the 2014 Shell Houston Open but two top-15 finishes in his past five starts and five straight made cuts makes him a genuine threat this week.
Tied for 28th in the inaugural event 12 months ago, Jones ranked fifth for putts per green in regulation. Given he is ranked 27th on tour for Strokes Gained: Off-The-Tee, a good ball-striking week at the picturesque layout that sits alongside the Caribbean Sea should put him right in contention come Sunday.
Other Australians in the field this week are veterans Robert Allenby and John Senden, the in-form Aaron Baddeley and PGA TOUR rookies Curtis Luck and Cameron Davis.
Playing with limited status this year, Baddeley is currently 68th in the FedEx Cup standings courtesy of two top-five finishes and two further top-20 results from 10 starts.
Luck is coming off his best result of the year – a tie for 13th at last week’s Valspar Championship – while Davis sits just outside the top 125 on the FedEx Cup in 126th position courtesy of two top-20 finishes this year, the most recent coming at the Puerto Rico Open a month ago.
There are five Australians taking part in the Web.com Tour’s Savannah Golf Championship in Georgia this week with Cameron Percy and Rhein Gibson currently sitting inside the top 25 on the order of merit.
Percy was tied for 22nd in the inaugural Savannah Golf Championship last year and comes into this week riding the momentum of a final round 7-under at last week’s Chitimacha Louisiana Open.
Jamie Arnold will also start the tournament in a good headspace having also finished tied for 22nd last year and having recorded his best finish of the year to date a week ago, a tie for 13th in Louisiana.
Other Aussies in the field this week are Brett Coletta and Brett Drewitt while the Kiwis will be represented by Tim Wilkinson, Nick Voke and Steven Alker.
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