It has to be an omen that the last guy to make the field at The 2014 Masters would start making noise during the Par 3 tournament on Wednesday at Augusta National golf course. Thirty-three year-old Aussie, Matt Jones who made the elite field on the strength of his win at The Shell Houston Open last Sunday Aced the third hole on Wednesday.
After the phenomenal chip shot he made on the 18th hole at The Golf Club of Houston for his first PGA Tour win, Matt Jones’ life changed forever. His life has been turned upside down this week as he has had to book flights, arrange lodging and tickets at Augusta, but I’m sure the young Aussie is happy to do have all of these problems.
As he got back to the business of playing golf on Wednesday, he showed everyone that it wasn’t a fluke that he’s here, and he intends to be competitive in his first trip to the Masters.
“You can’t keep it out of the hole,” said Jimmy Walker, playing in the group behind Jones, who was addressing his ball on the fourth tee.
“It was lucky,” Jones said, backing off. After taking no time over the ball, he swung and watched as his ball drifted right into a greenside bunker.
“You can make that,” playing partner Graham DeLaet said.
Jones: “I’ll have fun trying.”
I don’t hold much expectation that a first-timer can come in here and win a Green Jacket in his first appearance at the Masters, but you can never count someone out who is on a roll. And after beating Matt Kuchar in a playoff on Sunday, certainly has the momentum on his side when he tees it up today for that first round.
Maybe there will be another omen out there on Sunday afternoon.