Winner’s Circle: Matt Jones Cruises to Victory at The Honda Classic

Matt Jones Wins The Honda Classic
Matt Jones reacts to his birdie on the 12th green during the final round of The Honda Classic at PGA National Champion course on March 21, 2021 in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Matt Jones shot a 2-under 68 on Sunday at PGA National to claim a five-shot victory at The Honda Classic.

Jones finished his final day at the vaunted Champion course with five birdies against three bogeys to reach 12-under par, five clear of Brandon Hagy (66).

The win was Jones’ second of his PGA Tour career, and first since the 2014 Shell Houston Open. The victory will move the 40-year old Aussie to 12th in the FedExCup standings, and inside the top 50 in the Official World Golf Rankings.


Matt Jones Wins the Honda Classic


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Pro-File

Name: Matthew Jones
Nationality: Australian
Height: 6′ 0″
Weight: 170 lb
Birthdate: April 19, 1980 (age 40)
Native: Sydney, Australia
Resides: Sydney, Australia
College: Arizona State
Equipment: Titleist


Leaderboard: Top 10

Pos-Player-To Par (Rd 4)
1. Matt Jones -12 (-2)
2. Brandon Hagy -7 (-4)
3. Chase Seiffert -6 (-6)
3. Brendan Steele -6 (-5)
3. Denny McCarthy -6 (-3)
3. Russell Henley -6 (-2)
3. C.T. Pan -6 (E)
8. Adam Hadwin -5 (-2)
8. Camilo Villegas -5 (-1)
8. Zach Johnson -5 (E)
8. Sungjae Im -5 (E)
8. Sam Ryder -5 (+1)


Opening Rounds

Matt Jones Honda Classic
Matt Jones talks with his caddie on the second green during the first round of The Honda Classic at PGA National Champion course on March 18, 2021 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)
Round 1

Pos-Player-To Par (Score)
1. Matt Jones -9 (61)
2. Russell Henley -6 (64)
2. Aaron Wise -6 (64)

Round 2

Pos-Player-To Par (Rd 2)
1. Aaron Wise -12 (-6)
2. Matt Jones -9 (E)

Round 3

Pos-Player-To Par (Rd 3)
1. Matt Jones -10 (-1)
2. J.B. Holmes -7 (-5)
2. Aaron Wise -7 (+5)


Matt Jones’ Winning Stats

Matt Jones Wins The Honda Classic
Matt Jones plays his shot from the 14th tee during the final round of The Honda Classic at PGA National Champion course on March 21, 2021 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Top-line Stats

Driving: 315.2 (23)
Fairways: 36/56, 64.29% (T27)
Greens: 52/72, 72.22% (T6)
Putts/Per GIR: 1.712 (T12)
Scores: 1 Eagle, 20 Birdies, 41 Pars, 10 Bogeys

Strokes Gained

Off the Tee: 2.844 (10th)
Approach the Green: 5.893 (7th)
Putting: 2.152 (25th)
Tee to Green: 14.301 (1st)
Total: 16.453 (1st)


Jones’ 2020-21 Season

Starts: 16
Cuts Made: 13
Wins: 1 (The Honda)
Additional Top 10: 2
Earnings: $2,153,010 (22)
FedExCup Pts: 921 (9)
World Rank Before/After: 83/48


Jones’ Career Victories

PGA Tour: 2
2021 The Honda Classic
2014 Shell Houston Open

PGA Tour Australasia: 2
2019 Emirates Australian Open
2015 Emirates Australian Open


WITB: Matt Jones

Matt Jones Wins The Honda Classic
Matt Jones reacts on the sixth green during the final round of The Honda Classic at PGA National Champion course on March 21, 2021 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Driver: Titleist TSi2 (10°)
Fairway: Titleist TSi3 (16.5°)
Irons: Titleist MB 712 (4-PW)
Gap Wedge: Vokey SM7 (52°)
Sand Wedge: Vokey SM7 (56˚)
Lob Wedge: Vokey SM8 (60˚)
Putter: Scotty Cameron GSS
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Hat/Apparel: Titleist/Footjoy


Money, Points & Whatnot

Matt Jones Wins The Honda Classic
Matt Jones celebrates on the 18th green after winning The Honda Classic at PGA National Champion course on March 21, 2021 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

With his win, Jones earned $1,260,000 and 500 FedExCup points. He will move to No. 22 on the PGA Tour’s money list and No. 9 in the points standings.

Jones also received 38 OWGR points to move to No. 48 in the world rankings. He was previously at No. 83.

He also earned a two-year full exemption through the 2023 PGA Tour season, and secured spots in the following 2021 and 2002 elite events:
– The Masters (2021)
– PGA Championship (2021)
– Memorial Tournament (2021)
– Sentry T of C (2022)
– The Arnold Palmer (2022)
– The PLAYERS (2022)


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Credits: Getty Images, PGA Tour Media



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