Unbelievably the 2016 European Tour calendar got underway last week. From the 26th November to the 29th November, The Royal Sydney Golf Club played host to The Emirates Australian Open.
The start list for the season opener was full of top name players and world number one, Jordan Speith began the week well, but ultimately fell short, and finished tied with Australian Adam Scott in second place.
The eventual winner was Matt Jones (above), an Australian from Oyster Bay and a somewhat late bloomer, who at 35 years of age only picked up his first tour victory last year. Victory at the 100th Australian Open was certainly not an easy victory and he kept every single hometown fan waiting and biting their nails throughout the entire final round, in fact it seemed as though he was actually trying to lose the Emirates Australian Open.
Starting the day with a bogey and a double bogey he lost the slender lead that he had, he steadied the boat a little, but it looked like he had blown his chances when he found the water on the 9th for a triple bogey.
World Number One Jordan Speith however could not capitalize on the plethora of errors that Jones was committing and Jones´s biggest challenge came from two players who shot the rounds of the day, Australians Adam Scott (above) and Rod Pampling.
Pampling´s stunning round of 61, a new course record of 10 under par, gave him a share of the lead, before a couple of birdies from Jones sealed his win.
Jones did however try one last time to lose the tournament, with a one shot lead on the final hole, he required a breath from the gods to avoid the water with his third before closing out with a putt that curled into the left side of the cup for his biggest victory so far.
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