Home > Sport > Golf
Monday August 19, 2013 MYT 6:42:02 AM
Monday August 19, 2013 MYT 6:43:43 AM
by andrew both
GREENSBORO, North Carolina (Reuters) - Australian Matt Jones has emerged as a contender for the International Presidents Cup team after another sizzling performance on the PGA Tour.
Jones reeled off five consecutive birdies on his way to a sparkling eight-under-par 62 in the final round at the Wyndham Championship on Sunday.
He started his purple patch at the 12th hole and while his run came too late to contend for victory, he vaulted into a tie for fifth at Sedgefield, just three strokes behind play-off winner Patrick Reed.
Jones has finished in the top-seven in three of his past four starts - performances which no doubt have caught the attention of Nick Price, captain of the International team for October's Presidents Cup against the United States at Muirfield Village in Ohio.
The top 10 in the standings after the next two tournaments will gain automatic selection, while Price will pick two others.
Jones remains outside the top 10 but few other International players are in good form, which may help the Australian's cause.
Jones, 33, downplayed his chances, saying he needed to win in the next two weeks to justify selection.
"I'd need to win a tournament to feel like I've earned my way there," Jones told Reuters. "Top 10s are great but I think you've got to handle the pressure of winning a tournament to understand what playing a Presidents Cup is like.
"This is the closest I've been (to making the team) and it's great to be there because it means I've played well this year."
Jones, who is 37th on the tour's FedEx Cup points standings, has always had a good long game but putting has often been his weak link.
But he made his share of putts on Sunday, including a rollercoaster 45-footer at the 13th that he described as the best putt of his life.
"I had to nearly putt it off the green - at a 45-degree angle to the hole up one steep hill and back down another steep hill - and it went in," he said. "It was amazing."
Kelly longs for some home comfort in LPGA Malaysia
Danny wins Taiwan Masters to end Asian Tour title drought
Harsh conditions not a problem for Cheng as Malaysians wilt
Price eyes more competitive Presidents Cup
Ben lifts first PGM title of the year with Perlis Closed victory
Jin Cheng wins shortened Asia Pacific meet to book Masters spot
Resort in Lumut makes for a great weekend getaway
Soldier charged with possession of IS material
Sabah retains Agong's Cup
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Media Group Berhad (ROC 10894D)(Formerly known as Star Publications (Malaysia) Berhad)