Herald Sun

Aussie Jones in the mix

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MATT Jones is re­fus­ing to get car­ried away af­ter tak­ing ad­van­tage of ideal scor­ing con­di­tions to post a four-un­der 68 at St An­drews last night.

As fel­low Aus­tralian Rod Pam­pling strug­gled to a 77, Jones col­lected five birdies in his first com­pet­i­tive look at the Old Course. Jones fin­ished equal 54th on his Open de­but last year at Royal Liver­pool.

“It’s great to get off to a start like that play­ing my sec­ond Bri­tish Open, es­pe­cially play­ing this golf course,” Jones said.

“I played smart out there, just kept it out of trou­ble and gave my­self some birdie chances and made a nice one on the last there.”

Jones picked up shots on the sec­ond, fifth, 11th, 15th and 18th holes, with his only blem­ish com­ing on the par­four sev­enth.

“I just mishit my sand wedge. Other than that, I played fine,” he said. “I def­i­nitely wanted to birdie the last to get to four un­der. I did that so it was def­i­nitely a nice way to fin­ish the round.”

Now in red fig­ures, Jones said he didn’t care how low the lead­ers went on the open­ing day.

“There’s three rounds left. It means noth­ing,” he said. “Just to get off to a good start, I’m happy with four un­der.”

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