Local pips Louis to claim Aussie Open
Sydney – Sydneysider Matt Jones (left) won his second Australian Open title in four years on Sunday after a two-under-par 69 in the final round proved just enough for a one-shot victory over major winner Louis Oosthuizen.
There was late drama when Oosthuizen finished with an eagle to draw within a shot of the lead but Jones, despite finding a bunker from the 18th tee, held his nerve to nail a five-foot par putt on the final green and secure the title.
Jones, the overnight leader, ended on 15-under 269 for the tournament to raise the Stonehaven Cup for the second time at The Australian Golf Club, where he is a member and also secured his 2015 triumph.
“It’s very special when it’s your national Open and to do it twice is something that’s pretty unbelievable right now,” said the Arizona-based 39-year-old.
“It’s a great honour and to be on a trophy with Jack (Nicklaus) and Gary (Player) and Greg (Norman) and Adam (Scott), Rory (McIlroy), Jordan (Speith) is something that I’ll be able to look back on later in life and be very proud of.”
Players had complained of visibility problems and stinging eyes when smoke from the bushfires raging around Sydney blanketed the course over the first two rounds of the tournament but blustery winds cleared the skies over the weekend. –