Lo­cal pips Louis to claim Aussie Open

The Citizen (KZN) - - Sport -

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. –

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