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Impact: Better late than never for Matt Jones

April 07, 2014





*"*I was going home to play with my 2-year-old and 3-week-old, so, bit of a change now that I think they'll be on a plane to Augusta as well. We've got to find a house." -- Matt Jones

The 33-year-old Australian started Sunday at the Shell Houston Open six shots back but capped off his final-round 66 with a 40-yard pitch-in to beat Matt Kuchar in a sudden-death playoff.

Jones' chances of winning appeared all but finished when he bogeyed the 17th hole and dropped two shots back of Kuchar, but a 46-foot birdie bomb on 18 in regulation and the hole out on the same hole in the playoff secured Jones' first career PGA Tour victory. As if the victory couldn't be any sweeter, Jones' win also added him to this week's field at Augusta. It'll be Jones' first appearance at the Masters.

Photo: Getty Images (2014)