Matt Jones marches on in the Australian Open at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney.
Matt carded a marvelous third round -3 under par 68, in difficult conditions to post -10 under par at the top of the Australian Open leaderboard, and maintain his three shot advantage gong into the final round tomorrow;
“One more day to go, I get to play with him; be no better person to beat on the final day and have him in the group with me.”
” So yeah, to go up against the number 1 in the world will be a lot of fun.”
“I’m just happy to be in the final group leading the golf tournament with a chance to win.”
“Of course we play golf for a living and to have the chance to win is what you want, and to go up against the number 1 in the world is even better.”
Defending Champion, and World number one Jordan Spieth is fighting to retain his title, a -4 under par 67 keeping him in touch with the leader at -7 under par, and holding second place on his own, but three shots on this course in windy conditions is a huge advantage. Jordan set the crowd alight with an Eagle two at the 17th.
Jordan thought he would be closer to Matt at the end of the day;
“When I finished the round I thought I’d either be tied or one back and it looks like I may be two or three, either way, it’s a lot better than I was to four holes today.”
” Great fight back, one of the best fought rounds I’ve had that I can remember.”
“He’s a guy who can, with confidence, really roll his putter well.”
” He’s a guy who isn’t fazed by the wind. He hits a nice little punch ball draw flight and he’s not letting up.”
On his own in third is Rhein Gibson, with a tournament total of -5 under par, after his third round -3 under par 68, and he was happy with that score;
“I knew it was going to be a little tough today with the wind and the bigger crowds but I had a good front-9 which kind of settled me down a bit and happy to shoot 3-under.”
“This is one of my top three courses in Australia. I love coming here.”
” The greens are absolutely perfect. You get some balls tracking on line, they’re going to go in.”
Aron Price and Lincoln Tighe are tied in fourth position at -4 under par, with Geoff Ogilvy on his own in sixth at -3 under.
The title is really down to one of top three, with Adam Scott way back at -1 under par for the tournament, – 3 under 68 was a better effort today. He carded an Eagle three at the par five last hole to get there, with a good putt;
“A lot better today than yesterday coming off the course.”
“It was a hard grind out there today. Windy all day, pins were tucked. I was scrambling, I was hitting some good shots, making some putts.”
“It was a bit of everything out there that added up. Good in the end.”
Good to see European Ryder Cup Captain, Darren Clarke playing well, he is also at -1 under for the competition, along with Adam, Brett Rumford and Todd Sinnott.
In all there are only ten players in red figures, and that number could go down if the windy conditions continue for the final round tomorrow.