Local Jones holds off Spieth, Scott to win Australian Open

Sun Nov 29, 2015 3:07am EST
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By Nick Mulvenney

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Matt Jones held off world number one Jordan Spieth and a charging Adam Scott on his home course to win the 100th edition of the Australian Open by a stroke after a dramatic final round on Sunday.

Leading by three shots overnight, Jones gave his pursuers every chance with a double and triple bogey on the front nine, but four birdies in a two-over-par 73 proved enough for victory on eight-under-par at the Australian Golf Club.

"That was very stressful, it wasn't comfortable out there for me," an emotional Jones said after receiving the Stonehaven Cup for the first time.

"I've watched the Australian Open for many years and just to have my name on that trophy is something I'll never forget."

Defending champion Spieth had a 15-foot eagle putt at the last to force a playoff but sent his ball wide of the hole and had to settle for a 71, giving him a share of second place with Scott.

"I thought that it would all be there today and I just didn't start out strong enough," said the U.S. Open and Masters champion.

"It's frustrating to only shoot even par when I feel like my game was certainly ready to shoot a three, four, five under round."

Former world number one Scott, still seeking his first title of the year, had surged up the leaderboard with a seven-birdie 65 to move to seven-under on another blustery day in Sydney.   Continued...

Australia's Matthew Jones poses with the 2015 Australian Open golf trophy after winning the tournament in Sydney, Australia, November 29, 2015. REUTERS/Steve Christo