Apr 06 2014
Australian Matt Jones pitched in from 42 yards for a birdie-3 to defeat Matt Kuchar on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the Shell Houston Open in rainy conditions Sunday at the Golf Club of Houston Tournament Course. Jones earned $1,152,000 with his victory plus an invitation to the Masters tournament as he became the eighth Aussie to win Houston’s PGA TOUR event.
Jones shot 68-68-71-66 to finish regulation at 15-under par, his last birdie coming on a monster 46-foot putt on the 18th hole. Kuchar, who led most of the day, bogeyed two of the last three holes. He bogeyed the 18th after hitting his second shot into the lake from the middle of the fairway, dropping into a tie with Jones. Kuchar carded rounds of 66-67-68-72.
Sergio Garcia of Spain finished solo third with 67-65-73-71 for 13-under 275. Cameron Tringale was a stroke back. Baytown’s Shawn Stefani, who needed to earn just over $84,000 to keep his PGA Tour card, finished 5th at 10-under-par and earned $256,000.
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