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Matt Jones carded a bogey-free 61 to equal Brian Harman’s course file at PGA Nationwide; Lee Westwood birdied his remaining two holes to salvage a level-par 70 – watch stay protection on Friday from 11.30am on Sky Sports activities Golf.

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A glance again at the perfect of the motion from the PGA Tour’s Honda Traditional at PGA Nationwide in Palm Seaside Gardens, Florida.

A glance again at the perfect of the motion from the PGA Tour’s Honda Traditional at PGA Nationwide in Palm Seaside Gardens, Florida.

Matt Jones produced a scintillating show in breezy situations to open up a three-shot lead after the opening spherical of the PGA Tour’s Honda Traditional.

The Australian equalled the course file by posting a bogey-free 61 at PGA Nationwide, with 9 birdies serving to the world No 83 transfer right into a commanding benefit on the prime of the leaderboard.

Russell Henley and Aaron Clever are his closest challenges after each signing for a six-under 64 to sit down in a share of second, with Kevin Chappell discovering a final-hole eagle to affix Scott Harrington in tied-fourth on 4 underneath.

US Ryder Cup captain Steve Striker, Joseph Bramlett and Australia’s Cameron Davis had been the choose of the afternoon starters as they carded opening-round 66s to additionally keep inside 5 of the lead, whereas Eire’s Shane Lowry made a powerful begin earlier within the day with a three-under 67.

“I struck the ball properly truly all day and it was in all probability one of many higher ball-striking days with my irons that I’ve had for an extended, very long time,” Jones stated after matching the course file set by Brian Harman in 2012.

“My proximity to the opening was excellent. Usually that is my weak point, however immediately it was my energy. I hit loads of good pictures and I made the putts once I hit it shut.”

Jones holed a 15-footer on the second and received up and down from a greenside bunker to select up a shot on the par-three third, earlier than including additional birdies over the subsequent two holes to achieve the flip in 31.

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The 2-time Australian Open champion rolled in a 15-footer on the eleventh and added one other birdie from the six ft on the thirteenth, with Jones then firing his method on the sixteenth to tap-in vary and holing from off the seventeenth inexperienced to go eight underneath for this spherical.

Jones added a two-putt birdie on the par-five final to shut out a blemish-free card and set the clubhouse goal, with not one of the afternoon starters in a position to get near his rating because the winds strengthened across the par-70 format.

Matt Jones holds a three-shot lead at the Honda Classic

Matt Jones holds a three-shot lead on the Honda Traditional

Stricker made three birdies in a four-hole stretch on his again 9 however missed a six-footer on the final for solo fourth, whereas Bramlett jumped to 4 underneath with 4 birdies in his final 5 holes.

Lowry adopted his eighth-place end at The Gamers by mixing 5 birdies with two bogeys to get to 3 underneath, with Zach Johnson recovering from two bogeys in his first three holes to additionally sit tied-ninth.

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Shane Lowry discusses making an encouraging begin to the Honda Traditional and describes what it is wish to play a PGA Tour occasion so near his Florida house

Shane Lowry discusses making an encouraging begin to the Honda Traditional and describes what it is wish to play a PGA Tour occasion so near his Florida house

“Any time you shoot underneath par on this course you are fairly joyful,” Lowry stated. “The wind truly received up fairly early immediately. No matter Matt Jones is doing, I need to see it as a result of 61 out there may be unimaginable. That is simply unimaginable. However I am very pleased with my 67.”

Final yr’s champion Sungjae Im opened his title defence with a two-under 68, whereas Lee Westwood – runner-up on the final two PGA Tour occasions – birdied his remaining two holes to salvage a level-par 70.

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Lee Westwood displays on a powerful end to his opening spherical on the Honda Traditional, the place he birdied his remaining two holes in powerful situations to salvage a level-par 70

Lee Westwood displays on a powerful end to his opening spherical on the Honda Traditional, the place he birdied his remaining two holes in powerful situations to salvage a level-par 70

“Hung in there and clearly a great end,” Westwood stated. “It is all the time good to complete birdie, birdie round this place and I believe 70 is a reasonably good begin.

“It is somewhat bit more durable within the afternoon, once you look by way of the scores, and I believe anyone in all probability would take underneath par. Even par will not be disappointing. So, yeah, one thing to construct on for tomorrow morning.”

Watch the Honda Traditional all through the week stay on Sky Sports activities. Dwell protection continues on Friday from 11.30am on Sky Sports activities Golf and Sky Sports activities Essential Occasion.



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