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Crucial Finish in Kentucky for Matt Jones

Jones creates cushion as regular season draws to a close (Photo: Henry Peters)
Australian Matt Jones has all but sealed his PGA Tour status for another season with a blistering final round of 63 at the Barbasol Championship in Kentucky.

Held opposite the Open Championship and in vastly different conditions at Keene Trace Golf Club, Jones' 9 under closing round was the day's equal best and left him in a share of 4th at 22 under.

Importantly, the NSW golfer improved his FedEx Cup standing from 120th to 106th with two event remaining in the regular PGA Tour season and appears to have avoided a return to the Korn Ferry Tour Finals in order to regain his PGA Tour status.

Jones’ outward nine of 29 set the scene for the former Australian Open champion to record his best finish of the year on the PGA Tour.

Yet another Australian Open champion, Cameron Davis, also had another good week, finishing tied for 11th but at 160th in the FedEx Cup standings he will need something special in his next two starts to ensure he is back in the big time next season.

Rod Pampling was the other Australian to make the weekend and he finished 53rd.

The winner of the event was American Jim Herman whose claim to fame in Australia was his victory in a then Nationwide Tour event in Victoria in 2010.

Herman won by one from former US Amateur Champion Kelly Kraft who lost his chance of a first PGA Tour title when he bogeyed two of his last three holes.

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