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Jones, Luck On Track in Ohio

Matt Jones is just two off the lead heading to the weekend in Ohio (Photo: Bruce Young)
Matt Jones and Curtis Luck have made ideal starts to the Web.com finals campaign, both inside the top 10 through two rounds of the first of four events that will decide PGA Tour cards for 2019.

Jones shares third place, just two shots out of the lead at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship in Ohio while Luck is a stroke further back and joint seventh.

The event is the first of four that will decide 25 places on next year’s PGA Tour and a top five result in any of the four is all but guaranteed to graduate.

Nine Australians are taking part in the four-tournament series which brings together those finishing 126-200 on the FedEx Cup with the top 75 earners from the secondary Tour.

A mini money list of cumulative earnings over the four events will determine the 25 players to advance with the top 25 earners from the Web.com regular season already assured a card.

Jones has returned rounds of 68-67 to be 7-under for the week as American Robert Streb leads alone on 9-under.

Another American, Kramer Hickok, is outright second on 8-under with Jones one of four players at minus seven.

It was a relatively uneventful round for Jones with four birdies against a lone bogey but Luck’s path to his 2-under 69 was more adventurous.

Starting his round at the 10thtee Luck managed just three pars on the outward half, notching five birdies and a double bogey to turn 3-under.

One birdie and two bogeys on the inward half added up to a 2-under total and while he will be looking for more consistency over the weekend it is a solid start.

Cameron Davis, Rhein Gibson and Aaron Baddeley are the only other Australians to qualify for the weekend, Davis 2-under and T34, Gibson 1-under and T40 and Baddeley 1-over and T63.

Cameron Percy, Brett Drewitt, John Senden and Stuart Appleby all missed the cut.


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