Jones only just regained his full playing status for the PGA Tour at last week’s Web.Com Tour Championship when finishing 5th and securing 17th place amongst the leading 25 who gained PGA Tour playing rights via the Web.Com Tour Finals.
Jones finished 152nd on the 2017 FedEx Cup points table and as such was facing a bleak future with only the occasional PGA Tour starts likely in 2018 - until last week that is.
Today, the 37 year old continued his recovery from a slow start to this week’s event with a second consecutive round of 68. Starting at the 10th hole he added six birdies and two bogeys and while six shots from 54 hole leader and PGA Tour rookie, Tyler Duncan, he has kept the door open to a great start to his 2018 season.
It has been more than two years since the 2015 Australian Open Champion recorded even a top ten on the PGA Tour so the last two weeks have seen significant improvement in his game.
Duncan has continued to surprise in his first PGA Tour outing as a card holder. Like Jones he gained his PGA Tour card via the recent Web.Com Tour Finals after finishing just outside the top 25 in the regular Web.Com Tour season.
Today Duncan recovered from a slow start to his round when he reached the turn in 1 over but he was home in 2 under for a round of 71 and at 14 under he leads by one over Chesson Hadley, by two over course specialist Brendan Steele and Bud Cauley and by three over Graham DeLaet and Emiliano Grillo.
Phil Mickelson is now just four shots from the lead after his round of 68.
BEN DONEY SPRINKLERHEADS
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