Matt Jones enjoyed a comfortable back nine to win the Honda Classic title in Florida. Jone’s task was made much easier by Aaron Wise who was within a shot off the leader at the turn. Wise triple-bogeyed the 10th including four putts from 40 feet. None of the other overnight leaders could sustain their challenge leaving Jones to breeze through the back nine. He completed the back nine with three birdies and two bogeys to finish with a tidy 12 under par for the tournament.
“That’s the best I’ve hit it from tee to green for, ever,” Jones said. “And to be able to do it on this golf course is amazing. I mean, you have to do it out here to have a chance and I did it.”
“I played great. Daniel Berger said it right when he said winning a golf tournament is like having a heart attack every hole. I think that the heart attack was out there from my very first tee shot, but I just managed it. I was pretty calm all day and I would say I just played well. It didn’t turn anywhere, I just managed the golf course.” he added.
Brandon Hagy finished as the runner up who was a late addition to the tournament as the sixth alternate after the withdrawal of Kramer Hickok. It proved the decision to make the trip was well worth it when a birdie, birdie finish sealed an outright second earning $763,000.