PGA TOUR 2021 - Honda Classic at PGA National - Round One
Matt Jones Ties Course Record with 61, Leads by Three
From the Daily Wrap-up:
Matt Jones' opening round at The Honda Classic was remarkable.
He was remarkably unimpressed.
Jones tied the course record Thursday on a typically windy day at PGA National with a bogey-free 9-under 61 giving him a three-shot lead. He matched the mark set by Brian Harman in the second round in 2012, and was one shot better than the final-round 62 that Tiger Woods posted that year.
"That's an incredible round of golf," said Lee Westwood, who opened with an even-par 70. "Could be the round of the year, 61 around here, when it's flat calm, impressive. But when there's a 15-, 20-mile-an-hour wind blowing, greens are fast, a lot of crosswinds, that's an incredible round of golf."
All told, there have been roughly 6,000 tournament rounds at The Honda Classic since it moved to PGA National in 2007. None was better than the one Thursday from Jones.
He seemed most unfazed afterward. More at the Daily Wrap-up
Matt Jones' press interview after Round One is at this link.
Originally from Sydney, Matt Jones has won the Emirates Australian Open twice, in 2015 and 2019.
Other Aussies did not do too badly either.
From Ian Chadband, AAP:
Fellow Australian Cameron Davis also had a great day out, a four-under 66 leaving the 2017 Australian Open champion in a tie for fourth. Adam Scott and Cameron Percy both shot 69s, with Lucas Herbert also one under through 12 holes of his opening round.