Consistent Jones gets a shot at big cash in China

Sydneysider Matt Jones gets a shot at some major cash in China next week, thanks to a change in conditions for this year’s $9.5m HSBC Champions World Golf event to be played in Shanghai.

Jones and fellow consistent performers Daniel Summerhayes and Justin Thomas will all now head for China for one of the richest events of the year, thanks to the change in qualifying for the November 5-8 event.

Matt Jones Australia’s Matt Jones (Credit: Anthony Powter)

In previous years this World Golf Championship event placed more emphasis on winning, taking 20 winners from US PGA Tour events along with 10 winners from the European Tour and winners from other tours around the world as well.

The final category for qualifying was a top 50 in the world rankings.

But this year organisers decided to move the world ranking up to No. 3 in the order of criteria to get into the event.

That was followed by the top 30 from the FedEx Cup with at least five players required to come from the FedEx Cup list, even if that meant taking players from lower than 30th place.

Only two players who made it to the Tour Championship, Steve Bowditch and Harris English, were not in the top 50 in the world.

That meant Summerhays (31), Thomas (32) and Jones (33) were next in line and were subsequently guaranteed a place in the field at the Sheshan International course to play for the massive purse and the big ranking points on offer.