Jones fires record 64 to lead NSW Open

Victorian Steve Jones has claimed the Mazda NSW Open lead after shooting a course record round at Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club today.

Playing in the morning field, Jones capitalised on the scoring conditions to fire an 8-under 64 to lead by one heading into the second round.

Steve Jones Steve Jones (Credit: Anthony Powter)

“Any time you go really low it feels good.” said Jones. “I wanted to get off to a really good start; the conditions were pretty benign out there.”

“I was mindful of how the conditions are going to be tomorrow. I think it might be windy and pretty hot.”

Jones, renowned as one of the longest hitters on the PGA Tour of Australasia, took advantage of the wide open fairways designed by Greg Norman at Stonecutters Ridge.

“I think that the course suits me this week. It’s very open off the tee which suits me because I can spray it a little bit,” added Jones.

Jones has been in good form having also led the John Hughes Nexus Risk Services WA Open Championship after the first round and believes he is close to breaking through for a win.

“I feel like I have been knocking on the door for a few years, I have been a Pro for eight years now,” added Jones. “My game feels good, I just have to get out of my own way to use all those mental clichés.”

Sitting a shot behind Jones is Web.com Tour player James Nitties and 19-year-old amateur Justin Warren who Monday qualified for the NSW Open for the second consecutive year.

Showing that talent runs in the family Warren is the grandson of Barry, the 1957 Australian Amateur Champion.

At 6-under New Zealander Josh Geary is outright fourth after the first round while a shot further back and rounding out the top-5 are Nathan Green and Daniel Fox.

The second round of the Mazda NSW Open tees off at 6.45am tomorrow with Steve Jones on course at 12.05pm.

Spectators are welcome and entry is free.