Matt Jones starts quest for Masters invite

Australian Open champion Matt Jones got back to work last week following a lengthy break after his gritty one-stroke victory over Jordan Spieth at The Australian Golf Club in November.

A tied 34th result at the Careerbuilder Challenge in Palm Springs on the weekend was an encouraging, and necessary, start to a year that Jones wishes to punctuate with greater honours.

Matt Jones Matt Jones is looking to build on his Australian Open success this year (Credit: Anthony Powter)

If you remember, one of the catalysts for Jones entering the Australian Open was to earn qualification for the 2016 Open Championship at Royal Troon – with the highest three placegetters not already qualified earning a spot.

All week, Jones made no bones about the fact that he was not qualified for any of the 2016 majors at that time and by going on to claim victory, the 35-year old almost earned two Majors invitations with the sizeable boost to his Official World Golf Ranking that followed.

His Open Championship spot is sewn up but by finishing at No. 54 at year’s end, Jones narrowly missed out on an invitation to The Masters afforded those inside the Top-50.

Jones now has a few avenues available to him to ensure his place at Augusta: the most obvious being to win a tournament; or to ensure that he finishes inside the top-50 in the rankings the week prior to The Masters.

Following the Careerbuilder Challenge, Jones sits right on the cusp at No.56.

With any continuation of the form he displayed at The Australian over the coming months however, we can consider it a lay down misère that he’ll be driving down Magnolia Lane in April.