One day, Matthew Jones will sit down with his grandchildren and tell them about the time he held off two World No. 1 players to win the Emirate Australian Open.
And how he did it despite giving away six strokes on just three holes on the front nine on Sunday.
Jones’ final round was anything but golden, a 2-over 73 that allowed current No. 1 Jordan Spieth and former No. 1 Adam Scott to both make a charge.
Spieth shot a 71, missing an eagle attempt on No. 18 that could have forced a playoff, while Scott, always a favorite playing on his home continent, shot a 65 on Sunday.
But none of the three were as hot as Rod Pampling, who decided 46 years old was the perfect time for the round of his life. After shooting 71-74-72 on his first three days, Pampling actually bogeyed No. 1o n Sunday, then rattled off seven birdies over the next 12 holes, adding another birdie on 17 and an eagle 3 on No. 18 for a 10-under 61.
The 61 broke Spieth’s course record of 63 set on Thursday.