Matt Jones
39-Year-Old Golfer
2018–19 Fantasy Outlook
Now 38 years of age, Jones appears to be tapering off after his career peaked between 2013-2016. The last three seasons he's failed to notch a single top-10 finish, but has found a way to keep his PGA Tour card. Now on the downhill slope of his career, the Aussie should be avoided in most formats given his limited upside. Read Past Outlooks
Great driving week at Valspar
March 25, 2019
Jones closed with a one-over 72 on Sunday at the Valspar Championship and took home a share of 13th place.
The key this week for the Aussie was his driving, as he ranked second in SG: Off-the-tee. Jones' short game was also of not, placing sixth in SG: Around and 15th in SG: Putting. He has now made the cut in five consecutive PGA Tour starts, bookending that streak with T13 finishes. Jones will play the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship next week. He finished T28 in last year's edition.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Jones missed just 8 of 20 cuts on the PGA Tour throughout the 2016-17 season, but failed to record a single top-10 and ultimately needed to finish top-25 at the Tour finals in order to retain his card. Jones' short game has been top-notch, ranking second in SG: Around-the-Green and 25th in sand-save percentage, but he finished the season at just 159th in GIR percentage. Jones experienced his worst campaign since 2012, having earned just $510,622 in 20 starts.
Jones has the dubious distinction of finishing 126th on both the FedEx Cup Points List and the money list, when just a couple more points or dollars would have gotten him a PGA Tour card for next season. Now after a missed cut in the last regular-season event of the year at the Wyndham Championship, the former Shell Houston Open winner has an uncertain schedule and some time to fix a game that left his strokes gained ranks of 102nd tee to green, 155th in approach to the green and 159th in putting.
Jones spent most of his first five years on the PGA Tour on the outside looking in. In fact, he ended up within two spots of that magical 125th spot three of those five years, but he seemed to figure it out in 2013 and now he appears to be on the right track. Last season he set a career-high in earnings, but there's still room to grow here. It's always risky taking a guy who's coming off a career-high in earnings, but Jones could be worth the risk this year. In draft leagues he could go as early as the 4th round.
Jones is one of those guys thought to have a lot of potential, but for the most part, he's failed to live up to it. He played some good golf at the end of last season however and that could be a sign of things to come. Jones has a lot of upside, even at this price, so he's worth a look in salary cap leagues. In draft leagues you could justify a pick in the high-40s, but considering his lack of name recognition, you could probably get him in the late-50s.
Jones is a talented golfer but didn't have equivalent results his first two years on the PGA TOUR. Last year was different, however, as he found refuge safely inside the top 125, finishing 72nd on the money list. The future looks bright for Jones, and he'll be hard to pass up at a good price. Jones is fairly long off the tee, but his accuracy is horrible. If he can improve that measure, everything should fall into place. He proved he could putt last year when he ranked 26th in putts per green on the PGA TOUR.
This will be third straight year for Jones to be a part of the PGA Tour. He was a full member in 2008 and had conditional status in 2009. Jones was able to regain full membership in 2010 via Q School. This Aussie can play and will benefit from his efforts over the last two years.
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T13 at Torrey Pines
January 28, 2019
Jones closed with a round of five-under 67 on Sunday at the Farmers Insurance Open to put himself in a tie for 13th place.
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T29 at Sony Open
January 14, 2019
Jones closed with a two-under 68 on Sunday at the Sony Open to finish in a tie for 29th place.
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Top-15 finish at TPC Deere Run
July 16, 2018
Jones shot a disappointing one-over 72 in the final round to fall into a tie for 12th place at the John Deere Classic.
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T19 result at Travelers Championship
June 25, 2018
Jones shot an up and down even-par 70 in the final round of the Travelers Championship to finish in a tie for 19th place.
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Falls outside top-50 after 73 on Sunday
June 11, 2018
Jones stumbled to a three-over 73 in the final round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic to finish in a tie for 51st place.
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