Matt Jones leads after astonishing first lap

The Australian is leading the Honda Classic alone after a day in which he finished with 61 strokes, nine under par, and leads Wise and Henley in three impacts.


Australian Matt Jones leads The Honda Classic tournament by three strokes by completing the first round on Thursday with a total of 61 (-9), and in his wake were the Americans Aaron Wise and Russell Henley.

Jones, 40, registered four consecutive birdies from the second hole on his tour of the PGA National Campions Course, in Palm Beach Gardens (Florida) and added two more on the 11th and 13th. He closed his journey with three Followed birdies.

"I had a great start, I felt confident in every shot from the tee to the green and the ball rolled very well throughout the day," said Jones at the end of his participation.

Wise and Henley left cards of 64 strokes (-6), while their compatriots Scott Harrington, Kevin Chappell, Steve Striker and Joseph Bramlett along with Australian Cameron Davis, closed the day with 66 strokes (-4) .

The Colombian Camilo Villegas and the Chilean Joaquín Niemann concluded with the same 69 blows (-1) that left them in 26th place alongside 16 other rivals.

The Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas and the Puerto Rican Rafael Campos finished with 71 (+1) and lie in position 61 along with 18 more participants.

Another Colombian, Marcelo Rozo, and the Spanish Rafael Cabrera completed a discreet day with 76 strokes (+5) that relegated them to 117th place along with seven other players.

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