‘Anything Can Happen’: Honda Classic 2021 Leader Matt Jones Cautious Ahead of Round 4 Challenge

Published 03/21/2021, 6:29 AM EDT
Mar 19, 2021; Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA; Matt Jones plays his shot from the rough on the 1st hole during the second round of The Honda Classic golf tournament at PGA National (Champion). Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


The Honda Classic 2021 is headed into a thrilling finish after three days of scintillating action. As we wait for the tournament’s Sunday to unfold, here’s a gist of what 54-hole leader Matt Jones mentioned in his quick interview after Round 3. 

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Jones, who turns 41 in April, is looking to clinch his second PGA Tour victory at The Honda Classic 2021 by holding on to his lead. He is currently carrying a three-stroke lead after Round 3’s 1-under 69 and recently revealed the most difficult part of the course from his viewpoint. 

“I’d say putting. These greens are very very fast. There’s down grain into the grain but they’re very there you can see there’s little imperfect perfections on them and the ball just sits right on top of the grass and it just can have a little bounce here and there when especially with the wind that makes it even more difficult,” Jones mentioned. 

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Mar 20, 2021; Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA; Matt Jones putts on the 18th green during the third round of The Honda Classic golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Furthermore, the PGA National Golf Club is an unforgiving layout. On top of that, the players had to deal with a gush of wind hindering their tee-shots on Saturday at the Jack Nicklaus re-designed course. It was never an ideal situation. 

Matt Jones is eyeing victory at The Honda Classic 2021

Matt Jones was one of the very few who performed well on a windy Saturday. While C.T. Pan topped the Round 3 leaderboard with a 5-under 65, Jones’ 1-under par was enough to vault him atop the overall leaderboard. 

However, the Australian does not want to get too ahead of himself despite holding a three-stroke lead heading into the final round. There is always a possibility of a wild finish at the Honda Classic. 

“I think there’s always that potential out here. Doesn’t matter how big your lead is or how small your lead is, anything can happen, and not just this golf course, it happens every week out here. So we’ll see what happens,” Jones stated. 

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Furthermore, Matt Jones will enter Sunday as the tournament’s sole 54-leader, which is happening for the first time in his PGA Tour career. Considering that the Aussie has a lot of expertise in the sport, he is the favorite to win The Honda Classic 2021. 

“You have to go hit the ball and keep it down, so I’m used to that. It’s good coming from Australia because we grew up in a lot of wind. I’ve got 30-36 years of experience playing in the wind,” he said. 

Matt Jones is closely watched by J.B. Holmes and Aaron Wise, who are tied for the second place. But it is impossible to predict an outright winner in a situation like this, especially at the layout like the PGA National Golf Club.

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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