The Honda Classic R1

Matt Jones ties course record to take the lead in Florida

Honda Classic 2021 R1
March 11-14
PGA National (Champion), Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
$7,000,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


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Matt Jones tied the course record set by Brian Harman in 2012 at PGA National with a bogey-free 9-under 61 to take a three-shot lead on a windy day in Florida.



“I play golf for a living,” said Jones. “I mean, I should be able to shoot a good golf score occasionally. It doesn’t happen as much as I want. But yes, I’m very happy with it. I was very calm, I was very relaxed out there. I’m normally a bit more amped-up and hyped-up and I had a different goal this week, to be a little more calm than normally and walk slower.”

“I was just managing the golf course and hitting good shots.”




Jones has won once on the PGA Tour, at the 2014 Houston Open, and has failed to make the cut in a major since the 2016 Open Championshop. His highest finish at The Honda so far was a tie for fourth in 2008.

“That’s an incredible round of golf,” said Lee Westwood (70). “Could be the round of the year, 61 around here, when it’s flat calm, impressive. But when there’s a 15-, 20-mile-an-hour wind blowing, greens are fast, a lot of crosswinds, that’s an incredible round of golf.”



Aaron Wise and Russell Henley shot the next best score, 64, since Rory McIlroy and Russell Knox shot 63s in 2014.


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Graeme McDowell on the other hand made quadruple bogey at the 15th and double bogey at the 17th for a 9-over 79.

“It’s just so hard, so tricky,” said Lowry. “There’s a lot of disaster holes.”



Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Matt Jones
-9
61
T2
Russell Henley *
-6
64
T2
Aaron Wise
-6
64
T4
Joseph Bramlett
-4
66
T4
Kevin Chappell
-4
66
T4
Cameron Davis *
-4
66
T4
Scott Harrington *
-4
66
T4
Steve Stricker
-4
66
T9
William Gordon *
-3
67
T9
Zach Johnson *
-3
67
T9
Shane Lowry *
-3
67
T9
Cheng Tsung Pan *
-3
67
T9
Chase Seiffert
-3
67
T9
Cameron Tringale
-3
67
T15
Jason Dufner
-2
68
T15
Harry Higgs *
-2
68
T15
Mark Hubbard *
-2
68
T15
Mackenzie Hughes
-2
68
T15
John Huh *
-2
68
T15
Sungjae Im
-2
68
T15
Chris Kirk
-2
68
T15
Nate Lashley
-2
68
T15
Adam Long
-2
68
T15
Denny McCarthy
-2
68
T15
Sepp Straka *
-2
68
T15
D.J. Trahan *
-2
68
T27
Keegan Bradley
-1
69
T27
Bronson Burgoon
-1
69
T27
Brandon Hagy
-1
69
T27
J.B. Holmes
-1
69
T27
Chase Koepka *
-1
69
T27
William McGirt *
-1
69
T27
Keith Mitchell
-1
69
T27
Joaquin Niemann *
-1
69
T27
Cameron Percy *
-1
69
T27
Sam Ryder *
-1
69
T27
Adam Scott *
-1
69
T27
Robert Streb *
-1
69
T27
Kevin Streelman *
-1
69
T27
Camilo Villegas
-1
69
T27
Jimmy Walker *
-1
69
T27
Richy Werenski
-1
69
T43
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
E
70
T43
Ryan Armour
E
70
T43
Rafael Campos
E
70
T43
Wyndham Clark
E
70
T43
Erik Compton *
E
70
T43
Rickie Fowler
E
70
T43
Jim Furyk *
E
70
T43
Lucas Herbert
E
70
T43
Jim Herman
E
70
T43
Russell Knox *
E
70
T43
Satoshi Kodaira
E
70
T43
Tyler McCumber *
E
70
T43
Matthew NeSmith
E
70
T43
Seung-Yul Noh
E
70
T43
Ted Potter, Jr. *
E
70
T43
Chez Reavie
E
70
T43
Patrick Rodgers
E
70
T43
Charl Schwartzel
E
70
T43
Lee Westwood
E
70
T43
Erik van Rooyen
E
70
T63
Scott Brown *
1
71
T63
Stewart Cink *
1
71
T63
Brice Garnett *
1
71
T63
Brian Gay
1
71
T63
Lucas Glover
1
71
T63
Bo Hoag *
1
71
T63
Beau Hossler
1
71
T63
Patton Kizzire
1
71
T63
Kelly Kraft
1
71
T63
Phil Mickelson *
1
71
T63
Alex Noren
1
71
T63
Henrik Norlander
1
71
T63
Ian Poulter *
1
71
T63
Roger Sloan *
1
71
T63
Stephen Stallings Jr. *
1
71
T63
Michael Thompson *
1
71
T63
Harold Varner III *
1
71
T63
Jhonattan Vegas
1
71
T63
Xinjun Zhang
1
71
T82
Byeong Hun An *
2
72
T82
Doug Ghim *
2
72
T82
Michael Gligic *
2
72
T82
Talor Gooch *
2
72
T82
Adam Hadwin
2
72
T82
Padraig Harrington *
2
72
T82
Anirban Lahiri *
2
72
T82
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
2
72
T82
Ryan Moore
2
72
T82
Pat Perez *
2
72
T82
Adam Schenk
2
72
T82
Hudson Swafford
2
72
T82
Nick Taylor *
2
72
T82
Martin Trainer
2
72
T96
K.J. Choi *
3
73
T96
David Hearn
3
73
T96
Brendan Steele *
3
73
T96
Kris Ventura *
3
73
T96
Vincent Whaley *
3
73
T101
Wesley Bryan
4
74
T101
Austin Cook
4
74
T101
Tyler Duncan *
4
74
T101
Rhein Gibson
4
74
T101
Chesson Hadley *
4
74
T101
Tom Hoge *
4
74
T101
Michael Kim
4
74
T101
Tom Lewis *
4
74
T101
Troy Merritt *
4
74
T101
J.T. Poston
4
74
T101
Robby Shelton *
4
74
T101
Vijay Singh
4
74
T101
J.J. Spaun *
4
74
T101
Scott Stallings
4
74
T101
Matt Wallace *
4
74
T101
Brandon Wu *
4
74
T117
Rafa Cabrera Bello *
5
75
T117
Sebastian Cappelen *
5
75
T117
Dylan Frittelli
5
75
T117
Hank Lebioda *
5
75
T117
Luke List
5
75
T117
Peter Malnati
5
75
T117
Alan Morin *
5
75
T117
Rob Oppenheim *
5
75
T125
Luke Donald *
6
76
T125
Sung Kang *
6
76
T125
Maverick McNealy *
6
76
T125
Grayson Murray *
6
76
T125
Bo Van Pelt
6
76
T130
Martin Kaymer
7
77
T130
Hunter Mahan *
7
77
T130
Marcelo Rozo
7
77
T130
Vaughn Taylor
7
77
T130
Zach Zaback
7
77
T135
Ryo Ishikawa
8
78
T135
Jamie Lovemark *
8
78
T135
Henrik Stenson
8
78
T138
Andrew Landry *
9
79
T138
Graeme McDowell *
9
79
T138
Rory Sabbatini
9
79
T138
Brian Stuard *
9
79
142
Kamaiu Johnson
11
81
WD
James Hahn
E
WD
Sean O’Hair
E
* Player started on the back nine
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