Date: December 03, 2010
Author: John Greco at the Lakes, Sportal

Jones finds his swing

US PGA Tour regular Matt Jones has credited a late swing adjustment on the practice range just before his second round as the catalyst behind his course record 64 at the Australian Open on Friday. Jones will head into the weekend just one shot behind leader Geoff Ogilvy thanks to a sizzling bogey-free eight-under round at The Lakes Golf Club. The Arizona-based 30-year-old had no trouble dealing with the increasing winds in the afternoon as he hit four birdies on both the front and back nine to be right in contention heading into the weekend. And Jones, who grew up playing at the nearby Australian Golf Club, revealed a small tweak to his swing moments before he teed off was the reason behind his record-breaking score. “I had a good day. I hit it well. I actually worked on the range before I played with my coach and we figured something out and went out there and used it and played well,” said Jones, who has played the last three years on the US Tour. “I made a few putts, made a couple of good par-saving putts to keep the round going, so if I don&apost make them who knows what happens.” “But it was good out there, I played great so I&aposll take it.” Asked what he figured out on the range before his round, Jones said: “It&aposs hard to explain.” “It was just a feeling with my swing just to help me control the ball better in the wind.” It should come as no surprise that he opted to make a late adjustment to his swing, with Jones and Australian-based coach Gary Barter always looking for ways to improve his developing game. The pair are always in constant contact despite living on opposite sides of the globe most of the year. “I email him pretty much every week, email him swings or call him,” he said. “I call him at midnight sometimes, his phone&aposs always accessible, for me anyway, to speak to him about certain things in the golf swing or anything.” “We&aposve always got a plan of where we&aposre going, what we&aposre doing and what we&aposre trying to achieve in my golf swing and he&aposs the best I know at reading my golf swing and knowing what I want out of the golf swing as well.” Sydney-born Jones, who is coming off his best season in the US, pocketing more than $1.2m in prize money with five top-ten finishes in 27 events, ranked Friday&aposs round as one of the best of his career. His reward is a spot alongside Ogilvy in Saturday&aposs final pairing, the first time the pair have ever played in the same group despite a number of years together on the US Tour. “I don&apost think I&aposve ever played with Geoff but I know Geoff well,” Jones said. “We always talk when we&aposre over there (America).” “When I see him in the locker room he&aposs always friendly, he&aposs a good guy so we&aposll have fun tomorrow.” Jones said he is confident he won&apost be overawed at playing in the final group of a major Australian event. “I&aposve played in the last group on the US Tour, I&aposve played in the last group in the last round so it&aposs not a problem at all,” he said.