Date: March 01, 2008

Jones stays in touch

Australian Matt Jones lies just one stroke behind leader Brian Davis heading into the third round of the Honda Classic at PGA National Resort & Spa. Jones fired a 67 to move into outright second spot at seven-under with Davis shooting the same score. American Dudley Hart is third at six-under after a four-under 66, while Ben Crane (66) and John Mallinger (67) are tied for fourth a stroke further back. Overnight leader Luke Donald struggled with a 74 – including a quadruple bogey on the 14th – to slip into a tie for 12th at two-under. Robert Allenby is in a group of six players, including Ernie Els and Mark Calcavecchia, five shots behind Davis. Starting on the back nine, Jones had a poor start with a bogey on the 11th but rebounded strongly to post a birdie on the next hole. Jones parred the next six holes before further birdies on the 1st, 3rd and 5th kept him in striking distance of a tournament victory. “It has been the big difference the first two rounds,” Jones said of his putting. “I&aposm hitting my iron shots fine, but I&aposm struggling with my tee shots a little bit. If I can keep it going with the putter, I&aposll be happy the rest of the week.” Davis leads at the halfway stage of a PGA Tour tournament for the first time in his career and is hoping his experience in Europe will hold him in good stead down the stretch. “I&aposve won a couple times in Europe and I&aposve won Q-school here, I know what it is going to take to win,” Davis said. “We&aposve got a long way to go yet and there&aposs a lot of good players around the top of the leaderboard.”