HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – It’s been almost a year since Matt Jones won the Shell Houston Open in dramatic fashion over Matt Kuchar.
For those who watched it, the images of Jones pitch-shot winner from beyond the bunker won’t soon go away. Jones also sunk a 46-yard birdie on the final hole in regulation to give himself a chance at the playoff.
“I’d love to know the statistical chances of me holing that putt and that chip back to back to win a golf tournament,” Jones said. “The odds of that happening are probably one in a trillion.”
But it happened. And as Jones came back Monday to the scene of where it all happened, the memories were still vivid.
“Great memories,” Jones said. “You think about the chip. You think about the putt. I think about walking through these doors with the trophy, doing all the media interviews after the round, and the fact that you got to win on the PGA Tour and got a chance to play at Augusta. They’re all memories that, when I walked through these doors, they came back to me.”
It was the chip shot to win the playoff, though, that will stick out forever.
“It was phenomenal to hear the crowd roar,” Jones said. “I actually said to the rules official I hurt my shoulders when I fist pumped because I never fist pumped that hard before in my life because I’m not huge in celebrations. But to have the crowd roar like that when that chip (went down), to win a gold tournament that way is something I’ll never forget.”
The week of festivities for this year’s Shell Houston Open will go from March 30 to April 5.