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  • Jones wins Shell Houston Open after stunning finish

  • Matt Jones points skyward after holing a 46-foot birdie putt at the 18th hole. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Matt Jones points skyward after holing a 46-foot birdie putt at the 18th hole. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

HUMBLE, Texas -- Matt Jones holed a 46-foot birdie putt and a 42-yard chip shot on the Shell Houston Open's final two holes to earn his first PGA TOUR victory.

Jones' chip-in came on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff with Matt Kuchar. Jones won after Kuchar was unable to hole out from the greenside bunker at No. 18, site of the playoff's first hole.

Jones (66) and Kuchar (72) both finished at 15-under 273. Jones, who played in Sunday's second-to-last group, was two shots behind after driving into a hazard on the 17th hole, but holed a lengthy birdie putt on No. 18. Kuchar still had a one-shot lead as he stood in the 18th fairway, but hit his 214-yard approach shot into water left of the green. He got up-and-down from 64 yards to force a playoff. 

Jones' drive on the first playoff hole went into a fairway bunker, while Kuchar hit the fairway. Both players hit their approach shots right of the green.

The victory is the first of Jones' career. He finished 32nd in the 2013 FedExCup, lipping out a 6-foot putt on the final hole of the BMW Championship that cost him a spot in the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. Players who advance to the TOUR Championship earn invitations to the Masters.

Jones made amends for that near-miss with his Shell Houston Open victory. Winning in Houston is a player's last opportunity to qualify for the Masters. This will be Jones' Masters debut.

This is the second consecutive week that Kuchar led on the back nine Sunday but lost to a winless Australian. Steven Bowidtch was tied with Kuchar with nine holes remaining in last week's Valero Texas Open before winning his first PGA TOUR title.

Matt Jones' chip-in to win playoff at Shell Houston Open
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    Matt Jones' chip-in to win playoff at Shell Houston Open

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