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Matt Jones condemns his PGA Tour ban

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Matt Jones condemns his PGA Tour ban

Matt Jones has condemned the PGA Tour’s ban on him and different ‘insurgent’ golfers, insisting the “disappointing” choice will not cease the momentum of Greg Norman’s breakaway collection.

Jones, Australia’s main participant within the controversial Saudi-backed tournaments, reckons even when he by no means competes in one other PGA Tour occasion once more, he’d be completely happy merely embarking on his “nice” new journey.

As he performed within the launch LIV Golf Invitational occasion on the Centurion Membership, north of London, on Thursday, Jones, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, had no concept of the dramas unfolding off the course.

Half an hour after he teed off, the PGA Tour, on which he is earned $17.3 million, introduced he was amongst 17 members who could be suspended as a result of they’d competed at Centurion.

Jones was nonetheless unaware of the information when AAP broke it to him after he’d simply completed his spherical, however the laid-back 42-year-old merely smiled and there was no method it was going to place a dampener on his day.

“It isn’t a shock, it is not a shock,” he shrugged.

“However I do not assume it is good for anybody – it is not good for golf, not good for the PGA Tour and it is not good for us as unbiased contractors to be instructed the place to play and when to play.

“It is their transfer, they’re taking that call and we’ll see what occurs.

“This new collection is barely rising, this isn’t getting smaller. There’s many extra gamers coming and that is solely gonna develop.

“There is a good area right here this week, a variety of nice gamers, but when it is the case (that I do not play once more) and it is the way in which they need to go about it, I am positive like me, everybody right here is more than pleased to play on this LIV Golf collection for the remainder of this 12 months.”

Jones has performed 364 occasions on the US-based PGA Tour and has been a daily on the circuit for 15 years.

Requested to ponder the concept he may need performed his final occasion, he stated: “That may be disappointing however I did come to this collection and this event with the understanding that this could possibly be the case.

“And I am more than pleased to remain right here and play these (LIV) occasions. All the pieces’s nice, the ambiance’s nice, the workers, the gamers – and so they’re solely going to get higher.

“The followers have been superb at the moment. We turned up and there was a really thrilling vibe on the market.

“I used to be very stunned, I wasn’t actually positive what to anticipate to be trustworthy, however there was a superb little ambiance out right here at the moment.”

Just one factor hadn’t modified for Jones – his current poor run of kind with three missed cuts in his final 4 occasions.

He shot a four-over par 74 at Centurion, however a minimum of he will not have to fret about lacking one other lower in LIV’s truncated, three-round format.

“Simply one other typical day on the golf course for me recently – did not make any putts and hit it fairly poor in spurts and fairly good in different spurts,” he shrugged.

“However even when I did not play good golf at the moment, I nonetheless loved the entire expertise.

“We have had a good time to this point. It is refreshing, one thing enjoyable, one thing new for us, however smartest thing we nonetheless exit and get to play golf.”

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