PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Matt Jones tied the course report at PGA Nationwide within the first spherical of the Honda Traditional on Thursday with a 9-under 61.

Brian Harman shot a 61 at PGA Nationwide within the second spherical of the 2012 Honda. Tiger Woods shot a 62 within the ultimate spherical that very same yr. Till Thursday, they have been the one rounds of eight beneath or higher because the occasion moved to PGA Nationwide 15 years in the past.

Jones, an Australian ranked No. 83 on the planet, was flawless with 9 birdies and no bogeys. He strung collectively 4 consecutive birdies on holes 2-5 to seize the early lead, then added birdies on the par-Four 11th and 13th earlier than revving up once more for the end.

He made a 6-footer for birdie on the par-Four 16th, related once more from about 25 ft to birdie the par-Three 17th and 5-footer for the course-record-tying birdie on the par-5 ending gap.

Jones has only one PGA Tour victory, that coming with a chip-in to win a playoff on the 2014 Houston Open. He hasn’t made the lower in a significant because the 2016 Open Championship and has by no means completed higher than tied for fourth on the Honda.

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