Fowler and Lovemark trump Jones


Rickie Fowler’s and Jamie Lovemark’s gain with the Viking Classic washout was Matt Jones’ loss.

When the Viking Classic was canceled last week, Fowler and Lovemark were able to get into the season-ending Children’s Miracle Network Classic at Disney World next week using the top-10 exemptions off their finishes at the Open.

The two Disney spots they took using those exemptions helped bump Jones out of the field.

Jones, 129th on the PGA Tour money list, was bumped to second on the alternate list into Disney after Friday’s commitments came in. Jason Gore was bumped to the first alternate.

Every player from 116th to 148th on the PGA Tour money list is in the Children's Miracle Network Classic except for Jones and Stuart Appleby, who chose to play in the Australian Masters. Jones is the only player in that money mix who couldn’t get into the Disney with his status, though he’s hopeful he will get in via the alternate list next week.

After finishing 135th in money last year, Jones has struggled to get into Fall Series events with his conditional status. He was maddeningly on the bubble at 125th on the money list entering the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open three weeks ago but unable to protect his position. His status wasn’t good enough to get him into that event and he fell out of the top 125 that week. He had to Monday qualify to get into the first Fall Series event (Turning Stone Resort Championship) but failed in a bid to get through a Monday qualifier into the Timberlake event.

It’s been a tough year that way for Jones, who has battled through a bad back. He finished 126th in FedEx Cup points, missing out on the playoffs by a measly 10 points.