Matt Jones staying positive at Disney


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – If the waiting was wearing on Matt Jones, it wasn’t showing.

As the clock to the 2009 season quickly turns to midnight, Jones’ fortunes are currently in the hands of others. At 129th in earnings he’s facing another trip to Q-School and to complicate things he’s currently on the wrong side of the Children’s Miracle Network Classic’s VIP list.

The Aussie is the first alternate into the CMN field, yet late Tuesday as the first round of the last event inched closer Jones was not lamenting his status.

“The washout (at the Viking Classic) hurt, but I had my chances at Grayhawk ( Open). I had all season,” Jones said. “When they say every shot counts, they really mean it.”

So far there has been just a single withdrawal this week, Vaughn Taylor, and Jones said he hadn’t heard of any player that might not start. He also admitted that a trip to next month’s final stage of Q-School was not a complete disaster.

“It would be nice to stay in America and have an off-season for once,” he said. “I could get my card at Q-School, take a few weeks off and be fresh for the West Coast.”

Jones may not get into the CMN field, but he certainly has the mandatory “half-full” Disney outlook for a tournament played at “The happiest place on earth.”