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Jones edges Spieth, Scott for Australian Open title

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This time, there was to be no amazing final round for Jordan Spieth, no Australian Open title to serve as a springboard for the following year. Australian Matt Jones didn't make it easy on himself, not with a triple bogey that brought several players back into contention, but in the end he made the shots and the putts that he had to and hung on to win his country's national Open. Here's how things unfolded Down Under in Sydney:

Leaderboard: Matt Jones (-9), Adam Scott (-7), Jordan Spieth (-7), Rod Pampling (-6), Nick Cullen (-3), Lincoln Tighe (-3)

What it means: With the win Jones, who won the Shell Houston Open earlier this year for his first PGA Tour victory, qualifies for this year's Open Championship, as did Cullen and Pampling.

Round of the day: Pampling rocketed near the top of the leaderboard with his course-record 10-under 61. Runner-up to Spieth here last year, Pampling started with a bogey, then made nine birdies across his next 16 holes before slamming in a cross-country eagle putt at the 18th.

Best of the rest: Scott started the day nine shots out of the lead, but he injected himself into the mix with a 6-under 65. The distance control issues he was having earlier with his short  putter were nowhere to be found on Sunday.

Biggest disappointment: Considering Jones played the final round in 2 over, Spieth, who started three shots behind, had to be kicking himself that he couldn't capitalize. But once again his issues on the front nine surfaced, as he turned in 2 over, and he couldn't quite dig himself out of the hole. He had a 12-foot eagle putt that could have tied Jones at the last, but he missed it.

Quote of the Day"I got the job done, but there was a lot of stress and anxious moments." - Jones