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Matt Jones wants PGA encore

AAP logoAAP 27/07/2016 Ashton Hudson

Australian Open champion Matt Jones is hoping the good vibes from his last PGA Championship performance return as he fights to retain full playing privileges on the US PGA Tour for next season.

Jones, a winner on the US tour in 2014, sees his two-year exemption expire this season and with just four events to go sits 124th on the season-long points list.

The top 125 qualify for the playoffs and return to the Tour for another year.

Despite being without a top 10 result in 2016, the Sydneysider is hopeful of a repeat of 2015, where he held the 36-hole lead at Whistling Straits.

Baltusrol might be a completely different venue but Jones craves another chance at the top of a major because he feels next time around he would handle it better.

Last year he faded to 21st while compatriot Jason Day surged to victory.

Given Jones held off Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott a few months later in the Australian Open it is not unreasonable to believe him.

"It was good to be in that position but I've got to find a way to do it again and again to get more chances," Jones said.

Pinpointing the reasons for his struggles this year are not hard. The 36-year-old is ranked a dismal 194th on tour in putting.

"When you're not putting well it bleeds into other parts of your game," he said.

"You feel a need to be more aggressive to hit it closer but then you can miss greens and that's a tough combination.

"It all comes down to putting on this tour. The best putters are the best players in the world."

Jones remains hopeful of a turnaround with the flatstick and knows every made cut gets him closer to securing his status.

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