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. With the Riders looking like a well-oiled

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HUMBLE, Texas -- Matt Jones told his caddy he was about to make a 42-yard chip-in on the first playoff hole at the Houston Open. Paul Kariya Jersey . The Australian did just that on Sunday, earning his first PGA Tour win in spectacular fashion -- and changing his immediate travel plans in the process. Jones, who began the day six shots off the lead, shot a final-round 66 and ended the tournament 15 under to earn his first trip to the Masters with the dramatic win over Matt Kuchar. He earned nearly $1.2 million for the win, also making amends for a disastrous missed putt last September that appeared destined to keep him from playing at Augusta National. Destiny, however, had other plans for the 33-year-old who played collegiately at Arizona State. "Going to Augusta is amazing," Jones said. "The win means everything to me right now because thats what we play for is to win. To have Augusta as a reward for that win is amazing." In September, Jones lipped out an 8-foot birdie putt on the last hole of the BMW Championship -- a putt that would have earned him a trip to next weeks Masters by sending him to the Tour Championship. Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Sask., was the top Canadian. He shot a final round of 2-under 70 to finish the tournament tied for 19th at 5 under. Calgarys Stephen Ames was the only other Canadian to make the cut. He shot 4-over 76 Sunday and finished tied for 74th. After briefly tying Kuchar in the middle of the round on Sunday, Jones chances at redemption for last year appeared finished after he bogeyed the next-to-last hole in regulation. The setback left Jones at 14 under, two shots back of Kuchar. However, Jones -- in the first of his two memorable moments on the 18th -- rolled in a 46-foot putt for birdie. That pulled the Australian within one shot of Kuchar, who was watching his closest challenger from the tee. "I was going to three-putt before I left it short," Jones said. "I didnt care about finishing second or third or fourth; it didnt matter. I was only trying to get the win." Kuchar went on to bogey the final hole of regulation after sending his second shot into the water. That set the stage for the playoff in the soggy conditions at the Golf Club of Houston. Jones sent his tee shot on the first hole of the playoff into the right fairway bunker. He then landed just short of the greenside bunker with his second shot, while Kuchar found the bunker from the fairway. It was the second straight miss of the 18th green from the fairway for Kuchar, who sent his fairway metal on the 72nd hole into the water before recovering to make bogey and reach the playoff. Jones didnt leave Kuchar any room for error in the playoff, sending his chip over the greenside bunker and watching as it rolled in -- causing a roar from the gallery and leaving Jones standing with his arm raised in celebration. "I walked up there and told my caddy I was going to chip it in," Jones said. "... You dont know if its going to lip out, low or high, but when I saw it disappear its probably the happiest Ive been on the golf course." Jones is the second straight Australian to win on the PGA Tour, following Steven Bowditchs win at the Texas Open last week. It was in San Antonio that Kuchar struggled to a final-round 75 while playing in the final pairing with Bowditch. The American began Sunday with a four-shot lead over Sergio Garcia and Cameron Tringale, but he bogeyed the first hole on his way to a disappointing even-par 72 and bitter ending. Kuchar had a chance to match Jones chip-in, but his bunker shot came up short. "Certainly fantastic stuff (by Jones) to birdie 18 twice," Kuchar said. "Thats probably the hardest hole on the golf course, and for him to put two 3s is pretty impressive stuff." Golfers were sent off in threesomes early Sunday morning for the second day in a row because of the threat of strong storms in the Houston area. The rain, heavy at times, began early during the final pairings round, but the pros finished without any delays. The playoff opening was all that was need for Jones, whose previous best finish on the PGA Tour was a tie for second at last years Greenbrier Classic. It also resulted in an unexpected visit to next weeks Masters, a tournament Jones said he wouldnt visit unless he earned his way there. "I was going home to play with my 2-year-old and 3-week-old," Jones said. "So, bit of a change now that I think theyll be on a plane to Augusta as well. Weve got to find a house." Garcia finished in third at 13 under, while Tringale was fourth at 12 under. Rory McIlroy matched the low round of the tournament with a 7-under 65 on Sunday, finishing tied for seventh at 8 under overall. Phil Mickelson, who won the tournament in 2011, was 1 under on Sunday and finished 7 under overall in a tie for 12th -- a week after he was forced to withdraw from the Texas Open because of a muscle pull in his right side. Scott Stevens Jersey . -- Lindsey Vonn squeezed in a little freeskiing on Thanksgiving morning, a step in the right direction for a return to racing after reinjuring her right knee in a recent training crash. Cheap Blues Jerseys .Y. - Alex Rodriguez paid $305,000 for evidence that could be used in the case involving the Biogenesis of America drug clinic, the Daily News reported Saturday. https://www.cheapblues.com/1064z-marty-reasoner-jersey-blues.html . The CFL club is making the move after holding its camp and regular-season practices at the University of Toronto campus in Mississauga, Ont.Kory Sheets plays a pass-first sport in an even more pass-first league. But his steadily spectacular production through the first half of this season is allowing the Saskatchewan Roughriders to think run. Sheets became the fastest CFL player ever to reach 1,000 yards rushing, eclipsing the mark during Saskatchewans Week 9 win over the Edmonton Eskimos. The sophomore imports 1,058 yards through eight games has him on pace to break the leagues single season rushing record of 2,065, set by Mike Pringle of the Montreal Alouettes in 1998. Sheets is averaging 132.25 yards per game to start the season, and if he keeps it up, will shatter Pringles mark by 315 yards. And theres every reason to believe he can. Sheets numbers arent inflated by one giant performance. In seven of the teams eight games, the 28-year-old has rushed for 130 or more yards, and only once has he gone for more than 140 yards. Sheets is as steady as it gets. The Riders should continue to feed him the ball as well. Sheets leads the league in rushing attempts with 175, a healthy margin over the second place Jon Cornish with 108. Sheets has had the benefit of a 7-1 record and at least a few blowouts to pad his stats with late game runs to kill the cclock, but the Darian Durant-Drew Willy combo ranks among the leaders in passing attempts, so it isnt fair to say Sheets opportunity will decrease drastically should the teams competition get stiffer in the second half. Rod BrindAmour Jersey. . Unless the Riders struggle mightily to finish out the season, they should be able to maintain their current balance of run and pass. Sheets current lead for the rushing title sits at more than 300 yards, and while Cornish (currently in second with 749 yards) is capable of producing a remarkable run if healthy Sheets has it all but wrapped up. The focus now is Pringles 2,065 yards. With the Riders looking like a well-oiled machine comfortable using the Purdue product more than any other back in the league, that mark looks very attainable. Sheets biggest road block to the record could be if the Riders keep winning and he gets the late season rest treatment ahead of the playoffs. The CFL loves a record breaker and it looks like theyll have another one come November, or even late October. The Rouge asks: Will Kory Sheets break the single season CFL rushing record this year? Youve heard what weve had to say, now its your turn. As always, its Your! Call. ' ' '

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