1.30 UPDATE Jones hangs tough at The Australian

Matt Jones
Matt Jones leads in the final round of the Emirates Australian Open.

Australian Matt Jones is holding on tight in the final round of the Emirates Australian Open, with Presidents Cup player Marc Leishman making a run.

Jones, 39, the 2015 champion, started out with a three-shot lead and began with three consecutive pars before a mistake at the par-three fourth cost him a shot from the right greenside bunker.

The Sydney product redeemed himself with a nice wedge in close for a birdie at the par-five fifth to push the lead back out to three shots from South African Louis Oosthuizen.

Jones is at 13-under through five holes, and Oosthuizen is 10-under through five.

Leishman is at nine-under alongside American Cameron Tringale and England’s Paul Casey, having picked up birdies at the third and the fifth.

The big Victorian has never won an Australian Open despite a fine overseas record.

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Emirates Australian Open
Pos.CountryPlayer TotalToday
1 AUS M.Jones -15-2
2 RSA L.Oosthuizen -14-5
T3 JPN T.Kanaya -90
T3 AUS A.Pike -9-2
T5 ENG P.Casey -81