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Jones' playoff chip-in wins Houston Open, earns Australian berth at Masters

Matt Kuchar tees off on the 11th hole during the third round of the Houston Open golf tournament on Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Humble, Texas. (AP Photo/The Courier, Andrew Buckley)

Matt Kuchar tees off on the 11th hole during the third round of the Houston Open golf tournament on Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Humble, Texas. (AP Photo/The Courier, Andrew Buckley)  (The Associated Press)

Matt Jones earned his first trip to the Masters with a remarkable 42-yard chip-in on the first playoff hole, outdueling Matt Kuchar on his way to winning the Houston Open.

The win is the first on the PGA Tour for the Australian, who made a 46-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to reach the playoff. He ended it one hole later, chipping over the right front bunker on the 18th and watching it roll in.

Kuchar, who bogeyed the final hole of regulation, then missed his bunker shot to give Jones the win — earning him nearly $1.2 million and a trip to Augusta National.

Jones, who began the day six shots back of Kuchar, shot a final-round 66 and ended the tournament 15 under overall.