WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. - Many players would tell you that you can lose a tournament in a handful of holes, but it's impossible to win one that way.
But if Matt Jones winds up on top of the leaderboard today, it'd be really tough not to credit a seven-hole stretch over Friday and Saturday.
Jones, one of only three players to play the first three Greenbrier Classics and miss the cut every time - John Mallinger and Brian Gay are the others - was at 1 over par coming off the 12th hole on Friday, two shots short of the cut line and staring down yet another disappointing effort on the Old White TPC.
As it turned out, the 33-year-old saved his best for when it mattered this time around.
The Arizona State product by way of Sydney, Australia absolutely caught fire, dropping six straight birdies to end Friday's round and carrying the momentum into Saturday and starting the third round with a birdie on No. 1.
In a matter of seven holes Jones became a factor, and by the time he finished off Saturday's round of 4-under 66, he sat at 9 under for the tournament, in a tie for fourth place and just five strokes back of leader Johnson Wagner.
But as important as that run was, Jones wasn't aware of exactly what he just did.
"I didn't realize I birdied six in a row, I thought it was five in a row," Jones explained. "You don't even keep track of that when you're out there doing it. So I asked [my caddie] today when I birdied 1, 'Does that count as seven in a row?' I don't know if it does, but it was nice to do and a good time to do it."
Jones came back from the brink and has blown by other players like an IndyCar in the Tour de France over the past day and a half despite his career struggles on the Old White TPC that includes never breaking par in six competitive rounds.