World number 64 Jones hopes that he can continue the trend.
"It's a chance of a lifetime," said the Australian. "I'm very, very excited," said Jones.
"It is one of the most anticipated comebacks in any sport and to have a front row seat is a great honour.
"Tiger came out and said that he was going to play and I was overjoyed. It's the chance to play probably the best player of my generation.
"My friends have all said, 'you can beat him, you can beat him. It's a different format, matchplay's a funny game, anything can happen."
Jones, 33, has spent much of his career in Japan, where he has won eight titles - most recently the Tsuruya Open in April 2007.
His only season on the USPGA Tour was 2005, when he finished 144th on the money list.
With his Japanese schedule not due to start until April, Jones said he had not even been practising in the run-up to the Match Play.
"Obviously, I know I'm a longshot. I have got nothing to lose. I can just go out, be a lot more aggressive than what I normally would be. And if you say what are my chances, I have some sort of chance," he said.
"I didn't fly all this way to try to lose. I'm here to try to beat him."
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