Matt Jones en route to his 2019 Australian Open win – photo Golf Australia

While most of the focus of Australian professional golf in 2019 was on the performances of Hannah Green and Adam Scott in their respective genders, the effort of Matt Jones is yet another well worthy of note.

Jones will finish the year in 99th position in the world ranking, his highest standing since October of 2016 and while still well below his previous best of 41st after winning the 2014 Houston Open, the place inside the top twenty is due recognition of his exploits, especially late, in 2019.

His win at the Australian Open in early December jumped him to 103rd and the subtle variations of the world ranking has seen him prove another few places over the last few weeks.

Jones not only won the Australian Open but comfortably retained his playing status on the PGA Tour by finishing 91st in the FedEx Cup points table.

He finishes the year as the 5th highest ranked Australian behind Scott (18th), Marc Leishman (28th), Jason Day (37th) and Cameron Smith (53rd)