Matt Jones has finished as the leading Australian at the Military Tribute at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs in West Virginia, a final round of 4 under par 66 good enough to jump six places and into a share of 10th place in the opening event of the new PGA Tour season.

For Jones, who finished runner-up behind Jonas Blixt in this event in 2013, it was just his third top ten of 2019 but represents a good start to the new season as he looks to improve on his 91st place standing in the FedEx Cup last season.

Cameron Smith improved with a final round of 69 to finish as the next best of the Australians in 24th place, Rhein Gibson was next in 57th position and Cameron Percy 63rd.

New Zealander Danny Lee, a previous winner of this event, finished 36th.

The event was won by Chilean, Joaquin Niemann, who is now in his second season on the PGA Tour having finished 67th in the FedEx Cup rankings in his rookie season in 2019.

In winning, Niemann, at the age of 20, became just the third non American to win on the PGA Tour before the age of 21. The others were Seve Ballesteros and Rory McIlroy.

The former world number one amateur produced a final round of 64 to win by six shots over Tom Hoge.

Interestingly, one of Niemann’s previous best PGA Tour finishes of 5th came in this event last year.