AUSTRALIA’S Matthew Griffin scored the biggest win of his professional career on the weekend Sunday with a one-stroke victory at the 2012 Charity High1 Resort Open in Korea.
The 29-year-old Victorian led by two overnight on the OneAsia Tour tournament and held his nerve in a topsy-turvy final round.
He closed with an even-par 72 for a 9-under total and snaffled the winner’s cheque of around US$178,000.
“I am really, really thrilled,” Griffin said. “This is what I have worked for all my life, so it is absolutely amazing to finally get there.”
Griffin, once ranked the third-best amateur in the world, was a relative latecomer to the professional ranks and only scored his first four-round victory at the 2011 South Pacific Open in New Caledonia.
The win here propels him up the OneAsia Order of Merit and gives him a two-year exemption. It also gives him a big confidence boost going into Q-School on the US PGA Tour at the end of the year.
“This is immense. It gives me a lot of security and it also repays the faith that my supporters and sponsors have shown in me over the years.”