Matthew Griffin celebrates biggest win

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.”

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. A former Sydney journalist, he launched ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples and Karrie Webb. He has also reported on numerous amateur tournaments, particularly national senior and veteran events. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best Golf News Report 2016 - 2017.

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