Griffin wants more of that winning feeling
What’s better than winning a tournament on one of the richest golf tours in the world? How about winning on two of the richest golf tours in the world – at once?
That’s the goal of young Australian professional Matthew Griffin, now desperate to add to his record after scoring his first victory on the OneAsia Tour almost two years ago.
Matt Griffin (Credit: Anthony Powter)
Griffin, 29, has confirmed his participation in the co-sanctioned $US3.2m Volvo China Open this week where he will get the chance to test his skills against not only some of Asia’s best players but some leading Europeans as well.
Griffin’s game has gone to new levels since this self-confessed “late bloomer” won the South Pacific Open in New Caledonia in September, 2011 before securing his first OneAsia victory a year later at the Charity High1 Resort Open in Korea.
“My goal this year is to win again – especially in a co-sanctioned event to get me on to another big tour,” said the Victorian who only became a touring professional five years ago.
“I played the Volvo China Open in 2011 but didn’t play last year so I am looking forward to being back there.”
South African Branden Grace will defend his title at Tianjin Binhai Lake Golf Club and while Griffin will fly under the radar for most form experts, he couldn’t be happier with his own form.
He made a solid start to the year with a joint 20th finish at the recent Thailand Open before a joint 18th at the Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia Open a fortnight later. Both events were co-sanctioned by the Japan Golf Tour.
“My game is in really good shape and I have made every cut this year. I just have not been able to put four rounds together,” Griffin said.
“There have been a couple of holes here and there that have been killing me.
“Hopefully that will change in the Volvo China Open.”
Griffin has said while winning in New Caledonia was a monkey off his back, his Korea victory was even more important for his development as a player.
“Korea gave me a big boost; it showed to me I can win when coming down the stretch,” he said.
“You find out about yourself when you win an event.”
“You don’t know how you are going to react until you actually do it.”
“I was really happy with myself as I fell behind a few times but just hung in there.”
“I know if I have that six footer coming down the stretch I can make it.”