Matt Griffin wins Korean PGA Championship
Matthew Griffin secured a three stroke victory at the 57th Korean PGA Championship on Sunday for another win on the Korean Tour.
Griffin finished at 20-under-par to collect his third win in Korea and fifth professional title since joining the paid ranks in 2008.
Matt Griffin (Credit: Anthony Powter)
“Over the week I played some of my best golf that I have ever played,” said Griffin who has won each year for the last three years on the Korean Tour including The Charity High 1 Open in 2012 and SK Telecom Open in 2013.
“It was an exciting win and having my girlfriend, Liz, caddying for me was even more special.”
The win sets Griffin up well for the later half of the year as he pursues his dream of playing his way on to the European or US Tours.
Griffin sits 5th on the Korean Tour money list with ₩213,740,00 (AU$222,982) and with a number of co-sanctioned events scheduled in the coming months he hopes to continue with the winning form.
“It was nice to beat a quality field,” said Griffin.
“It gives me confidence heading into a big second half of the year. With a few co-sanctioned Euro events and also Euro Q-school to finish the year, I am feeling confident about my game and looking forward to the challenge.”
At 30 and following five years on tour, Griffin is both mature and experienced enough to get to the next level. A twice winner on the Australasian Tour, professional golf in recent times for Griffin has been more about exploring the options than anything else.
The Victorian likes to focus on the bigger picture with the variances of life on tour, no more than temporary set backs.
“I think the biggest thing that hits you is that professional golf is just so competitive,” says Griffin, who was a late bloomer to the game after competing Degrees in Commerce and Economics at Monash University.
“This week I proved how I can play against a quality field. I think the Korean courses suit my game as I am generally straight off the tee and enjoy playing in the wind.”
Griffin quietly goes about his business combining a deathly precision as well as consistency with his game. He had these traits as an amateur winning both in the US, with the 2008 Rice Planters Championship, and locally with multiple wins in national trial events including the 2008 Mandurah Amateur and 2008 Keperra Bowl.
“I’m competing better now,” he says.
“This week my concentration was the best it’s ever been on the course. Only making one bogey for the 72 holes certainly proved that. It certainly was an exciting win for me and gives me plenty to move forward with.”