Discover Golf : December 2016
Matthew Griffin finished the Australian PGA at Royal Pines on Queensland’s Gold Coast in a share of 40th. However, the Victorian was left with more than enough reason to celebrate after winning the PGA Tour of Australasia order of merit. Griffin’s reward is a place in the Open Championship next year at Royal Birkdale in England and two World Golf Championship events. Doors have been opened for the likeable 33-year-old. ‘It is what you play golf for - to play in the Open Championship and the WGCs,’ Griffin said. ‘It will be my first major. I have grown up as a kid dreaming of playing in a major. That is what I have played golf my whole life for—to get to a major and see how you go up against the best players in the world. If I play well, I get FedEx Cup points and it opens a new world.’ Griffin started the Australian PGA with a big buffer at the top of the order of merit thanks to his win at the New Zealand Open earlier this year—he also recorded a share of third at the Victorian PGA and a top 10 at the Fiji International. However, he was forced to endure an anxious afternoon as Andrew Dodt and Ashley Hall vied for the Joe Kirkwood Cup. Either could have passed Griffin with a win. It wasn’t to be. Ultimately, Hall finished third on the order of merit and Dodt fourth—second place was filled by New Zealander Michael Hendry. ‘It’s been a long week and a lot of calculations going in but it is nice to finally get there,’ Griffin said. Griffin, who plays the majority of his year on the Japanese Tour, will play the WGC Mexico Championship in March, the Open Championship in July and the HSBC Championship late next year. 28 discovergolf.com.au PROFILE news FROM THE GOLFING WORLD Matthew Griffin Order of Merit Opportunities Report & image courtesy of PGA of Australia.