OneAsia, High 1 Resort Open, Mathew Griffin Wins.

Matthew Griffin

Mathew Griffin

Aussie Matthew Griffin notched up the biggest win of his professional career here on Sunday with a one-stroke victory at the 2012 Charity High1 Resort Open in Korea’s Gangwon-do province. Matt held on to his lead in the final round with an even-par 72 that gave him a -9 under par under total, and the winner’s cheque of around U.S. $178,000.

Kang Kyung-nam,  with a final round of 68,  and Park Sang-Hyun with 71, both of Korea, pushed Mathew  all the way around the hilly 7,148 yard High1 Resort Country Club course, which at  3,730 feet is the highest golf course in Korea.

Mathew said of his victory;

” I am really, really thrilled, this is what I have worked for all my life, so it is absolutely amazing to finally get there. 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.”

Park Sang-Hyun rued a missed chance of victory;

” Very disappointed, that’s the only thing I feel right now. I sort of think that somehow I was meant to be second in this tournament.”

The win here at the  High1 Resort Open  propels Mathew up the OneAsia Order of Merit and gives him a two year exemption, but equally gives him  the confidence boost he needed to go and tackle Q-School on the U.S. PGA Tour at the end of the year.

OneAsia, High1 Resort Open, Matthew Griffin Leads

 

Click on the slide!

Mathew Griffin

 

Mathew Griffin of Australia leads the OneAsia High 1 Resort Open after the third round with a -2 under par 69, for a tournament total of -9 under par. Mathew now has a two shot lead going into the final round, and is in pole position. PARK, Sang-hyun is alone in second place with a score of -7 under par. Tied in third place at -6 under par are KIM Bi-o and Aaron Townsend.

The tournament organizers decided to shorten the 10th hole at the 2012 CharityHigh1 Resort Open on Saturday when fog and low cloud threatened to play havoc with the third round.  The hole was shortened to a 135-yard par three when fog kept swirling through the original 10th teeing area, which prevented players from seeing the fairway. The course card was changed from a par 72, to 71 for the third round.