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.