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Another Near Miss For Matthew Griffin In Japan

Griffin that first Japan Tour win proving elusive. (Photo: Henry Peters)
Victorian golfer, Matthew Griffin, has again gone agonisingly close to a first Japan Tour victory with a 3rd place finish at this week’s Crowns Tournament in Nagoya.

Two weeks ago, Griffin finished runner-up to fellow Australian Brendan Jones at the opening event of the domestic season in Japan and today he added a final round of 68 to finish two shots from the winner, 46 year old Katsumasa Miyamoto, who won his 12th Japan Tour title.

Griffin, playing in the third to last group on day four, was still in with a chance playing the 72nd hole but instead of securing the birdie he needed to potentially force a playoff he dropped a shot and had to settle for 3rd two shots from Miyamoto and one behind Shugo Imahira who finished as the runner-up.

Griffin is now in 3rd place on the 2019 Japan Tour money list behind Jones and Miyamoto.

Queensland based Anthony Quayle, in his second season in Japan, recorded his second best finish when he recorded a final round of 68 to finish in a share of 5th place, a finish that could have been significantly better but for dropping three shots in two holes in his closing nine holes.

Won Joon Lee 15th and Brad Kennedy 18th were the next best of the Australians.

The Japan Tour now moves north to the Chiba Prefecture for the Asia Pacific Diamond Cup event, an event jointly sanctioned with the Asian Tour.

   

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