Just 13 months on from turning professional, Victorian 26-year-old, Matthew Griffin, leads the Australian PGA Championship at the halfway stage, a second round of 68 taking him to 7 under par. Griffin leads by one over early finishers on day two, Stuart Appleby and Jason Norris, and the defending champion Geoff Ogilvy, who late in the day added a round of 66 to be on the leader's heels.
Griffin is delighted to have played the way he has and with the position he finds himself in.
"This is really exciting to be in the final group in a big tournament in Australia. It has been my dream since I was a kid."
"I have been hitting the ball well and not making many mistakes," added Griffin. "It was really tricky out there this afternoon and our tee time seemed to be a tee time that got most of the wind. The wind was all over the place."
When pressed, Griffin cited a 4 iron to the demanding par four 3rd as the highlight of his round. It was off a downhill lie into the wind and although he didn't make the putt, it made arguably the toughest hole on the golf course a much easier proposition.
"I'm starting to work this course out and am getting to know what clubs to hit of the tees," said Griffin. "There are so many good players in the field that I am going to have to shoot a similar score on the weekend to that I have done now."
Ogilvy suffered an early double bogey at the third but he added six birdies from that point. Earlier in the week Ogilvy talked of being a little jaded. Inspired by the prospect of defending his title however he has found a way to produce a fine round in the more difficult afternoon conditions of day two and has put him in a position where a successful defence is very much a possibility.
First round leader Min Kyu Han struggled in the conditions and although he is still well enough positioned at only two from the lead, his round of 75 hardly gives confidence for what lies ahead.
The tournament heavyweights, Adam Scott and Robert Allenby stayed in touch and are in a group at 4 under and close if enough if good enough over the weekend.
About The Author : Bruce Young
A multi-award winning golf journalist, Bruce's extensive knowledge of and background in the game of golf comes from several years caddying the tournament circuits of the world, marketing a successful golf course design company and as one of Australia's leading golf journalists and commentators.