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Griffin's Brilliance Opens Another Chance For Maiden Win

Stunning final nine of 28 has Griffin sharing the lead (Photo: Henry Peters)
Two weeks ago, Melbourne golfer, Matthew Griffin, narrowly missed out on his first Japan Tour title when finishing runner-up to his fellow Australian, Brendan Jones, at the opening domestic event on the 2019 Japan Tour season.

Today he created another opportunity for that long-awaited breakthrough with a brilliant second round of 62 at the Crowns Tournament in Nagoya to share the halfway lead with Japan’s Daijiro Izumida.

Griffin’s final nine of 28 today catapulted him into a share of the lead with 26-year old Izumida who already has a win to his credit when successful at last August’s KBC Augusta event in Fukuoka

The pair are one shot ahead of a large group which includes, amongst others, Australian Brad Kennedy.

Griffin has now been a regular on the Japan Tour since becoming a member in 2015 and although there have been numerous top ten finishes in that time a first win has eluded the now 35-year old.

The Crowns is a long-established tournament on the Japan Tour and while not carrying the same level of prizemoney in 2019 as was the case in earlier years it remains a significant title.

Kennedy was round in 65 today, much of that courtesy of an outward nine of 30 and he is nicely positioned to challenge for a 4th Japan Tour title.

Northern Territorian but now fellow Queenslander, Quayle, is another chasing his first title in his second season in Japan and he finds himself just two from the lead, a bogey at his final hole a disappointing way to finish what was otherwise a good day. 

Sydney’s Won Joon Lee is in 21st position at 1 under but just five from the lead, New South Wales’ Dylan Perry, a rookie on the Japan Tour, is 41st after a dropping several shots late in his round and the Japan Tour’s most recent winner, Brendan Jones, just made the cut.  

New Zealander Michael Hendry is 33rd.

 

   

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