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Matthew Griffin wins Australasian Tour Order of Merit

Griffin displays his winning medal (Photo: Bruce Young)
Victorian Matthew Griffin has won the Von Nida Medal for winning the ISPS Handa Australasian Tour Order of Merit, the result in the balance until the Australian PGA Championship was decided today.

Entering the week the result appeared to be between Griffin and New Zealander Michael Hendry but, when Hendry missed the cut on Friday, attention the turned to Andrew Dodt who led the event at that stage and, with Griffin some way back, a win by Dodt and the accompanying A$237,000 would have given him the title.

Griffin finished the weekend in 40th place this week but when Dodt was unable to win the PGA Championship, the Order of Merit honours went to Griffin who earns a place in the 2017 Open Championship field and starts in two WGC Championships.

Griffin finished considerably earlier than Dodt today but kept a keen interest on proceedings for obvious reasons.

I think if Andrew had won, then he would have passed me,” said Griffin. “I sort of had a second eye on the leaderboard as I was going round and then I obviously watched the last few holes when I finished.

“It’s huge. That’s what you play for really, to play in The Open Championship and those WGCs.  It opens a few doors, if I play well, then get some FedEx Cup points. It opens new worlds.”

Griffin’s win at the BMW ISPS Handa New Zealand Open Championship in March was the catalyst for the win, the start at the Open Championship made even more special for Griffin because it will be his first ever major championship.

 

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