Date: September 30, 2012
Author: Golf Australia

Griffin finishes second in New Caledonia

Rookie Squad member Matt Griffin has continued his good recent form with a runner-up finish at the South Pacific Open Championship in New Caledonia. Griffin, who recorded his first major professional win two weeks ago at the High1 Resort Open on OneAsia, fell one stroke short of Te Awamutu s Brad Shilton. Griffin headed into the final round five shots back from Shilton but worked himself into contention early in the day. It was good to get in the mix, starting five back is always tough to get back into it but to be able to do that was really good. I gave myself the chance but couldn’t quite finish it off, said Griffin. Shooting an even par final round, for a tournament total of 13-under par 271, was enough to secure Shilton his break through win on the PGA Tour of Australasia. I m stoked, it s been a pretty long time coming so to finally get it done is awesome, said Shilton. I still felt like I was playing ok, I tried to stay controlled and the whole day just really kept my head on. To finish pretty strong at the end making a few birdies coming in, was awesome, Shilton said. Clearly emotional, the win was a long time coming for Shilton who has been playing the PGA Tour of Australasia for seven years. Not having played a lot this year I didn t know where I was going to be standing for the next few events. From New Caledonia, Griffin heads to Scotland for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, where he hopes to keeps the momentum going.