NSW PGA Championship heads west

BY PGA of Australia | Australasian PGA Tour | 2012 New South Wales PGA Championship | Preview | 28 Nov 2012

Playing his first PGA Tour of Australasia tournament since returning from the second state of US Q School, Victorian Matt Griffin will head into this week’s NSW PGA Championship at Mt. Broughton Golf and Country Club as one of the tournament favorites.

Aiming to finish the year on a high, Griffin will play the NSW PGA Championship as a lead in event to next week’s Emirates Australian Open and the subsequent Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola, determined to put another disappointing US Q School result behind him.

“So that’s now four years in a row failing at second stage. I’ve tried everything to get that week right but it has never happened,” said Griffin reflecting on his performance this week.

“Golf is littered with stories of players failing a Q School but it’s hard to put a finger on why. Frustratingly I know my game is good enough to compete over in the US and I just need the opportunity.”

After winning his first PGA Tour of Australasia tournament in September 2011, Griffin has kicked on in 2012 to claim his first international title at OneAsia’s Charity High1 Resort Open in South Korea where he took home approximately AU$173,800, the biggest paycheck of his career.

The result helped Griffin climb the OneAsia Order of Merit, on which he currently sits in fourth, and may now hold the key to reaching his US aim

“My goal now is to finish the year strong and win the OneAsia Order of Merit. If I can do that my Australian ranking will ensure I get to final stage and won’t need to play second.”

With the NSW PGA Championship the first hurdle, Griffin will take on the likes of Craig Parry, fellow 2012 OneAsia champion Nick Cullen and BMW NZ Open winner Jake Higginbottom for the title.

Also in the field are Won Joon Lee, Bradley Hughes, Mitch Brown, Marcus Cain, Anthony Summers and rookie Professionals Ryan Fox, Matt Stieger and Ryan McCarthy.

Zac Stolz, son of 2011 OneAsia Order of Merit winner Andre, is among the pre-qualifiers who will also line up in the field.

After three years at the Wollongong Golf Club’s seaside layout the event moves around 50 kilometres south and west to the Mt Broughton Golf Club in the Southern Highlands and built in 1994.

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