MATTHEW GRIF­FIN

Golf Australia - - THE OPEN -

OPENS PLAYED: De­but. BEST FIN­ISH: N/A. WORLD RANK­ING: No.404.

Matthew Grif­fin flushed a wedge to within five feet to win last year’s New Zealand Open, be­gin­ning a cam­paign that saw him fin­ish on top of the Aus­tralasian Tour Or­der of Merit and earn an in­vi­ta­tion to Royal Birk­dale.

“That’s what you play for re­ally – I’ve grown up dream­ing of play­ing in The Open,” Grif­fin said.

The 33-year-old Vic­to­rian, who was ranked the third best amateur in the world in 2008, now plies his trade on the Ja­panese Tour, where he’s one of the long­est off the tee and in­side the top-25 for putting. WIN­NING ODDS: $401*.

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