Saturday, May 18, 2013


JEJU ISLAND, South Korea: Australian Matt Griffin stayed on course for a second OneAsia title in less than a year with an even-par 72 today that gave him a one-shot lead going into the final round of the U.S. $900,000 SK Telecom Open on South Korea's Jeju Island.
After two days of perfect weather, a stiff wind and late afternoon rain played havoc with the field, and only 10 players broke par around the 7,361 yard Pinx Golf Club course.
Griffin, a winner of the Charity High1 Resort Open in September, stands 13 under for the tournament -- a stroke clear of Korean veteran Kang Wook-soon, whose 67 was the day's best round. 
China's Hu Mu (73) and Koreans Lee Ki-sang (72) and Park Do-kyu (74) shared third place at nine under.
Overnight leader Kim Chang-yoon, who broke the course record with a 62 on Friday, slipped to minus seven after shooting a 79. 
Griffin got to grips with his round at the par-five ninth when he chipped in for eagle from around 40 yards to cancel out a bogey-bogey start.
From then he was a picture of concentration for nine pars in-a-row, and he credited his win last year with giving him the mental fortitude to maintain focus in the worsening conditions.
"Definitely I feel like a different player now," he said. "It helps that you know you can do it, you know you can win."He drew on that experience on the par-four 18th -- which played like a par five for most of the day -- when he put his third shot through the back of the green and then drained the remaining 40-footer to guarantee him the overnight lead.
"That was huge … that could be the difference at the end of the tournament," he said.
Par 216 (3x72) Yardage 7,361
Players from South Korea unless stated 
203 Matthew GRIFFIN (AUS) 64-67-72.
204 KANG Wook-soon 65-72-67.
207 LEE Ki-sang 67-68-72, PARK Do-kyu 67-66-74, HU Mu (CHN) 66-68-73.
208 David OH (USA) 66-72-70, AN Jae-hyun (NZL) 71-69-68, KIM Hyung-tae 67-69-72, MOON Kyong-jun  67-69-72.
209 Michael LONG (NZ) 66-72-71, LEE Soo-min (am) 67-70-72, KIM Do-hoon 66-70-73, K J CHOI  69-67-73, KIM Chang-yoon 68-62-79, Jason NORRIS (AUS) 66-66-77.
210 Andre STOLZ (AUS) 69-70-71, David McKENZIE (AUS) 68-70-72
211 Andrew KELLY (AUS) 70-69-72, Joshua YOUNGER (AUS) 71-69-71, Ryan HALLER (AUS) 70-70-71, Jake HIGGINBOTTOM (AUS) 68-69-74, Ryan FOX (NZL) 70-71-70
212 Craig HANCOCK (AUS) 67-72-73,  Jamie ARNOLD (AUS) 69-71-72, Nick CULLEN (AUS) 71-70-71.
213 Anthony BROWN (AUS) 66-73-74, Gareth PADDISON (NZL) 68-70-75, Aaron TOWNSEND (AUS) 73-68-72
214 Stephen DARTNALL (AUS) 68-72-74, Peter WILSON (AUS) 70-71-73.
215  Scott LAYCOCK (AUS) 71-70-74




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