Sunday, May 19, 2013


JEJU ISLAND, South Korea, May 19 - Australian Matthew Griffin won his second OneAsia title in less than a year on Sunday when the final round of the U.S. $900,000) SK Telecom Open was called off without a shot being played because of thick fog at Pinx Golf Club on Korea's Jeju Island.
Griffin can credit a spectacular 40 foot putt from off the back of the 18th green on Saturday for the win, as it meant he held a one-shot lead over South Korean veteran Kang Wook-soon at the end of three rounds. 
The tournament ended in similar circumstances in 2011 when Kurt Barnes was declared the winner after fog prevented any play in the final round. 
Built on a plateaux, Pinx Golf Club is prone to rolling fog from the extinct Mount Halla volcano, but the weather had been perfect for two rounds -- albeit damp and windy for the third.
"It's unfortunate to finish like this, but I'll take it," said Griffin, 29, who banked around U.S. $180,000) for the win and leapt to the top of the OneAsia Order of Merit with earnings of over $233,000 for the season.
"I thought my final putt yesterday was big as it gave me the lead, but I didn't think it would be the winning putt. It just goes to show you really must try and make everything."

Par 288 (4x72) Yardage 7,361
+Final round cancelled because of fog.
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 (NZL) 66-72-71, LEE Soo-min (am) 67-70-72, KIM Do-hoon 753 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, KIM Bi-o 68-70-72, David McKENZIE (AUS) 68-70-72, PARK Sang-hyun 68-68-74, Jin JEONG 68-67-75.
211 - Andrew KELLY (AUS) 70-69-72, LEE Sang-hee 69-70-72, HWANG In-choon 69-70-72, YOON Jung-ho 71-68-72, Joshua YOUNGER (AUS) 71-69-71, Ryan HALLER (AUS) 70-70-71, Jake HIGGINBOTTOM (AUS) 68-69-74, Ryan FOX (NZL) 70-71-70, KANG Kyung-nam 66-75-70.
212 - Craig HANCOCK (AUS) 67-72-73, CHAN Shih-chang (TPE) 71-69-72, BYUN Jin-jae 71-67-74, Jamie ARNOLD (AUS) 69-71-72, Akinori TANI (JPN) 67-69-76, JANG Dong-kyu 66-74-72, 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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