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Griffin banks on advantage

Arin Kumar
Thursday, July 17, 2014

AUSTRALIAN Matthew Griffin is eager to return to the course that helped launch his career.

Just days after winning the $AU1million ($F1.7m) KPGA Championship, Griffin will return to the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course to compete in the inaugural Fiji International next month.

"Being a previous winner gives me a big advantage heading into the tournament," he said.

"I have played the course a number of times and feel confident around the testing layout.

"Given the strong winds expected, having previous knowledge will be a big advantage."

Griffin is among the favourites to win the event.

"I have continued to develop under my coach Denis McDade and I feel my game is a lot more consistent than it was back in 2009.

"In 2009 I missed a lot of cuts and only played well occasionally whereas now I feel I give myself more chances to win."

He said competition would be tough given that Vijay Singh, Nick Price and Indian rising star Anirban Lahiri would be competing.

"But there are a number of great players playing the Fiji International and many that can take the prize come Sunday.

"I have always expected a lot of myself on the course which motivates me to work hard to prepare and give myself a chance to win."

Recently, Griffin has twice won on the PGA Tour of Australasia — at the Victorian Open in February and is also the 2013 OneAsia Order of Merit champion, where he has notched a further two titles.

"Winning a professional event is a tough thing to do and until you win one you're not sure you can do it.

"Getting that win in Fiji gave me the confidence that I could and I have been fortunate to keep doing it."


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