Vic Open Round 4 State of Play Live
Sunday 23rd February 7.15pm
Victorian Matthew Griffin has claimed his first Professional title on Australian soil taking out the Oates Vic Open at 13th Beach Golf Links today.
On an exciting day for Australian golf where the future was clearly on show in both the men’s and women’s tournaments, Griffin captured his home state title in spectacular fashion.
It took Griffin three playoff holes to overcome New South Welshman Matthew Stieger, the pair finishing deadlocked at 7-under par while overnight leader Brett Drewitt finished a shot back at 6-under par.
For Griffin, who had previously won a PGA Tour of Australasia event in New Caledonia and two OneAsia tournaments in Asia, the emotion-charged fist pump as he sank the final birdie putt on his fourth trip up 18 said everything.
“Incredible,” the 30-year-old said with eyes full of emotion.
“To win your state open is huge, aside from that the Australian Open is next.”
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Sunday 23rd February 5.15pm
With two holes to play, we're all tied at the top!! Stieger, Griffin and Drewitt all 6-under par.
Brett Drewitt is back in the Oates Vic Open lead with Matthew Steiger double bogeying the 14th hole while Matt Griffin and Drewitt birdied.
Stieger found a bunker at the back of the 14th green and couldn't drop the putt to minimise the damage.
Drewitt now leads by one shot at 6-under par with Stieger and Griffin at 5-under.
Andrew Kelly and Terry Pilkadaris are tied at 4-under par.
The leading group has seasawed all day long, and has just teed off the 15th hole.
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Sunday 23rd February 3.30pm
Our leading men have just completed the front nine, and it’s been a big last two holes.
Standing on the first, the last thing overnight leader Brett Drewitt did before teeing off was high five his good mate Matt Stieger.
It was a just display of the mateship between these two childhood friends who for the next 18 holes will be bitter rivals.
And they haven't wasted any time chasing the PGA Tour of Australasia title.
Stieger birdied the first hole to momentarily join the lead at 5-under par but not letting nerves get in the way the Rookie Drewitt answered back on three with his first birdie of the day.
However Stieger has just birdied the
4th to rejoin the lead at 6-under par, the duo now two ahead of Matt Griffin.
Raymond Beaufils 7-under 65, finished at 3-under for the Oates Vic Open
Adam Bland 6-under 66, finished at 3-under par
Alex Hawley 5-under 67, finished at 2-under par
Sunday 23rd February 12.00pm
With a final round of 7-under 65 to finish at 3-under par in a tie for third, Ray Beaufils was surprised with how well he played around 13th Beach today.
“I was actually running really low on confidence,” he said after his round.
“With the wind all week long you have to make shots and I guess that’s what I did today.”
With seven birdies and no bogeys Beaufils went close to equalling the course record of 64 set by Richard Green and Michael Choi at last year’s Vic Open.
However unfortunately he missed a short putt on the last for birdie, the Queenslander nevertheless happy with his bogey-free round.
“It makes the card look pretty,” he laughed, admitting he was aware of where the score put him on the overall leaderboard.
“I had a little bit of a look but you never know out here with the weather. It’s pretty nice out there now, it’s a perfect Melbourne day right? So I wish the guys the best this afternoon and hopefully they drop some putts like I did.”
Raymond Beaufils is showing that a good score is very, very possible at 13th Beach today - he's 5-under through 6 and there isn't a blemish on his card to date.
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Some nice early rounds building again this morning:
- South Australia’s Adam Bland is 2-under through 5 holes
- Raymond Beaufils is 3-under through 7 holes
- Wayne Perske 1-under through 3 holes
- Jason Norris 1-under through 1 hole
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The overnight leaderboard looks like this: