Houston Open: American Lanto Griffin wins first PGA Tour title

Tanya Simon
October 16, 2019

The victory comes in Griffin's second time around on the PGA tour - he failed to keep his spot on the tour in 2017 and had to work his way back.

Winning on the PGA TOUR is the only way to qualify for the 2020 Sentry Tournament of Champions.

In his second start at the Golf Club of Houston, Lanto Griffin captured his first career PGA TOUR victory at the Houston Open when he closed with a 3-under 69 to defeat Scott Harrington by one stroke. He was capable of chop out throughout the golf green into extra thick grass, hit his third right into a fairway bunker and missed an eight-foot par putt.

Hubbard had one final probability with a daring tee shot on the 18th, one of many hardest driving holes on the PGA Tour with water down the left aspect and a big bunker to the suitable. That residing him up with a temporary iron to 25 feet, however his putt to as a minimal force a playoff stayed left.

Griffin was not to be denied his maiden Tour title after the 31-year-old two-putted to finish ahead of Harrington and Hubbard at 14 under.

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He won by a stroke from Harrington and Hubbard, who carded 67 and 69 respectively, with compatriot Harris English sharing fourth with four others. He had the lead until his errant tee shot on the par-5 led to bogey.

The Houston Open was the fifth regular-season event on the PGA Tour's 2019-20 schedule.

Griffin, a 31-year-old two-time victor on the Korn Ferry Tour, was among the players who had to complete the second round on Saturday morning after darkness halted play on Friday. He won twice on the Korn Ferry Tour in 2018 and 2017 but never won an event as a college player.

Now 40 players have qualified for the Sentry Tournament of Champions courtesy of their PGA TOUR victories this calendar year, including 15 first-timers.

But Griffin grabbed the lead with a superb 35-foot putt on the par-three 16th for birdie, and held strong with pars on his last two holes to claim victory on 14-under.

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