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Sports Griffin leads Houston Open after strong third round

13:35  13 october  2019
13:35  13 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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(Reuters) - Quiet achiever Lanto Griffin describes himself as the son of hippies, and he was suitably chilled after emerging with a one-shot lead over fellow American Mark Hubbard in the third round of the Houston Open on Saturday. FILE PHOTO: Jul 13, 2018; Silvis, IL, USA; PGA golfer Lanto Griffin

Griffin had nine birdies on the par-72 Golf Club of Houston course for an 11-under total of 205. He was one stroke in front of fellow American Mark Hubbard, whose five birdies included three in a row at 15, 16 and 17 in a three -under 69 for 206. Second- round leader Peter Malnati struggled to get anything

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HUMBLE, Texas — Lanto Griffin recovered from a rain-delayed double-bogey finish to his second round earlier Saturday to post a 7-under-65 — the day's best score — and secure a single-stroke lead through 54 holes of the Houston Open.

Mark Hubbard is alone in second place at 10-under par after shooting a 69. The 36-hole leader, Peter Malnati, is one of three players two shots back. Malnati shot a 73, including bogeys on two of his first three holes and two of his last three.

Both Griffin and Hubbard are seeking their first PGA Tour titles as are Beau Hossler and Brandon Wu. Hossler fashioned a 68 and Wu a 69 to join Malnati at 9-under.

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Lanto Griffin points to the right after slicing the ball off the 18th tee during the Houston Open at the Golf Club of Houston in Humble Texas on He has never led a Tour event through three rounds . However, he has played consistently well this fall and is the only player with four top-20 finishes.

Hossler lost the 2018 Houston Open in a playoff against England's Ian Poulter. Griffin , a 31-year-old two-time winner on the Korn Ferry Tour, was "I felt confident all day," added Griffin , who birdied three in a row at the third fourth and fifth and then raced up the leaderboard with six birdies on the

Six players are tied at -8, including first-round co-leaders Austin Cook and Talor Gooch.

Mackenzie Hughes (74) of Dundas, Ont., is tied for 29th at 3 under. Michael Gligic (74) of Burlington, Ont., is tied for 54th at even par and Graham DeLaet (77) of Weyburn, Sask., is tied for 75th at 5 over.

The winner will receive $1.135 million. Griffin's earnings over 32 previous Tour starts — two back in 2011, 26 more in 2018, when he missed 13 cuts, and four this season — total $837,333. He has never led a Tour event through three rounds. However, he has played consistently well this fall and is the only player with four top-20 finishes.

Griffin, who shot 66 on Thursday before stalling to a second-round 74, said of the double-bogey finish on Saturday: "It was just cold and windy this morning and (the hole) played tough. I was frustrated and kind of (angry), but I turned it into a positive. It freed me up pretty good.

Cook, Gooch share 1st-round lead at Houston Open

  Cook, Gooch share 1st-round lead at Houston Open Austin Cook and Talor Gooch fired 8-under 64s to share the first-round lead at the Houston Open. Cook hit all 18 greens in regulation at the Golf Club of Houston en route to his bogey-free performance. Gooch, meanwhile, made 10 birdies and two bogeys to earn his share of the top spot. Russell Henley started hot with a 66 at an event he's performed well in previously. Cook hit all 18 greens in regulation at the Golf Club of Houston en route to his bogey-free performance. Gooch, meanwhile, made 10 birdies and two bogeys to earn his share of the top spot.

Hossler lost the 2018 Houston Open in a playoff against England's Ian Poulter. Griffin , a 31-year-old two-time winner on the Korn Ferry Tour, was "I felt confident all day," added Griffin , who birdied three in a row at the third fourth and fifth and then raced up the leaderboard with six birdies on the

(Reuters) - Quiet achiever Lanto Griffin describes himself as the son of hippies, and he was suitably chilled after emerging with a one-shot lead over fellow American Mark Hubbard in the third round of the Houston Open on Saturday. FILE PHOTO: Jun 23, 2018; Cromwell, CT, USA; Lanto Griffin plays

"My game the best it's ever been for sure. I'm playing really smart and my short game has improved a ton. That's always been my Achilles heel."

Griffin recalled a conversation he had with Greg Norman recently at a pro-am dinner "that really stuck in the back of my mind. He made the comment that he doesn't look at the guys that are winning and missing three cuts. He looks at the guys that are finishing 10th, 15th, 20th consistently. It's been a goal of mine this year. You don't have to be a hero necessarily to have a good, solid week."

The highest-ranked player in the field when the tournament began, Sweden's Henrik Stenson at 37th, failed to make the even-par cut. Only two of the top 11 players on the leaderboard, Malnati and Austin Cook, have even one Tour title.

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