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Sports Lanto Griffin saves par on last hole to win Houston Open

04:05  14 october  2019
04:05  14 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Lanto Griffin kisses the championship trophy during presentation ceremonies after winning the Houston Open golf tournament Sunday, Oct, 13, in Locked in a tight race on the back nine, Griffin took the lead with a 35-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole , and then won with that 6-footer for par , which

HUMBLE, Texas – Six feet away from his first PGA Tour victory, Lanto Griffin never felt calmer. It was only after his par putt fell into the middle of the cup Sunday in the Houston Open that the 31-year-old Griffin struggle to contain so many emotions.

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HUMBLE, Texas — Lanto Griffin took the lead with a 35-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole and won the Houston Open on Sunday with a 6-foot par on the final hole that gave him a 3-under 69 and a one-shot victory that sends him to the Masters.

Griffin was locked into a battle on the back nine at the Golf Club of Houston with Mark Hubbard and Scott Harrington. None of the three had won on the PGA Tour.

Hubbard had the lead until he missed his only fairway of the final round on the par-5 15th, into the high grass of a hazard. He was able to chop out across the fairway into more thick grass, hit his third into a fairway bunker and missed an 8-foot par putt.

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Lanto Griffin poses with the trophy after winning the Houston Open at the Golf Club of Houston on October 13, 2019 in Humble, Texas. Locked in a tight race on the back nine, Griffin took the lead with a 35-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole , and then won with that 6-footer for par , which gave him a

Griffin won on the Korn Ferry Tour last year and in 2017. His birdie on the 16th was his first since the eighth hole , and while Griffin missed birdie chances on both par 5s on the back nine, he also converted a 6-foot par save on the 14th hole and two-putted up a ridge on the 17th, making a

Harrington, who took 16 years to reach the PGA Tour and gave up a year to be with his wife, who had cancer, birdied the 15th with a two-putt from 10 feet, hit his tee shot to 3 feet for birdie on the 16th and was tied for the lead until a three-putt from 45 feet up the ridge on the 17th hole. Harrington missed a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th and shot 67.

Hubbard had one last chance with a bold tee shot on the 18th, one of the toughest driving holes on the PGA Tour with water down the left side and a large bunker to the right. That set him up with a short iron to 25 feet, but his putt to at least force a playoff stayed left.

Hubbard closed with a 69.

Michael Gligic (67) of Burlington, Ont., tied for 28th at 5 under. Mackenzie Hughes (74) of Dundas, Ont., tied for 55th at 1 under and Graham DeLaet (70) of Weyburn, Sask., was tied for 70th at 3 over.

Griffin leads Houston Open after strong third round

  Griffin leads Houston Open after strong third round 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.

Lanto Griffin holds his nerve and makes the right putts to win the Houston Open . Locked in a tight race on the back nine, Griffin took the lead with a 35-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole , and then won with that 6-footer for par , which gave him a 3-under 69 and a one-shot victory over Mark Hubbard and

Griffin won on the Korn Ferry Tour last year and in 2017. His birdie on the 16th was his first since the eighth hole , and while Griffin missed birdie chances on both par 5s on the back nine, he also converted a 6-foot par save on the 14th hole and two-putted up a ridge on the 17th, making a

Griffin had to play the Korn Ferry Tour last year to earn his card back, and his goal on a second try in the big leagues was consistent high finishes and playing in the final group at least once.

He knocked that out early, taking a one-shot lead into the final round. He also is the only player to finish in the top 20 in every PGA Tour event since the new season began last month.

And now the 31-year-old Griffin can add a trophy to his fresh start. He won on the Korn Ferry Tour last year and in 2017, and in Uruguay on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica in 2015 when he was trying to make his way.

His birdie on the 16th was his first since the eight hole, and while Griffin missed birdie chances on both par 5s on the back nine, he also converted a 6-foot par save on the 14th hole and two-putted up a ridge on the 17th, making a 4-footer for par.

Griffin finished at 14-under 274 and moved to the top of the FedEx Cup as the PGA Tour heads to Asia for three weeks of big purses and limited fields with no cuts.

The victory gets Griffin into the Masters and PGA Championship, along with Kapalua to start next year at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. He also gets a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour.

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