Lanto Griffin Captures Houston Open PDF Print E-mail


Lanto Griffin celebrates after winning the Houston Open

Houstn, Texas - Lanto Griffin took a 54 hole lead into Sunday and gave zero

indication that he was in uncharted territory. An untimely stumble at the fourth

gave brief cause for concern, but he righted the ship with birdie at the fifth and

another at the eighth to turn in 33.


The 31 year-old Korn Ferry graduate stumbled again at the eleventh, but made

a lengthy putt at the sixteenth. A routine two-putt par at the seventeenth put

him in position for glory coming down the final hole. His lag from nearly 60 feet

was aggressive, finishing six feet past. He canned the comebacker to complete

his final round 69 (14 under par total) to capture a narrow one-stroke win over

Mark Hubbard and Scott Harrington.


For Lanto Griffin things didn't come easy, his father and golf mentor Michael passed

away from a brain tumor when Lanto was just 12. Lanto's coach Steven Prater stepped

up and got Lanto a membership at Blacksburg Country Club. After struggling to make

it as a touring professional, Griffin nearly quit the game. At the Golf Club of Houston

on Sunday, he realized his dream and now will get into so many select events in 2020

- including Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii. It wasn't lost on him afterwards,

"I get to go to Hawaii for two weeks now!?" Griffin said. It's mind boggling."










Na Wins Shriners Playoff Over Cantlay PDF Print E-mail


Kevin Na hoists the crystal after winning the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open




Las Vegas - Kevin Na notched his fourth career PGA Tour win and his

second Shriners title after defeating Patrick Cantlay on the second playoff

hole at TPC Summerlin.

Na fired rounds of 68-62-61-70 to finish at 23 under par.  It was his

performance on the greens that was so remarkable - holing 558 feet of putts

during the 72 holes of regulation, but it was the four-footer in the playoff

for par that sealed the deal. He was an incredible +14.263 in strokes gained

putting for the week.

“I feel like I'm a pretty good putter. I'm a player that I feel like I get better

as I get closer to the greens. That's a strength of my game, a part of my

game that gets stronger," Na said. “Putter got hot this week. Tends to do

that sometimes, and when it does, if I'm hitting it halfway decent I feel

like I can win.”

Both Cantlay and Na shared pars at the 72nd hole to take the match into

extra holes. Na rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt on the first trip back up the

18th to match Cantlay's birdie. On the next trip up the 18th, Cantlay three-

putted, opening the door for Na to claim his second victory of the 2019.

Pat Perez finished solo third at 21 under par after a final round 68. Adam

Hadwin and Bryson Dechambeau were tied for fourth at -20 after each carded

final rounds of 63.
















An Emotional Cameron Champ Wins Safeway Open PDF Print E-mail


Cameron Champ celebrates after caturing the Safeway Open at Silverado

Napa, California - Cameron Champ captured his second PGA Tour title at

the Safeway Open at Silverado Resort after a final round 69 to finish at

17 under par. Champ's 369 yard smash off the tee on the par 5 finisher

led to an 8 iron approach and a clutch up n down birdie on the 72nd hole

- just enough to hold off Adam Hadwin (67) by a stroke.


Champ took a 3 stroke lead after 54 holes after carding a bogey free 67

on Saturday, but it was Aussie Marc Leishman who made the biggest push

up the leaderboard on Sunday, finishing solo 3rd after a final round 65 to

finish at -14.


Afterward, Champ dedicated the win to his Grandfather Mack who is in

hospice with stage IV stomach cancer in Sacramento, California. "If I win

no more tournaments, this will be the greatest win of my golfing career

for sure."

Justin Thomas (69) and Charles Howell III (68) finished tied for 4th at

13 under par.












Danny Willett Wins BMW, Completes Comeback PDF Print E-mail

Danny Willet returns home and to the winners circle at Wentworth




VIRGINIA WATER, ENGLAND—Danny Willett won a European Tour event

on home soil for the first time in his career with a three-shot victory at

the BMW PGA Championship on Sunday. The 31-year-old Englishman

finished three strokes ahead of nearest challenger Jon Rahm in the final



Willett shot a 5-under 67 to finish 20 under overall and collected his 7th

European Tour title. He dropped only one shot Sunday on the par-4th 11th

which could have been much worse. Rahm shared the overnight lead with

Willett and finished second after a 2-under 70. South Africa’s Christiaan

Bezuidenhout (68) was a shot further back.

Rory McIlroy followed up his third-round 65 with a 67 to finish tied for

ninth, his 16th top 10 in 21 events this season.


After missing the cut at Wentworth last May, Willett was ranked 462nd as he

struggled with a loss of form precipitated by a number of injuries. He will be

just outside the top 30 when the rankings are updated on Monday. “It doesn’t

get much better than this, does it?” Willett told Sky Sports. “It was a battle

out there, with myself more than anyone else, and it’s nice to come through

the other side.”

Story by Associated Press














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