The final round of the Houston Open featured several players looking for their first PGA Tour victory, and when the day was over, 31-year-old Lanto Griffin claimed the title by one stroke over Scott Harrington and Mark Hubbard. He started the day with a one-stroke lead over Hubbard, and was off to a great start with birdies on 1 and 3. A bogey on the par-5 4th slowed his momentum, but Griffin responded with a bounce-back birdie on the 5th, and added another birdie on the 8th to make the turn in 3-under and tied with Mark Hubbard. Griffin’s bogey on 11 dropped him out of the tie, and Scott Harrington started his charge with birdies with four-birdies and two bogeys in a six-hole stretch to take the clubhouse lead. The turning point for the final ground occurred when Mark Hubbard bogeyed the 15th, and Lanto made a clutch birdie on the par-3 16th to take a one-shot lead. Two closing pars was enough to give him that elusive 1st PGA Tour victory, and moves to the top of the early FedEx Cup standings.
Next week, the PGA Tour heads to South Korea for the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges.