Blacksburg native Lanto Griffin becomes PGA Tour winner

Lanto Griffin learned the game of golf at the Blacksburg Country Club and years later is hoisting the trophy for a PGA Tour victory. Griffin won the Houston Open last Sunday on a dramatic birdie late into the competition.

“This is going to be a week I never forget, regardless of what happens in the rest of my career,” said Griffin in his press conference following the victory. “I feel very fortunate; I’m beyond words. Thank you to Houston.”

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The top spot came down to one stroke, as Griffin finished with a -14 on the day. Mark Hubbard and Scott Harrington both finished with -13, while Harris English and Xinjun Zhang both came in at -11.

Griffin, Harrington, and Hubbard were all tied at -13 until the 16th hole. Griffin was able to hit a difficult birdie shot to take a late advantage and continue on par for the final two holes.

The victory at the Houston open is Griffin’s first career PGA Tour win as well as his first professional win. Following the victory, Griffin was ranked 13th in the PGA Tour rankings amongst golf’s elite performers.

Griffin worked on his game as a young player at the Blacksburg Country Club before attending Virginia Commonwealth University on a golf scholarship in 2006. It wasn’t until 2018 that Griffin was able to work up through the professional ranks and join the PGA Tour.

“I set realistic goals and then I like to achieve them and set new ones,” Griffin said. “We’ll have to sit down and re-evaluate the rest of the year. For me, when I play well it makes me want to do even better.”

After winning the Houston Open, Griffin will be invited to the Masters Tournament this spring in Augusta, Georgia.

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