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Griffin gets 1-shot win at Houston Open

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HUMBLE, Texas (AP) 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.

He describes his parents as hippies and his childhood as flush with fun and love, short on cash. His father, who bought him a starter set of clubs even though no one in the family ever played golf, died when Griffin was 12. A local pro in Virginia, Steve Prater, gave him an honorary membership when Griffin's father died and continues as a coach and mentor.


Money Leaders: PGA Tour
Rank Player Earnings
1 Lanto Griffin $1,828,952
2 Sebastian Munoz $1,500,569
3 Kevin Na $1,389,375
4 Joaquin Niemann $1,365,312
5 Cameron Champ $1,297,489
6 Adam Hadwin $1,013,983
7 Mark Hubbard $1,007,825
8 Harris English $895,660
9 Tom Hoge $844,230
10 Sungjae Im $828,581
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