6-foot par putt on final hole seals 1-stroke triumph and 5th top-20 finish in a row to start season
1: Number of victories on the PGA Tour for American Lanto Griffin, who won the Houston Open on Sunday with a steady back nine at Golf Club of Houston in Humble, Texas. Griffin holed a 6-foot par putt on the 18th hole to cap a 3-under 69 for a 14-under 274 total and one-stroke victory. Co-runners-up Scott Harrington and Mark Hubbard, each of whom also was seeking his first Tour victory, stumbled with late bogeys. Griffin holed a 33½-foot birdie putt at the par-3 16th hole, then parred the final two holes to win. In five starts this fall, Griffin has finished no worse than T-18. He won in the 2019 season on the Korn Ferry Tour en route to earning a promotion to the PGA Tour. Griffin, 31, won in his 33rd PGA Tour start (scores).
3: Number of times that Bernd Wiesberger has won in the past five months on the European Tour as the Austrian added the Italian Open title and surged to the top of the season-long Race to Dubai standings. Wiesberger, who turned 34 last week, shot a bogey-free 6-under 65 in the final round for a 16-under 268 total and one-stroke victory at Olgiata Golf Club in Rome. It was Wiesberger’s seventh career victory and first in the Rolex Series on the European Tour. England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick (69), the 54-hole leader, finished second at 15-under 269, his fourth runner-up of 2019. American Kurt Kitayama (71) was third at 12-under 272 (scores).
29: Score for American Jerry Kelly on the front nine at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, N.C., as he made the turn in 6 under en route to victory at the Champions Tour’s SAS Championship. Kelly coasted to a 7-under 65 and 16-under 200 total for 54 holes to win by one stroke. It was the third victory this season for Kelly and the sixth of his career on the 50-and-older tour. Australian David McKenzie closed with 63 to surge into second place at 15-under 201 in the tour’s regular-season finale (scores). The top 72 on the 50-and-older tour’s money list qualified for the Charles Schwab Cup playoffs, which begin with the Dominion Energy Charity Classic on Oct. 18-20 at the Country Club of Virginia in Richmond.