This article is part of our Weekly Recap series.
We all like to say we saw things coming in golf. In all sports, really. Trends, patterns, you know. But just when you think you see something coming, sports has a funny way of ruining the lovely narrative. Kinda like "objects in the mirror are closer than they appear." Or maybe not like that at all.
That's all a round-about way of getting to Lanto Griffin, who won the Houston Open by one shot on Sunday for his first career PGA Tour win.
The 31-year-old California native had been getting more attention week after week as he finished top-20 in each of the first four events of the new PGA Tour season. So when we say we saw it was coming, that's what we mean. But it usually doesn't happen that way, because just when you think something will happen, something else does. Especially when before those four weeks, nobody saw anything from Griffin coming.
He managed to play two events on the PGA Tour way back in 2011 and missed the cut in both. From there, he didn't go to the Korn Ferry Tour or even the Latinoamerica Tour – he went to the mini-tours. For years. Griffin finally got to the Korn Ferry in 2017, did well and earned his PGA Tour card for 2017-18. But he missed half his 26 cuts, had only one top-25 (T12 at Torrey Pines) and went back to the Korn Ferry.
Now he's a winner on the PGA Tour after only