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13 Oct 2019, 05:26 IST
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American golfer Lanto Griffin

Lanto Griffin catapulted himself into the Houston Open lead with a seven-under-par 65 in spherical three.

Griffin climbed 16 positions because the surging American claimed a one-stroke benefit atop the leaderboard on Saturday.

Looking for his maiden PGA Tour title, Griffin had 9 birdies and a pair of bogeys to change into the person to beat heading into the ultimate spherical.

A stretch of three consecutive birdies from the third to fifth holes set the tone for Griffin, who dropped a shot on the ninth previous to the flip.

It was a mere blip as Griffin birdied 5 of his subsequent six holes and 6 of eight earlier than bogeying the 18th to be 11 underneath total in Humble, Texas.

Fellow American Mark Hubbard is inside touching distance of Griffin following his 69, whereas Cameron Tringale (68), Beau Hossler (68) and in a single day chief Peter Malnati (73) are a shot additional again at 9 underneath.

Malnati was a shot clear heading into the third spherical, however 5 bogeys and 4 birdies noticed him drop right into a tie for third on the Golf Membership of Houston.

Carlos Ortiz (71), Brandon Wu (69), Austin Cook dinner (70), Scott Harrington (72), Sepp Straka (72) and Talor Gooch (72) are eight underneath.