A maiden win in Texas & a shining season continues in Rome

by Maura Hutchinson

It was a great weekend of golf on the PGA and European Tours. As one player gained his first career victory in Houston, another continued his good form in Rome. Check out all the action from the Houston and Italian Opens below and see the gear the pros are winning with, available now at GolfOnline.

Childhood Dream Fulfilled…

American golfer Lanto Griffin is now a PGA Tour winner, after securing victory at the Houston Open with an impressive 3-under 69 final round.

The 31-year-old was able to hold his nerve, despite an awkward final hole, to win his maiden title and earn an incredible $1.3 million payday.

“This is going to be a week that I’ll never, never forget – regardless [of] what happens the rest of my career,” Griffin told reporters afterwards. “I feel very fortunate beyond words.”

With his first win, Griffin also secured himself invitations to next year’s Masters, USPGA and Players Championship.

“It’s mind-blogging,” he said. Adding, “Just didn’t seem like it would ever happen, but at the same time, I believe in myself and I was extremely calm out there today. Just bizarre.”

Here’s a look at Griffin’s winning gear:

Driver: Titleist 917D2
Fairway Woods: Titleist TS2
Irons: Titleist U510; Titleist T100
Putter: SIK Golf Flo
Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

A Great Summer Turns into a Pretty Good Autumn…

Over on the European Tour, Bernd Wiesberger continued his great form of the season, winning the Italian Open by 1-stroke over England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick.

With a win in Rome, Wiesberger secured his third title of the season, and 7th European Tour victory. Pretty good STATS for a golfer who missed seven months last season due to a wrist injury.

“Amazing, isn’t it?” the Titleist player said to reporters on Sunday. “It’s been a great summer for me. I’ve had a lot of good golf showing and lovely progress coming back after last year. I’m just enjoying my time out there, enjoying getting back into these situations.”

The Austrian is now at the top of the Race to Dubai standings and has climbed to number 22 in the official world golf rankings. Take a look at his winning bag below:

Driver: Titleist TS3
Fairway Woods: Titleist TS3
Hybrid: Titleist 818H2
Utility Iron: Titleist U500
Irons: Titleist 718 CB; Titleist 718 MB
Wedges: Titleist SM7
Putte: Scotty Cameron Futura 5W
Ball: Titleist Pro V1