Golfer Lanto Griffin explains the pressure for players with tour card on the line

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NEWBURGH, Ind. (WEHT) – Eyewitness News has been at Victoria National all week in preparation for the Korn Ferry Tour Championship. Lanto Griffin, one of the golfers, spoke with Sports Director Randall Parmley on Thursday.

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RANDALL: Hey Shelley, good afternoon and welcome back to Victoria National as we continue to get a little bit closer to the first round of the Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing and Finance. One of the guys that will be playing this weekend is Lanto Griffin. Not quite as much pressure for this guy, because he’s already earned his tour card. How does that take some of the pressure off you, knowing that you already have your card and that you don’t have to worry about finishing in the top 25 — even though I know that you still want to play well?

LANTO: Exactly, now this week, I’m using this as kind of a springboard for the Green Briar that’s starting up in two weeks, so obviously a golf course like Victoria National, you couldn’t ask for a better track to have the Tour Championship and it’s gonna be a course similar to the one I’ll see on the PGA Tour, so I’m gonna use it more as a learning experience, but I want to get some momentum going into the season, so although I don’t have a tour card on the line, there’s still a lot to play for.

RANDALL: Can you walk us through what it’s like for these guys out here that do have that pressure and what it’s gonna be like coming down to those final few holes on Monday and knowing that you’re just a few strokes away from either getting that tour card or having to came back on the tour next year?

LANTO: It’s tough. I was in the situation last year, where I went into the Tour Championship and needed a top 25 to get my card and I didn’t do it and it was tough. It hurt for a couple of months, pretty much all Winter, so I wouldn’t want to be in that situation. But at the same time, a lot of the guys, if you’re in this situation then you’ve had a good year and it’s an opportunity that a lot of guys would like to have, so hopefully some of the guys that are either needing a top 40, top 30, top 20 or whatever they need. Hopefully they can have that mindset of looking at it as a great opportunity versus, you know, all the pressure on the line. But regardless, it’s going to be great TV. If there’s one golf tournament I could watch all year in person, it would be this one, just because personally I know what they’re going through pressure-wise and this golf course is as demanding as you can get, but it’s also in incredible shape, so I couldn’t ask for a better test to earn your PGA tour card. So the guys that do get their cards, they’re going to earn it and it’s gonna be pretty special for them.

RANDALL: Best of luck this weekend, enjoy your weekend and good luck out there!

LANTO: Thank you.

RANDALL: Alright, so again, the opening round will be on Friday. 25 tour cards on the line! There will be a lot of pressure out here on Victoria National, but for now, at Victoria National, I’m Randall Parmley, let’s go back to you in the studio.

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(This story was originally published on August 29, 2019)

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