Ranked 176th in the world when, at the age of 31, he won his maiden PGA Tour title at the 2019 Houston Open, beating Mark Hubbard and Scott Harrington with a closing six-foot putt.
His Open debut comes now as one of the leading non-exempt players on the world rankings on June 30.
Griffin’s first major appearance was not until the 2018 U.S. Open, but he was a top 20 finisher at the 2019 PGA Championship. He was born in California, but has described his parents as hippies and at an early age they moved to Virginia.
His father died when he was 12, but he had bought his son a starter set even though nobody in the family played golf.
Lanto attended the Commonwealth University, turned professional in 2010 and started making a name for himself five years later when he won both the Virginia Open and in Uruguay on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica.
He then had two successes on the Korn Ferry Tour, but managed only one top 25 finish on the main circuit in 2017/18.
It quickly proved a different story on his return a year later and he entered the world’s top 50 in March.