LAHAINA, HAWAII | Lanto Griffin – he’s No. 3 in the FedEx Cup standings as the sun rises on the 2020 PGA Tour schedule – knew all about the Plantation Course at Kapalua long before he arrived on Maui for the first time with his mother and brothers in tow. One of 15 first-timers in the Sentry Tournament of Champions, Griffin spent hours playing this mountainside golf course on the Tiger Woods video game, hoping but never fully expecting to play in the winners-only event that kicks off the calendar year.
Now that Griffin is here, well, reality again trumps technology.
“I remember playing it on Tiger Woods a lot, and just the stage, being right around New Year's, the first of the year. In Virginia the weather was cold, school was off. I feel like this is a tournament I've watched probably maybe other than the Masters, maybe the most,” said Griffin, who qualified by winning the Houston Open last fall.
“To be here and see how wide the fairways are in person and the views, every hole the views are mind-boggling. It's been really co...
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