Defending champion Lanto Griffin surveys a putt at the Nashville Golf Open.

Lanto Griffin ended his Saturday in the Nashville Golf Open at the Nashville Golf & Athletic Club in a familiar place: first.

Griffin fired a five-under for Round 3 after making birdie on his final hole, which was the 655-yard, par-five 18th hole.

Griffin, who plays on the PGA tour, won the event in 2017.

Brentwood native and Lipscomb University graduate Dawson Armstrong shot a plus-1 for his third round.

Armstrong finished his second round on Saturday morning by missing a short birdie attempt to finish 18.

Then, he had a tough start to his third round. Armstrong shot a double-bogey on No. 3, a par-five, and then bogeyed the next hole, a par-four.

The two-time Atlantic Sun champion, recognized as the most decorated golfer in LU history, decided earlier in May to skip his senior year and turn pro.

Sebastian Muñoz fired a even-par round and sits in sole possession of second at 14-under

Chris Naegel (five-under for the round) and Josh Teater (two under) are at minus-13 heading into Sunday.

Kramer Hickok (minus-2) and Adam Long (minus-6) ended Saturday at 12-under par.

Wyndham Clark, who was tied for the lead with Griffin at minus-12 at the end of Friday, shot a plus-four in Round 3 and fell nine shots off the lead.

University of Tennessee graduate Rick Lamb shot a plus-1, also ended his day at minus-8 for the tournament.

After weather delayed Round 2, several golfers finished Friday’s play on Saturday. Half the 156 golfers who began play on Thursday didn’t make the cut.

A Sunday finish, weather permitting

The event concludes with 18 holes Sunday.

However, Weather.com forecasts a 60 percent chance of rain starting around 10 a.m. on Saturday. Both Friday and Saturday’s rounds were delayed by weather.

Total purse for the event is $550,000, with the winner taking home $99,000.

The event also benefits the Snedeker Foundation, which is run by PGA Tour member and Nashville native Brandt Snedeker and his wife, Mandy.

This is the third year of the event, which is part of the Web.com tour.

 

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