The Associated Press

HUMBLE, Texas — Lanto Griffin recovered from a rain-delayed double-bogey finish to his second round earlier Saturday to post a 7-under-65 and secure a single-stroke lead through 54 holes of the Houston Open.

Mark Hubbard is alone in second place at 10 under par after shooting a 69. The 36-hole leader, Peter Malnati, is one of three players two shots back. Malnati shot a 73, including bogeys on two of his first three holes and two of his last three.

Griffin and Hubbard are seeking their first PGA Tour titles as is Beau Hossler, who fired a 68 to join Malnati and Cameron Tringale (68) at 9 under.

Six players are tied at 8 under, including first-round co-leaders Austin Cook and Talor Gooch.

Also Saturday:

Fitzpatrick stays in front at Italian Open: ROME — A blistering finish from five-time European Tour winner Matthew Fitzpatrick saw him maintain his one-stroke lead heading into the final round of the Italian Open. Fitzpatrick birdied four of the last six holes to move to 13 under par with a third-round 68. Kurt Kitayama is second at 12 under following a 65 and was a shot ahead of Robert MacIntyre, who fired a bogey-free 64 at Olgiata Country Club.

Austin draws even with Barron at SAS Championship: CARY, N.C. — Woody Austin birdied his last two holes for another 5-under 67 that moved him into a share of the lead with Doug Barron going into the final round of the SAS Championship on the PGA Tour Champions. They were at 10-under 134.

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