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Robert Garrigus

Robert Garrigus
— Golfer —
Personal information
Born (1977-11-11) November 11, 1977 (age 36)
Nampa, Idaho
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Scottsdale, Arizona
Career
College Scottsdale Community College
Turned professional 1997
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Former tour(s) Nationwide Tour
Professional wins 1
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 1
Best results in Major Championships
Masters Tournament T38: 2013
U.S. Open T3: 2011
The Open Championship CUT: 2011, 2013
PGA Championship T21: 2012

Robert Garrigus (born November 11, 1977) is an American professional golfer who is currently a member of the PGA Tour. He won the 2010 Children's Miracle Network Classic, the last event of the PGA Tour season, to guarantee exempt status on the PGA Tour through the end of the 2012 season.

Garrigus is one of the longest drivers in the golfing world, with an average drive of 310.5 yards in 2007. He is one of the few players who can hit a ball over 350 yards.[1][2] He led the PGA Tour in driving distance in both the 2009 and 2010 seasons with average distances of 312 and 315 yards, respectively.[3] He is also noted for using a putter only 28.5 inches in length,[4] about six inches shorter than a standard putter. However in 2012, at the Humana Challenge, he gave up the shorter putter for a 46" putter.[5]

Early years

Garrigus was born in Nampa, Idaho[6] and spent most of his childhood in Banks, Oregon.[7] He attended Crescent Valley High School in Corvallis, Oregon.[4] In 1995, Garrigus finished first at the Valley League District Championships and later helped Crescent Valley High School to a 4A state championship by finishing T-9.[8] Garrigus attended Scottsdale Community College[6] later in 1995.

Professional career

Garrigus turned professional in 1997.[6] He played on the NGA Hooters Tour and the Gateway Tour from 1997–1999. He played on the Buy.com Tour (now Web.com Tour) for the first time in 2000, and was also a member of the Nationwide Tour in 2002, 2004 and 2005.[4] He finished tied for 9th in Q-School in 2005 to earn his PGA Tour card for the first time.

2010 Season

Memphis collapse

At the 2010 St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tennessee, Garrigus, playing in the final group, had a three-shot lead going into the 72nd hole, a long par four. He pulled his tee shot into the water hazard which flanks the hole's left side. After taking a penalty drop a long way back, he hit his third shot straight left, caught a tree left of the hazard and fell straight down. He punched out to the fairway and hit his fifth shot onto the green, within 35 feet of the hole. He two-putted from there, resulting in a triple bogey 7. A three-way sudden-death playoff with Lee Westwood and Robert Karlsson then began. On the first hole they played, the 18th, Garrigus's drive carried too far and came to rest against the trunk of a tree, right of the fairway. He chipped out and hit his third shot to 12 feet. His par putt lipped out and he made bogey. Karlsson and Westwood both made par, eliminating Garrigus, who finished tied for second place. The playoff was eventually won by Westwood, who birdied the fourth sudden-death hole.

Orlando victory

Garrigus atoned for his near-miss at Memphis in the final tour event of the season, the Children's Miracle Network Classic in suburban Orlando, Florida. Needing a high finish to earn his tour card for 2011, he entered the final day 13 under par, five shots behind the leader Roland Thatcher and one behind first-round leader Chris Stroud. Thatcher had reached 21-under in his third round, before a double bogey, bogey finish. After a fast start, with five birdies in his first seven holes, Garrigus caught Thatcher, who had parred his first seven holes, turning the rest of the tournament into a virtual two-man battle, although several other contenders were within striking distance. Thatcher extended his lead with three birdies around the turn, before a bogey on twelve, as Garrigus in the group in front birdied thirteen, moving the pair level again. After Thatcher bogeyed sixteen, Garrigus held the solo lead in a tournament for the first time since Memphis. A further two-shot swing on the 17th, where Garrigus made birdie-3 to Thatcher's bogey-5, followed by a final-hole par, sealed his first professional win, by three strokes. With the victory, Garrigus earned an exemption on the PGA Tour through the end of the 2012 season. Prior to the tournament, Garrigus was 179th on the Tour, which would have meant a loss of his Tour card. Thatcher finished second while Stroud salvaged a seventh, still good enough for a full season tour card for 2011.

On overcoming substance abuse

Immediately after finishing his final round in Orlando, Garrigus spoke openly in a television interview on the Golf Channel, about his triumph over substance abuse, his subsequent improved play, and his joy at closing out the season with a tournament victory, which made up for his struggles at the Memphis tournament earlier in the season.[9]

In an article that appeared in Golf Digest in July 2011, Garrigus admitted that during the 2002 season, he and several other golfers on the Nationwide Tour (then the Buy.com Tour) smoked marijuana during events:[7]
"Oh yeah, there were plenty of guys on the Nationwide Tour who smoked in the middle of the round. We always talked about it. You could go in the Porta John and take your drags."
In 2003, he entered a rehabilitation center near San Diego for a 45-day program. His newfound sobriety was almost immediately tested. Before entering rehab, he had left money for his roommate to keep the house and pay bills. The roommate instead used it for drugs and gambling; when Garrigus returned the night before he was to play in a sectional qualifier for the U.S. Open, he found the locks changed and the electricity disconnected. The roommate had left town to avoid gambling debts, leaving behind a substantial quantity of marijuana and a note reading, "Hope rehab was great. Have fun." As Garrigus would say,[7]
"I stood there for a minute, and then I grabbed the weed and threw it in the garbage. Then I took the refrigerator and threw it out with the chicken, everything. I called the electric company to get them to turn on the power. When I wake up the next morning, I didn't realize until I get to the golf course that my roommate had been using my putter. So I race back to the house at 140 miles per hour, get my putter, race back just in time for my tee time. I have no warm-up, no caddie, and my clubs are on a pull cart. I shoot 70 and miss by two shots. I told myself that wasn't too bad after 45 days without hitting a ball. I knew then I was going to be OK."

2011 season

In June 2011, Garrigus made his first ever cut in a major at the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club, posting all four rounds under par on the way to a tied third place finish. This result ensured Garrigus of an invitation to the 2012 U.S. Open[10] and the Masters. His 2011 season ended with over $1.5 million in earnings that included a playoff loss to Jonathan Byrd at the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

Garrigus took part in the Long Drive Contest for charity at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions alongside Bubba Watson and Dustin Johnson and finished third with a longest drive of 365 yards.

Personal life

Garrigus currently lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife Ami, whom he met while in rehab, and a son born in September 2010.[7]

His father, Thomas, won a silver medal in trap shooting at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City.[4][7]

Professional wins (1)

PGA Tour wins (1)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner-up
1 Nov 14, 2010 Children's Miracle Network Classic –21 (68-65-70-64=267) 3 strokes United States Roland Thatcher

PGA Tour playoff record (0–3)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2010 St. Jude Classic Sweden Robert Karlsson, England Lee Westwood Westwood won with birdie on fourth extra hole
Garrigus eliminated with par on first hole
2 2011 Hyundai Tournament of Champions United States Jonathan Byrd Lost to par on second extra hole
3 2012 Transitions Championship South Korea Bae Sang-moon, England Luke Donald,
United States Jim Furyk
Donald won with birdie on first extra hole

Results in major championships

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT T38
U.S. Open CUT DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP T3 CUT WD
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP CUT
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T62 T21 T25

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

Summary

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
U.S. Open 0 0 1 1 1 1 4 1
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 3
Totals 0 0 1 1 1 3 11 4
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 2 (2012 PGA – 2013 Masters)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1

See also

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