By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
SAN MARTIN, Calif. -- Brooks Koepka is holding strong at the Frys.com Open. The Floridian, who's playing his first PGA TOUR event (excluding majors), is tied with Robert Garrigus for the lead halfway through the third round of the Frys.com Open.
Both players are at 13 under par, one shot ahead of Jason Kokrak, who finished second at last year's Frys.com Open. Jim Herman is in fourth place at 10 under par.
Koepka, who started the day with a one-shot lead, made the turn in 2-under 33 after birdies on the first two holes. He also made birdie on No. 4 to reach 14 under par, but bogeyed the sixth. Koepka is playing this week on a sponsor exemption. The former Florida State All-American is exempt on the European Tour after winning three times on the Challenge Tour this year. He's looking to establish himself on his home tour, as well, and a big week here in Northern California could help him achieve that goal. He is No. 100 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Garrigus' lone PGA TOUR title came at the 2010 Children's Miracle Network Classic. He finished 91st in the FedExCup in 2013. Garrigus made the turn in 4-under 31 on Saturday. He made birdie on the first two holes and Nos. 5 and 6. He bogeyed No. 7 but then made birdie on the par-5 ninth.
Kokrak started the third round eagle-birdie. He holed out from 130 yards on the par-4 first hole. He bogeyed Nos. 5 and 6, but birdied the seventh. He hit his second shot into the water on the par-5 ninth but was able to save par after getting up-and-down from 126 yards.
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
SAN MARTIN, Calif. -- Robert Garrigus describes his FedExCup Playoffs as "frustrating," and with good reason. He missed the cut in both starts.
"I took a month off and didn't touch a club for probably 20, 25 days and I hit the gym the whole time," he said. "I felt like I had let my cardio slide and just wasn't working hard enough. ... So I got back into shape. It's kind of showing this week."
Garrigus shot 8-under 63 Friday. At 9-under 133, he was in second place when the morning wave completed play. He had nine birdies and one bogey Friday.
"Today it felt pretty simple," he said. "It was an A+ day."
He finished 91st in the FedExCup standings in 2013, one year after qualifying for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. His second, and final, top-10 of 2013 came at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. After starting the season with five consecutive top-25s, he had just three top-25s and zero top-10s in his final 17 starts.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Robert Garrigus was in the mix during the first two rounds of the PGA Championship last week.
Granted, the rounds of 74 and 72 at Oak Hill on the weekend weren't what he had hoped. Even so, Garrigus came to the Wyndham Championship much more confident than he'd been in months -- and it showed in the round of 65 he shot that left him one shot off the lead.
"It was good to feel it again," Garrigus said. "It had been so long, ... since the Match Play, really, and that's when I feel like I play my best when focused. I don't lose my train of thought at all. It's nice to feel the heat. This week again, it's nice to get off to a good day. I got three rounds to go. Hopefully I can keep it up and keep banging it."
Garrigus had started the season with two top-10s in his first six starts, and nothing lower than a tie for 22nd. Since he tied for fifth at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, though, it's been a different story -- in fact, Garrigus had only cashed two checks in his last eight starts.
So the PGA was a much-needed attitude adjustment. "Really built some confidence just mentally," Garrigus explained.
Garrigus has got a new TaylorMade SLDR driver in his bag this week, as well as a new Ping putter which served him well on Sedgefield greens he rated as playing at "major speed." He had 27 putts in the first round.
"I mean some putts out there that you can't even come close to leaving short of the hole," Garrigus said. "Kind of have to manage it and hopefully it hits the hole. If not you got a three-, four-footer coming back up the hill. I'm glad I'm putting well.
"... The greens are phenomenal. It's unbelievable the difference from what they used to be. It's very refreshing."
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Robert Garrigus has withdrawn from the Memorial Tournament due to the impending birth of his second child.
Garrigus was replaced in the field by Daniel Summerhays, who tied for fourth at last year's Memorial.
Summerhays has another claim to success in the Columbus area, too, after winning the 2007 Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational. The Web.com Tour event is played on the Scarlet Course at Ohio State.
Brad Fritsch is now the first alternate.
UPDATE: Garrigus' son, Andrew Riley, was born at 10 a.m. He weighed in at 6 pounds, 13 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long. Garrigus tweeted "thanks for all the well wishes and messages !!"
Ben Kohles hit 43 of 52 fairways to lead the field in driving accuracy at the Tampa Bay Championship.
||Winner: Kevin Streelman
|Driving Distance||270.8 (48th)||Robert Garrigus (301.4 yards)||T56|
|Driving Accuracy||69.23% (T11)||Ben Kohles (82.69%)||T7
|Strokes Gained-Putting||1.819 (3rd)||Cameron Tringale (2.098)
|Greens in Regulation||68.06% (T11)||E. Compton, J.J. Henry (73.61%)||T30/T51|
|Proximity to Hole||35' 5" (39th)
||Jim Furyk (28' 9")||T7|
|Scrambling||65.22% (T28)||Tag Ridings (82.76%)||T17
WEEKLY PERFORMANCE STATS ARCHIVE
Week 2: Sony Open in Hawaii
Week 4: Farmers Insurance Open
Week 5: Waste Management Phoenix Open
Week 7: Northern Trust Open
Week 8: The Honda Classic
Week 9: WGC Cadillac & Puerto Rico Open
Each week, PGATOUR.COM's Fantasy Insider Rob Bolton offers his Power Rankings for the weekly TOUR event as well as his Sleeper picks. But what about the players who don't make the Power Rankings but who can't really be considered Sleepers? Bolton will make one "wild card" selection from the large group of players who fall into that middle range but might rise up to claim the title. This week's pick is ...
Gets the benefit of the doubt despite a disappointing last-place finish (of 65) at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. He was making his debut at TPC Blue Monster at Trump Doral but still couldn't break 74 in any round. Climbed into a playoff last year at Copperhead with a closing 64. Ranked T5 in greens in regulation for the week and T2 in both eagles (1) and birdies (20). Currently 17th on the PGA TOUR in GIR and fourth in par breakers.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
MARANA, Ariz. -- Robert Garrigus came to Dove Mountain to play in his first Accenture Match Play Championship brimming with confidence.
Matt Kuchar, though, had the experience and his steady game won out over the go-for-broke-style of Garrigus.
Kuchar never trailed in this quarterfinal match, winning the second hole with a 4-foot birdie after Garrigus missed from 6 feet. He went 2-up when Garrigus made bogey at the third hole but Kuchar did the same at the fourth.
Kuchar's birdies at the sixth and ninth holes gave him a 3-up advantage at the turn and he went one better at No. 10 when Garrigus made bogey. But Garrigus won the 12th hole with a par when Kuchar couldn't get up and down from the greenside bunker and the 13th with a 25-inch birdie putt to claw his way back into the match.
Kuchar then made a 4-footer for birdie at the 15th hole to get back to 3 up, and the win was assured when the two men halved the 16th with pars.
Kuchar has lost to the eventual champ last two years -- bowing to Luke Donald in the 2011 semifinals and Hunter Mahan in the quarters last year. He has a 13-3 record at this event.
"It's nice to be still alive and playing tomorrow," Kuchar said. "Robert today gave me a couple holes early. I got off to a nice lead and then I stumbled a little bit there kind of three-quarters into the round and kind of felt like we were back in a battle again.
"I was pretty excited to hit some good shots on 14, 15 and 16 to be able to close him out and be able to hopefully go home soon and get some rest."
Garrigus said he thought he lose focus in the afternoon match after beating Freddie Jacobson 3 and 2 in the morning. His left wrist also locked up on him on the first hole.
"I still had a chance with making all those bad swings and hitting it in the bushes three or four times," he said. "If I kept it in the fairway in the afternoon, I would have been fine, but I kept hitting it in the darned desert.
"It was disappointing to lose the match, but all in all, it was a great week. Another top five in front of the stage that I wanted it in front of. It's not in Puerto Rico or México, this is a World Golf Championships, and it's all good things. I played well, Matt played well, we had a good time today, and that's about it."
SCORECARD STATS: Matt Kuchar made five birdies and three bogeys. Garrigus made three birdies, three bogeys and one double bogey.
HOLES WON: Kuchar won six holes. Garrigus won three holes
NEXT OPPONENT: Kuchar plays Jason Day, who beat Graeme McDowell 1-up in the quarterfinals.
MARANA, Ariz. -- At 7,791 yards, the Ritz Carlton Golf Club at Dove Mountain is right down Robert Garrigus' alley and he continued to build confidence with his third-round win over Fredrik Jacobson.
Garrigus won the par-5 second hole with a 22-inch birdie putt and the fifth with a 7-footer. A bogey at the sixth hole gave one back but Garrigus made birdies at Nos. 8 and 9 to make the turn 3 up.
Jacobson mounted a charge on the back nine, making three birdies in succession starting at No. 11 to square the match. But Garrigus answered with a 6-foot birdie at No. 14 and then drove the green at the 15th and made a 6-footer for eagle there to go 1 up again.
Jacobson lipped out a 5-footer for birdie at the 16th hole that would have pulled him to 1 down. An adventure in the desert with Garrigus safely on the green in two prompted Jacobson to concede the 17th and the match.
Garrigus, who is playing in his first Accenture Match Play Championship, says he likes the format.
"I make a lot of birdies, and if the guy I'm playing with doesn't make a lot of birdies, he's in trouble because I'm going to make some," he said. "I missed a lot of short putts today, too. I stuffed it on almost every single hole, put a lot of pressure on Freddie.
"It was a great match. He came back. I made a couple bad swings on 11, 12 and 13, he birdied all of them. ... It's just the nature of the beast. I make a lot of birdies, and if I hit it straight, I'm not going to make many mistakes, so it's definitely a good format for me.
SCORECARD STATS: Garrigus made six birdies, an eagle and a bogey. Jacobson made three birdies and no bogeys.
HOLES WON: Garrigus won seven holes. Jacobson won four holes.
NEXT OPPONENT: Matt Kuchar, who beat Nicolas Colsaerts 4 and 3.
"Matt is very consistent," Garrigus said. "I'm going to have to play well. I'll probably have to shoot 6 , 7 , 8 under again because I'm swinging it well and rolling it well, so it should be a lot of fun."
MARANA, Ariz. -- Big-hitting American Robert Garrigus, a No. 9 seed, upset Louis Oosthuizen, the top seed in the Hogan bracket, 3 and 2 in the second round.
With the earlier loss of Luke Donald to Scott Piercy, all four No. 1 seeds have now been eliminated. Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods lost in the first round.
Garrigus said he never felt like an underdog to Oosthuizen, despite the seeding.
"I felt like I was playing better than anybody coming in here, so whatever seed it was didn't matter," Garrigus said.
Garrigus indeed has been putting well this week, having needed just 47 puttsin the first two rounds. On Friday, he had eight birdies on his round, with four birdies putts coming between 7 and 11 feet. He now has 14 birdies through the first two rounds.
"I looked at all the guys in my bracket and I was like, 'I can beat him, I can beat him and I can beat him,' " Garrigus said. "If I'm putting well, I'm going to be hard to beat."
Garrigus won the first two hole but the match was all square through eight, as Oosthuizen played a bogey-free 2 under for the first eight holes.
But from there, Garrigus was a bogey-free 4 under in the final eight holes and Oosthuizen could not keep pace.
SCORECARD STATS: Garrigus carded eight birdies and two bogeys. Oosthuizen carded four birdies and one bogey.
HOLES WON: Garrigus won five holes. Oosthuizen won two holes.
NEXT OPPONENT: Garrigus plays Fredrik Jacobson in the third round of the Hogan bracket.
MARANA, Ariz. -- Robert Garrigus birdied five of his first eight holes to race out to a commanding lead en route to a 4 and 3 win over Branden Grace in Thursday's first round.
Garrigus, a No. 9 seed, now faces Louis Oosthuizen in the second round of the Hogan bracket.
Garrigus opened the match by making a birdie putt from 11 feet. He added another from inside 17 feet at the third and then another from 24 feet at the fifth.
His only slip was a double bogey at the 10th but by then, it didn't matter.
Garrigus is playing in his first Accenture Match Play Championship.