The top 30 in FedExCup points are headed to East Lake for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. Here’s a look at Robert Garrigus, one of the 30 players who will contend for the FedExCup title.
SCENARIOS TO WIN FEDEXCUP: For Garrigus to win the
FedExCup, he MUST win the TOUR Championship and have the following
scenarios fall into place:
> Rory McIlroy (No. 1) finishes in a 3-way tie for 12th or worse
> Tiger Woods (No. 2) finishes 5th or worse
> Nick Watney (No. 3) finishes in a 3-way tie for 3rd or worse
> Phil Mickelson (No. 4) finishes 3rd or worse
> Brandt Snedeker (No. 5) finishes in a 3-way tie for 2nd or worse
> Louis Oosthuizen (No. 6) finishes T-2 or worse
> *Tie for the FedExCup
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SEASON IN REVIEW: Garrigus was all smiles on Sunday at Crooked Stick where he played his way into the top 30 in the FedExCup standings. He shot all four rounds in the 60s and tied for fourth, which enabled him to move from No. 31 to 20th and earn his first start at East Lake. Garrigus had three runner-up finishes in 2012. -- Helen Ross
PATH TO TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP: Here’s a look at
Garrigus’s results in the first three events of the 2012
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PREVIOUS FEDEXCUP FINISHES: Here is how Garrigus has finished in previous Playoffs appearances:
EAST LAKE HISTORY: Garrigus is making his first start at East Lake.
ALBERS’ QUICK TAKE: Fred Albers, on-course
correspondent for SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio, provides a quick look at
He is scary long and has another putter change. We have seen Robert with a short putter, a long putter and now the "tweener." Probably should have won the RBC Canadian Open. Has worked hard on physical conditioning this year. A very approachable, likeable and talented player.
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Now it’s your turn. How do you think Garrigus will fare at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola?
By John Schwarb, PGATOUR.COM
Everyone knows that Robert Garrigus is crazy long throughout the bag. But the shortest club was key to landing a trip to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
Garrigus and Ryan Moore were the only two players to enter the BMW Championship outside the top 30 in the FedExCup standings, then play their way inside at Crooked Stick. Only the top 30 advance to the Playoffs finale at East Lake.
A T4 finish at the BMW lifted Garrigus from 31st to 20th, and during the week he was 11th in strokes-gained putting and T4 in putts per round with an Odyssey White Ice 2-Ball V-Line putter that went into the bag just the week before at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Garrigus’ key round at Crooked Stick was a Saturday 66 that featured no bogeys and an eagle-birdie-birdie run from the 15th through 17th holes.
“I've been really comfortable with that putter, that new putter, and I just needed (Saturday) to see one go in, and I finally got the eagle putt to go in,” Garrigus said. “That was a big one. And then the next two putts on 16 and 17 were right in the jar…”
On Sunday, Garrigus clinched his finish with a 69 that included a four-birdie streak on the back nine, starting with this 60-foot bomb at the 13th.
The putter is a conventional-length model, which is also a twist for Garrigus. He famously putted for a while – and won – with a 28.5-inch putter that looked like something out of a junior’s bag. Earlier this year he went completely the other way with a Scotty Cameron Big Sur 46-inch long putter.
Now, 33 inches looks like the magic number.
“You know, I really decided to do something I've never done before, and that's go to a regular length putter,” Garrigus said. “If I could just stroke it under pressure the way I wanted to, it was going to be good because I've never tried it before. It's 33 inches, and it's rolling great.”
SERGIO’S STUFF: Sergio Garcia, heading to East Lake next week at 12th in the FedExCup standings, had two new TaylorMade ATV wedges made to refresh his arsenal. He had a 50-degree (bent to 51) and a 58-degree (bent to 56) made, then he came by the company’s truck at Crooked Stick to put the finishing touches on the wedges with a personal grind giving slight relief to the heel and toe.
BITS: Hunter Mahan switched from the Ping Nome mallet putter that he had success with earlier in the season to a more conventional heel-toe blade at the BMW. He’s moving on to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, one of three players (Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker) to qualify for the Playoffs finale in all six years of the FedExCup. … Nineteen of the 30 players at East Lake will play Titleist balls. … Argentina’s Tommy Cocha won the inaugural PGA TOUR Latinoamerica event with a Titleist bag of equipment and a ProV1x ball.
WINNER’S BAG: Rory McIlroy at the BMW
Driver: Titleist 913D3 (Mitsubishi Diamana proto 70X, 8.5 degrees)
Fairway woods: Titleist 913Fd (13.5, 18 degrees)
Irons: Titleist MB (3-9)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM4 (46, 54, 60 degrees)
Putter: Scotty Cameron GSS
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Hoping to play his way into the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, Robert Garrigus rolled in a 60-foot birdie putt at the 13th hole during Sunday's final round of the BMW Championship.
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
If you ask Robert Garrigus, he shouldn’t have lost the RBC Canadian Open -- and it shouldn’t have been close.
“I should have won this golf tournament by seven shots. Everybody knows that,” said Garrigus, who finished a shot back of winner Scott Piercy. “If I could have just made a putt today. I don't know. It just wasn't starting on my lines. I hit a couple too firm and then I hit a couple too soft. I just couldn't get the feel for it.”
Garrigus took 33 putts in the final round and didn’t make a birdie until the 14th hole.
Two holes later, he gave it back with a bogey.
On the 18th hole, Garrigus had a 14-foot birdie putt to force a playoff with Piercy. He missed that one, too.
“I had so many easy putts today,” Garrigus said. “I hit it 6 feet on every hole it felt like today.”
He just didn’t make many.
Garrigus, who used to play with the shortest putter in the game at just 28 1/2 inches, switched to a long putter earlier this year. He said Sunday he’s still getting used to it.
It showed, especially on the 16th hole, where he missed a 7-footer for par to drop out of the lead. Two holes later, his birdie attempt came up short.
“It's a lot of fun to be able to do what we do, and that's what we live for, having to birdie the last hole to get in the playoff or win the golf tournament,” Garrigus said. “That's all I can ask. I just left it a bit short, and I'm sure I'll be thinking about that one.”
Is this Robert Garrigus’ week?
He’s certainly playing like it. Through the first three rounds, Garrigus is fifth in fairways, leads the field by 30 yards off the tee with a 324-yard average, is tied for first in greens in regulation and averaging 13 feet closer to the pin than the field average.
With numbers like those, and a couple of 64s, it’s a wonder he doesn’t lead by more than one.
This is the second time Garrigus has led going into the final round. The last time he did? The 2010 FedEx St. Jude Classic, where he led by three on the final hole only to make triple bogey and eventually lose in a playoff.
Garrigus won 5 months later for his only career victory, after which he talked about how he wouldn’t have been able to without the disappointment of what happened in Memphis.
He’s certainly played well this year with eight top 25s, including a couple of runner-up finishes and early this month he tied for fourth at the AT&T National.
Garrigus has company, though. Nine players are within six shots of him., and we’ve seen plenty of big comebacks this season.
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|Ernie Els vs. Vijay Singh||Two of the game's best over-40 players. Or best players, period.|
|Jim Furyk vs. Sean O'Hair||Furyk won here in 2006; O'Hair is defending champion|
|Matt Kuchar vs. Hunter Mahan||Mahan started the season on fire; lately, Kuchar's been hot|
|Brandt Snedeker vs. Scott Stallings||It's Vanderbilt (Nashville) vs. Tennessee Tech (Cookeville)|
|Robert Garrigus vs. Charlie Wi||FedExCup surprises in '12 -- both are on the top 30 bubble|
Three players have finished their first rounds of the John Deere Classic with 65s, leaving them one shot off Ricky Barnes' lead.
Garrigus, who ranks 30th in the FedExCup standings, made three birdies on the front nine and finished strong with a birdie and an eagle at Nos. 16 and 17, respectively. He is coming off a tie for fourth at the AT&T National and has two runner-up finishes this year, as well.
Piercy, who won his first PGA TOUR event last year in Reno, has been solid this season with four top-20 finishes in his last eight starts. He posted four rounds in the 60s last week at The Greenbrier Classic.
Choi has won eight times on TOUR, most recently at THE PLAYERS last year. He tied for fifth at the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions but hasn't finished in the top 10 since that event.
Following his second-round 67, Robert Garrigus reflects on his play in the 2012 AT&T National with John Maginnes from SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio.
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
BETHESDA, Md. -- Robert Garrigus is in contention at 5 under halfway through the AT&T National. But he’s more concerned about the health of his caddie, Brent Henley.
Henley was coming out of the caddie trailer on Thursday when he ducked under an overhang and came up too soon, cutting his head on a metal edge of the trailer. He went to nearby Suburban Hospital and received 40 stitches from Dr. Dean Jabs, who happens to be a big golf fan according to Henley and came in on his day off.
“I was thinking about him all day,” said Garrigus, who got veteran caddie Paul Fusco to fill in for the opening round.
Despite the injury, Henley was back on the bag Friday. Garrigus rewarded him with a 4-under 67 to enter the weekend with a share of the lead at Congressional.
“It hurt like crazy Thursday night,” said Henley, who couldn’t fall asleep until 3 a.m. “It swelled up this morning and that scared me."
Henley said he wouldn’t have been as worried if it wasn’t so hot during Friday’s second round when the heat index hit 104 degrees.
“He was out here this morning at 7 ready to go,” said Garrigus, who had Fusco on standby just in case. “That's pretty gutsy.”
So was Garrigus’ play on another difficult day of scoring. He had seven birdies on an afternoon when Congressional again played over par.
Still, Garrigus was worried more about Henley.
“Robert always worries more about everyone else than he does about Robert,” said Henley, whose head was heavily bandaged Friday.
Friday he had reason to given the conditions.
“Caddies already are carrying around 50 pounds,” said Henley, who was back in his hotel room Friday afternoon icing down his head. “It’s dangerous. I thought he might take [Paul] again. I don’t think Robert wanted me to caddie, but I told him I was fine. The doctor did a heck of a job.”
Henley wasn’t the only caddie battling injury this week.
Mike Hartford, who caddies for Pat Perez, pricked his index finger on a rose thorn over the weekend.
He thought he would be fine -- until 2 hours later when he had a high fever and was throwing up.
Hartford struggled through a redeye flight from San Diego to be at Congressional by Monday morning before receiving antibiotics.
Perez is one shot back of Garrigus after a second straight 69 on Friday.
By John Schwarb, PGATOUR.COM
Bubba Watson came up just short in his bid to win the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, but that’s about the only way to get “Bubba Watson” and “short” in the same breath.
Watson is leading the PGA TOUR in driving distance through the first 10 weeks of the season, and there’s not a close second. Watson is averaging 316.1 yards per drive, nearly nine yards ahead of Robert Garrigus (check out the full list here ).
At Doral, Watson and his all-pink G20 were, well, monstrous at TPC Blue Monster, with 37 drives of 300 yards or longer and a field-leading average of 318.4 yards. For the season, more than 62 percent of Watson’s drives have sailed more than 300 yards.
Should the Florida panhandle native hold on to his top spot, it would be the first time he’s led the stat since a three-year run as the TOUR’s longest driver from 2006-08. He was second in 2009 and 2010 to Robert Garrigus, and second to J.B. Holmes last season.
BELLYING UP: Thomas Bjorn used a belly putter for the first time in his career at WGC-Cadillac, an Odyssey White Hot XG No. 1 Protype Blade. He opened with two 68s before a 75-71 weekend left him in a tie for 24th.
Darren Clarke also had a belly in competition for the first time, a TaylorMade Ghost Spider.
TWEAKS: Phil Mickelson had new shafts, Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana a’hina 70x, in his Callaway Razr Fit driver and Big Bertha Diablo 3-wood. … Noted hybrid fan Y.E. Yang had a TaylorMade RBZ 3-wood in the bag at Doral, a 13-degree model to try to stay under the strong winds. … After switching to TaylorMade’s Tour Preferred MC irons in the offseason, Dustin Johnson returned to Tour Preferred MB irons – his 2011 sticks – at WGC-Cadillac.
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WINNERS’ BAGS: Justin Rose at the
Driver: TaylorMade R11, 8 degrees
3-wood: TaylorMade RBZ, 15 degrees
Hybrid: TaylorMade Rescue 11, 19 degrees
Irons: TaylorMade MB 4-PW
Wedges: TaylorMade ATV, 52, 56 degrees; Cleveland 588, 60 degrees
Putter: TaylorMade Ghost Tour Corza
Ball: TaylorMade Penta TP5
George McNeill at the Puerto Rico Open:
Driver: Cleveland Launcher Ultralite TL 310, 9.5 degrees
Fairway woods: Titleist 906F2 3-wood, 15 degrees; 5-wood, 18 degrees
Irons: Cleveland 588 Forged MB, 3-PW
Wedges: Cleveland 588 Forged, 54, 60 degrees
Putter: Nike Method 001
Ball: Srixon Z-Star XV