DUBLIN, Ohio -- Robert Garrigus has withdrawn from the Memorial Tournament due to the impending birth of his second child.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 !!"
Zach Johnson didn't play his best round but held it together for a 69. (Halleran/Getty Images)
By Fred Albers, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The best moment of the first round was a quiet exchange between caddie and player in the ninth fairway. Ryan Palmer had hit a 303-yard drive on his final hole and followed that up with a wedge to 5 feet. His caddie, James Edmondson, whispered, “Make that putt and you’ll tie my course record.”
Edmondson is a Colonial member and three-time club champion. With Edmondson's encouragement, Palmer made the putt for an 8-under 62. He knows the course so well, Palmer was not afraid to hit driver on most holes and knew his numbers so well, he never needed to look at his yardage book.
Frustrated: Zach Johnson seemed ready to make his move. He was 1 under and had 98 yards into the sixth green. Johnson pushed his sandwedge 10 yards right of the hole, into a bunker and made bogey enroute to a 69. It was such a bad shot, I wondered if Johnson had been in a divot. “Not a bad lie, just a bad swing,” was his answer. Frequently this season, Johnson seems ready for a charge that doesn’t materialize. He says a “lack of fundamentals” is the problem and while Johnson did not elaborate, he could be referring to his putting.
Johnson ranked eighth and 11th in strokes gained-putting the last two seasons but is 101st this year. He has always had an unusual address position while putting, with his hands even with -- or even slightly behind -- the golf ball. Johnson worked hard last season in getting his hands slightly forward at address but they appear to be even with the ball this year.
Inconsistent: Jason Dufner has had plenty of good rounds this year but has not had a good tournament. He has yet to post a top-10 finish and it’s puzzling. Dufner ranks 72nd in FedExCup points and is 47th in scoring average at 70.857. Dufner has struggled on the weekend, ranking 115th in third-round scoring and 165th in the final round. When a player consistently struggles, he knows he has to make changes. Dufner shows flashes of great play and then fluctuates. That is very frustrating for the player because the game keeps teasing him into thinking everything is fine and he doesn’t know whether to make changes or stay the course.
Color coordinated: Daniel Summerhays knows why he shot 65 in the opening round. Part of it was due to taking 23 putts and making nine birdies while averaging a tournament leading 1.182 putts per green. Those are all good reasons, but Summerhays wanted to talk about his clothing. He wore an orange shirt with gray pants and Summerhays says every time he wears that color combination he plays well. In fact, Summerhays says he might wash the shirt just so he can wear it again this week. If Summerhays keeps taking just 23 putts per round, it won’t matter what color combination he wears.
Let it fly: Colonial is known as a golf course for shot makers. The theory is you play for position off the tee, sacrificing distance for accuracy. Matt Every had a different plan and went with driver more than most other players. Every hit only eight fairways but averaged 302 yards off the tee. It led to a 5-under 65. Every reasoned a cool spring has lead to sparse bermuda rough and the course is not as punishing as it has been in the past.
Fred Albers is a course reporter for SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio. For more information on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio, click here.
Orange and gray have worked well for Summerhays this month. (Ehrmann/Getty Images)
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Earlier this month, Daniel Summerhays wore an orange shirt and gray slacks for the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship. He posted eight birdies that day en route to a 5-under 67.
On Thursday in the first round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, he wore the same outfit ... and tied his career-high with nine birdies en route to shooting a 5-under 65.
Coincidence? He thinks not.
"It's probably the orange and gray outfit," Summerhays said. "I seem to make a lot of birdies in this outfit.
"Maybe I can wash this a little bit and use it the rest of the day."
Had it not been for a double bogey at the par-4 ninth when his approach
shot landed in the water guarding the front of the green, he'd be right
on the heels of Ryan Palmer, the leader who shot a bogey-free 62 with
Summerhays had an early tee time Thursday, and with almost no wind, conditions at Colonial were ripe for scoring. He doesn't expect it to stay that way.
"It's going to start showing its teeth," said Summerhays, whose best result this year a a tie for seventh at the Valero Texas Open, his last start in the state. "I was glad to make the birdies while I could."
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Daniel Summerhays shot his second consecutive 3-under 69 in Friday's second round of the Valero Texas Open. That left Summerhays at 6 under and the clubhouse leader when he walked off the TPC San Antonio course Friday.
Here are some comments from Summerhays after his round:
ON MAKING A 7-FOOTER FOR BOGEY ON HIS FINAL HOLE: "That's exactly what you dream of having, a little seven‑foot, down‑the‑hill, slider for bogey. Just what dreams are made of (laughing). But, no, I hit a good putt. You're going to make mistakes. It just happened to be on the 9th (his last) hole."
ON HIS PLAY OFF THE TEE: "I drove it really well. There was only once where I was even in remote trouble on 18, and I got a good break there. So I think I hit almost every other fairway all day long. I'm not sure exactly; I'd have to go back and think through it. But, yeah, this course is very intimidating -- especially when the wind blows, it can get pretty scary out there. But I'm driving it well, and I'm looking forward to the weekend."
ON HIS PUTT THAT WENT OFF THE GREEN AT THE FIFTH HOLE: "Yeah, it was up and over, down the tier, and then it flattened and probably two paces after the hole it goes off the green. I just hit it barely too hard. It looked like it was only going to stop 3 feet past, and it just rolled right off the fringe. Again, you kind of chuckle at that kind of stuff. You chuckle at the thing on 9, and you don't have to play perfect to be right in contention. So I'm kind of taking that attitude. You just laugh at those and know you're going to make some birdies coming in."
BETHESDA, Md. -- What did Brandt Jobe's opening-round 1-under 70 feel like Thursday at the AT&T National?
A lot like the last time a golf tournament was played at Congressional.
"It felt like a U.S. Open round," said Jobe, who is the early clubhouse leader with Daniel Summerhays. "You just feel beat up when you get done."
Jobe had three bogeys, two birdies and an eagle.
Summerhays' round wasn't much different with one more birdie -- five -- than bogeys.
"Actually the conditions were perfect," Summerhays said. "There wasn't much wind, the temperature was fine. It's a very hard golf course, how it's set up. The hole locations are difficult, the greens are super fast. They're firm. The fairways are narrow, and the rough is really long, and the holes are really long, too."
In other words, expect scoring to be potentially higher than it was here a year ago during the U.S. Open when Rory McIlroy won at 16 under and second-place was 8 under.
"If you would have told me 1under before I played, I probably wouldn't have played," Jobe joked. "It's not going to get easier, it's going to get more difficult as the day goes on."
Following his second-round 71, Daniel Summerhays reflects on his play with Bob Stevens from SiriusXM PGATOUR Radio.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Daniel Summerhays has a soft spot in his heart for this area.
After all, his professional career started in Columbus in 2007 -- a few hours after he won the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational on the Scarlet Course at Ohio State.
He didn't get the first-place check of $126,000 because he was still an amateur when the final putt dropped. But Summerhays, who only had three classes remaining, quickly decided to forgo his senior season at BYU -- "It was a no-brainer," he said -- and take advantage of the exemption on the Nationwide Tour through the end of the 2008 season.
"So I love this town," said Summerhays, who is now in his second season on the PGA TOUR.
The 29-year-old from Utah is creating more good vibes this week at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide. He's 4 under through 36 holes on another Nicklaus' design at venerable Muirfield Village and is one shot off the lead at the midway point of the legend's event.
After he finished his 71 on Friday, Summerhays was reminded of the fact that the insurance giant is involved as a sponsor of both events. Might he be angling for a deal?
"I'll take any sponsorship I can get," Summerhays said. "My favorite, when I won in Columbus was 'the life comes at you fast,' that tag line they used to have, and it did. I had just been married for a year and a half. I won the tournament, we got pregnant, everything like that. So life came at me really fast that way."
Summerhays, whose uncle Bruce was a mainstay on the Champions Tour, now has three sons -- all under the age of 4. The youngest was born two weeks ago.
"All boys, so we've got our hands full," Summerhays said. "But they're my crown jewel in my life, they really are. I kind of get choked up when I talk about them. ... They're the light of my life, and it's all worth it.'
Once William gets a little older, Summerhays and his wife Emily will pile their brood back into the motor home that's been in storage for the last few months and once again travel the PGA TOUR. He thrives on the pandemonium that having three youngsters can sometimes bring.
"They energize me," Summerhays said. "I've got an amazing wife, too, and Emily does everything. She's a great caretaker to the boys, and she's so supportive of me. I feel really blessed in my life to have this profession and at the same time be able to have my family with me as much as I do."
Robert Allenby double-bogeyed the 72nd hole at the Mayakoba Golf Classic to fall to 15 under and into a playoff with rookie John Huh, who closed with a 63.
Chris Stroud had a shot to catch the duo at 15 under, but he also double-bogeyed the hole.
Matt Every and Colt Knost will tie for third after finishing 11 under. Overnight leader Daniel Summerhays shot a 73 and fell back into a tie for fifth.
FOLLOW THE PLAYOFF: Mayakoba Golf Classic
Daniel Summerhays shot a 4-under 67 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead over Chris Stroud in the Mayakoba Golf Classic.
The 28-year-old, who won the Nationwide Tour's 2007 Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational as an amateur for his biggest career victory, is seeking his first PGA TOUR win.
"Tomorrow, I'm just going to try and do the same things I've been doing all week," Summerhays said. "I'm going to try and hit the driver really well again. My swing feels really good, so I'm picking out good targets. I'm judging the wind correctly and I'm managing it well. ... I'm really looking forward to the opportunity tomorrow to take the lead into the final round of a PGA Tour event and see how I perform. "
Stroud had a 68. He and Summerhays are the only players with three rounds in the 60s on the Greg Norman-designed course.
Three players are tied for the lead at the Mayakoba Golf Classic, including Daniel Summerhays, Will Claxton and Greg Owen. Chris Stroud sits one stroke back at 7 under.
Summerhays fired a 6-under 65 to grab his share of the second-round lead. He made seven birdies on Friday.
“It's funny, you know, you start out Friday, and you got your goals ‑‑ you know, you gotta make the cut, first of all, to have a chance on the weekend, made a couple birdies early on,” Summerhays said. “I hit it to an inch on the third hole, so I started with a couple birdies, and it kind of just set me at ease there.”
Defending champion Johnson Wagner is tied for 43rd, while notables Greg Norman, the El Camaleon course designer, and Mike Weir missed the cut.