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.