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July 29 2012

10:00 PM

Garrigus undone by putting

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.”

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