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August 15 2013

4:33 PM

Garrigus gains confidence at PGA

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."

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