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Robert Garrigus, Jeff Overton highlight Cognizant Classic's Monday qualifiers

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Monday Qualifiers


Chris Crawford, Michael Gligic also advance to PGA National

    Written by Staff @PGATOUR

    Three pros with ample PGA TOUR experience and a mini-tour dreamer punched their ticket to the Cognizant Classic in The Palm Beaches via Monday's open qualifier.

    Longtime TOUR pro Robert Garrigus earned medalist honors at the qualifier with a 7-under 65 at Tesoro Club's Palmer course in Port St. Lucie, Florida, with Chris Crawford and Jeff Overton one shot back at 6-under 66. All three earned spots at the Cognizant Classic without needing extra holes.

    Six players tied at 5-under 67, requiring a 6-for-1 playoff to determine the Cognizant Classic field's final spot. The playoff was suspended due to darkness Monday evening with three players still in the mix: Michael Gligic, Chris Nido and Kevin Tway.

    Gligic earned the final spot via the playoff on Tuesday morning.

    Garrigus and Overton have combined for 679 TOUR starts, while Gligic has made 107 TOUR starts but lost his card last fall. Garrigus holds conditional status as a past champion and veteran member, while Overton (also a veteran member) spent six years mostly sidelined due to injury but is attempting a comeback to professional golf. Crawford has competed in three U.S. Opens but never in a non-major TOUR event.

    Click here for all scores from the open qualifier.

    Read below for more on the Cognizant Classic's four Monday qualifiers:

    Robert Garrigus (7-under 65)

    Age: 46
    Hometown: Nampa, Idaho
    Alma mater: Scottsdale Community College
    PGA TOUR starts: 381
    Cuts made: 214
    Best PGA TOUR finish: Win, 2010 Children's Miracle Network Classic

    Notes: Made seven birdies in a bogey-free qualifying round ... Will make his first PGA TOUR start of 2024; holds conditional status as a past champion ... Made one cut in nine TOUR starts last season, a T27 at the Butterfield Bermuda Championship ... Has made five cuts in nine prior starts at the Cognizant Classic.

    Robert Garrigus Monday qualifies for Cognizant Classic

    Chris Crawford (6-under 66)

    Age: 29
    Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Alma mater: Drexel University
    PGA TOUR starts: 3
    Cuts made: 0

    Notes: Made eight birdies against two bogeys in qualifying round ... Has qualified for three U.S. Opens, hence known as a specialist on Golf's Longest Day (36-hole Final Qualifying for the U.S. Open), but this will be his first non-major TOUR start ... Has made 20 cuts in 27 career starts on PGA TOUR Latinoamerica, highlighted by a third-place finish at the 2023 JHSF Aberto do Brasil. Finished No. 18 on 2023 PGA TOUR Latinoamerica's season-long Totalplay Cup.

    Jeff Overton (6-under 66)

    Age: 40
    Hometown: Evansville, Indiana
    Alma mater: Indiana University
    PGA TOUR starts: 298
    Cuts made: 194
    Best PGA TOUR finish: Runner-up, four times

    Notes: Made six birdies and an eagle against two bogeys in qualifying round ... Has made 11 prior starts at the Cognizant Classic, highlighted by a T6 in 2011 ... Amid a comeback from a life-threatening infection suffered during a routine surgery for a herniated disk on his back; returned to competition in summer 2022 after making just one TOUR start in a six-year span ... Played four TOUR events in 2023 but didn't make a cut. Played eight Korn Ferry Tour events in 2023, missing the first seven cuts but finishing T23 at the Magnit Championship in August ... Competed for the U.S. Team at the 2010 Ryder Cup.

    Michael Gligic (5-under 67, advanced via playoff)

    Age: 34
    Hometown: Burlington, Ontario, Canada
    Alma mater: N/A
    PGA TOUR starts: 107
    Cuts made: 47
    Best PGA TOUR finish: T4, 2021 Corales Puntacana Championship

    Notes: Made six birdies against one bogey in qualifying round, then advanced via 6-for-1 playoff (completed on Tuesday morning) ... Finished No. 205 on last year's FedExCup Fall standings to lose PGA TOUR status ... First earned TOUR card via 2019 Korn Ferry Tour; season was highlighted by a victory at The Panama Championship. Also earned back his TOUR card via 2021 and 2022 Korn Ferry Tour Finals ... Spent 12 years as a hockey goalie before deciding to pursue golf ... Completed his final semester of high school online to move to the Orlando area and work with Sean Foley ... Played 88 events on PGA TOUR Canada, including a win and three runner-up finishes.

    Michael Gligic Monday qualifies for Cognizant Classic

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