February 23 2013
MARANA, Ariz. -- At 7,791 yards, the Ritz Carlton Golf Club at Dove Mountain is right down Robert Garrigus' alley and he continued to build confidence with his third-round win over Fredrik Jacobson.
Garrigus won the par-5 second hole with a 22-inch birdie putt and the fifth with a 7-footer. A bogey at the sixth hole gave one back but Garrigus made birdies at Nos. 8 and 9 to make the turn 3 up.
Jacobson mounted a charge on the back nine, making three birdies in succession starting at No. 11 to square the match. But Garrigus answered with a 6-foot birdie at No. 14 and then drove the green at the 15th and made a 6-footer for eagle there to go 1 up again.
Jacobson lipped out a 5-footer for birdie at the 16th hole that would have pulled him to 1 down. An adventure in the desert with Garrigus safely on the green in two prompted Jacobson to concede the 17th and the match.
Garrigus, who is playing in his first Accenture Match Play Championship, says he likes the format.
"I make a lot of birdies, and if the guy I'm playing with doesn't make a lot of birdies, he's in trouble because I'm going to make some," he said. "I missed a lot of short putts today, too. I stuffed it on almost every single hole, put a lot of pressure on Freddie.
"It was a great match. He came back. I made a couple bad swings on 11, 12 and 13, he birdied all of them. ... It's just the nature of the beast. I make a lot of birdies, and if I hit it straight, I'm not going to make many mistakes, so it's definitely a good format for me.
SCORECARD STATS: Garrigus made six birdies, an eagle and a bogey. Jacobson made three birdies and no bogeys.
HOLES WON: Garrigus won seven holes. Jacobson won four holes.
NEXT OPPONENT: Matt Kuchar, who beat Nicolas Colsaerts 4 and 3.
"Matt is very consistent," Garrigus said. "I'm going to have to play well. I'll probably have to shoot 6 , 7 , 8 under again because I'm swinging it well and rolling it well, so it should be a lot of fun."