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Monday, November 15, 2010

The Limerick Summary: 2010 Children’s Miracle Network Classic

Winner: Robert Garrigus

Around the greater world of golf: We had a lot of golf this weekend! Stuart Appleby nailed his 2nd win of the year at the JBWere Masters on the Australasian Tour (Tiger finished in solo 4th after shooting -6 on the last 6 holes); Laura Davies won the Hero Honda Women's Indian Open on the LET; In-Kyung Kim demonstrated the "scorched earth" approach to golf, posting a -8 final round to win the Lorena Ochoa Invitational (Suzann Pettersen had her sixth 2nd of the year, but she will jump from #5 to #2 on the Rolex World Rankings); Ryo Ishikawa won the Mitsui Sumitomo Visa Taiheiyo Masters on the Japan Tour; Miki Saiki won the Ito-En Ladies on the JLPGA; and Adam Scott continued his "return to form" with his 2nd win this year, the rain-delayed Barclays Singapore Open on the ET in a Monday finish.

Mickey presentss Robert Garrigus the Children's Miracle Network Classic trophy
Photo courtesy of PGA.com.

It was only June when we last saw Robert Garrigus, struggling down the stretch at the St. Jude Classic. He led by three but thought he was only two ahead, made some poor decisions, and tripled the 18th. It put him into a playoff that Lee Westwood won, thus blowing a chance to win his first tournament. Folks wondered how poor Robert would ever recover.

But Garrigus has seen his share of problems. Seven years ago his life was going nowhere due to an addiction to drugs and alcohol. He went to Calvary Ranch, a Christian-based rehabilitation facility in San Diego, and kicked his habits. You could say Cinderella found the biggest glass slipper of his life that day; it completely changed his future and gave him the chance to become a better person. He kept it all in perspective, focusing instead on what he had -- like a great family -- and not the tournament he lost. In addition, his friends on Tour all took time to help him deal with the loss. I laughed at what he says Kenny Perry told him: "Hey, I lost a Masters. It's no big deal."

Well, on Sunday Cinderella found the second biggest glass slipper of his life. Five strokes behind leader Roland Thatcher at the start of the day, Garrigus used his Tour-leading driving distance to not only catch Thatcher but win by three strokes.

I won't go into detail about the breakdowns that happened to other players along the way. Few of the leaders were guaranteed a Tour card when the day started, and the pressure simply took its toll. It wasn't enough to just beat par Sunday; players needed rounds in the mid-60s just to keep pace. (Garrigus shot an 8-under 64 -- the best of the day and absolutely amazing under the circumstances.)

Don't cry too much for Thatcher. His 2nd-place finish did secure his Tour card for next year.

Also saving his Tour card was Troy Merritt -- on the number. But after his draining -5 round barely squeaked by, good ol' number 125 had to go right back out into a playoff on the 17th hole -- the Kodak Challenge hole. Seems Merritt, Ricky Fowler, and Aaron Baddeley were all tied after the season-long race for $1,000,000 at -17. The playoff lasted one hole, as Merritt stuck his approach to 15 inches and tapped in for birdie. Not a bad day, huh?

But today's limerick belongs to Robert Garrigus. I guess you could say his golf game finally caught up to the rest of his life -- he's in the win column now:
His failures once made Robert Garrigus
So sick he turned green as asparagus.
But now his advisers
Have made him much wiser;
He’ll share if you ask—he’s not garrulous.

5 comments:

  1. I only saw one hole yesterday. Garrigus and Wetterich were some 70 and 40 yards ahead of Brian Gay off the tee. Talk about crazy long tee shots ! Brian Gay isn't long by Tour standards, but 40 and 70 yards shorter ? Yikes !

    Best possible day for Merritt. Had to make the wife happy. (lol)

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  2. Mrs. Garrigus looked really happy too. Their son is only a few months old, you know -- a two-year exemption is better news than a one-year, and Baby needs Pampers! ;-)

    Brian just didn't play as well yesterday -- he had 4 bogeys, equaling his first 3 rounds total. But I don't think anybody could have beaten Garrigus; he was pretty impressive. He had the lowest round of the day.

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  3. Well - it didn't matter much what Brian Gay did. It was all on Stroud. Guy just couldn't get anything going all day. Shooting even par when everybody in front of you is 4 / 5 / 6 / and 8 under just wont' get it done.

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  4. Yesterday seemed to be a "go low or go home" day almost everywhere. I mentioned In-Kyung Kim shooting 64 -- that would have tied the course record if Angela Stanford hadn't posted 63 to set a new one just a few holes before her.

    The person I feel most sorry for -- at any tournament yesterday -- was Suzann Pettersen. She was leading going into the final round for the third time this year, and she's just plain been beaten each time. Yesterday she shot -4 and still got beat. Like I said, that's 6 2nd-place finishes this year.

    Suzann did jump up to #2 in the world rankings and #4 on the money list though, so I guess it's not all bad for her. ;-)

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  5. At least Pettersen doesn't have to look back at her scorecard to figure out why she didn't get the winner's check. She didn't lose that tournament. Hope 2011 picks up with her playing this well and she starts closing.

    That broadcast was embarrassing. Did you notice the commentator saying that her second shot at 18 was a hanging lie with the ball below her feet ? That ball was almost knee high...I'm pretty sure the knees are above the feet...right ? I felt bad for Stephanie Sparks. Misread putts, bad yardages, wrong clubs... They really have to make some changes soon or they'll lose their audience.

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