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Robert Garrigus (born November 11, 1977) is an American professional golfer who is currently a member of the PGA Tour. He won the 2010 Children's Miracle Network Classic, the last event of the PGA Tour season, to guarantee exempt status on the PGA Tour through the end of the 2012 season.

Robert Garrigus
Personal information
Born (1977-11-11) November 11, 1977 (age 42)
Nampa, Idaho
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)
Nationality United States
ResidencePhoenix, Arizona
CollegeScottsdale Community College
Turned professional1997
Current tour(s)PGA Tour
(past champion status)
Former tour(s)Nationwide Tour
Professional wins1
Highest ranking35 (April 21, 2013)[1]
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT38: 2013
PGA ChampionshipT21: 2012
U.S. OpenT3: 2011
The Open ChampionshipCUT: 2011, 2013

Garrigus is one of the longest drivers in the golfing world, with an average drive of 310.5 yards in 2007. He is one of the few players who can hit a ball over 350 yards.[2][3] He led the PGA Tour in driving distance in both the 2009 and 2010 seasons with average distances of 312 and 315 yards, respectively.[4] He is also noted for using a putter only 28.5 inches in length,[5] about six inches shorter than a standard putter. However in 2012, at the Humana Challenge, he gave up the shorter putter for a 46" putter.[6]

Early yearsEdit

Garrigus was born in Nampa, Idaho[7] and spent most of his childhood in Banks, Oregon.[8] He attended Forest Grove High School, Crescent Valley High School in Corvallis, Oregon and Centennial High School in Gresham, Oregon.[5] In 1995, Garrigus finished first at the Valley League District Championships and later helped Crescent Valley High School to a 4A state championship by finishing T-9.[9] Garrigus attended Scottsdale Community College[7] later in 1995.

Professional careerEdit

Garrigus turned professional in 1997.[7] He played on the NGA Hooters Tour and the Gateway Tour from 1997–1999. He played on the Tour (now Tour) for the first time in 2000, and was also a member of the Nationwide Tour in 2002, 2004 and 2005.[5] He finished tied for 9th in Q-School in 2005 to earn his PGA Tour card for the first time.

2010 SeasonEdit

Memphis collapseEdit

At the 2010 St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tennessee, Garrigus, playing in the final group, had a three-shot lead going into the 72nd hole, a long par four. He pulled his tee shot into the water hazard which flanks the hole's left side. After taking a penalty drop a long way back, he hit his third shot straight left, caught a tree left of the hazard and fell straight down. He punched out to the fairway and hit his fifth shot onto the green, within 35 feet of the hole. He two-putted from there, resulting in a triple bogey 7. A three-way sudden-death playoff with Lee Westwood and Robert Karlsson then began. On the first hole they played, the 18th, Garrigus's drive carried too far and came to rest against the trunk of a tree, right of the fairway. He chipped out and hit his third shot to 12 feet. His par putt lipped out and he made bogey. Karlsson and Westwood both made par, eliminating Garrigus, who finished tied for second place. The playoff was eventually won by Westwood, who birdied the fourth sudden-death hole.

Orlando victoryEdit

Needing a high finish to earn his tour card for 2011, he entered the final day 13 under par and five shots behind the leader Roland Thatcher and one behind first-round leader Chris Stroud at the Children's Miracle Network Classic in suburban Orlando, Florida. Thatcher had reached 21-under in his third round, before a double bogey, bogey finish. After five birdies in his first seven holes, Garrigus caught Thatcher, who had parred his first seven holes.. Thatcher extended his lead with three birdies around the turn, before a bogey on twelve, as Garrigus in the group in front birdied thirteen, moving the pair level again. After Thatcher bogeyed sixteen, Garrigus held the solo lead in a tournament for the first time since Memphis. A further two-shot swing on the 17th, where Garrigus made birdie-3 to Thatcher's bogey-5, followed by a final-hole par, sealed his first professional win, by three strokes. With the victory, Garrigus earned an exemption on the PGA Tour through the end of the 2012 season. Prior to the tournament, Garrigus was 179th on the Tour, which would have meant a loss of his Tour card. Thatcher finished second.

On overcoming substance abuseEdit

Immediately after finishing his final round in Orlando, Garrigus spoke openly in a television interview on the Golf Channel, about his triumph over substance abuse, his subsequent improved play, and his joy at closing out the season with a tournament victory, which made up for his struggles at the Memphis tournament earlier in the season.[10]

In an article that appeared in Golf Digest in July 2011, Garrigus admitted that during the 2002 season, he and several other golfers on the Tour (then the Tour) smoked marijuana during events:[8]

"Oh yeah, there were plenty of guys on the Nationwide Tour who smoked in the middle of the round. We always talked about it. You could go in the Porta John and take your drags."

In 2003, he entered a rehabilitation center near San Diego for a 45-day program. His newfound sobriety was almost immediately tested. Before entering rehab, he had left money for his roommate to keep the house and pay bills. The roommate instead used it for drugs and gambling; when Garrigus returned the night before he was to play in a sectional qualifier for the U.S. Open, he found the locks changed and the electricity disconnected. The roommate had left town to avoid gambling debts, leaving behind a substantial quantity of marijuana and a note reading, "Hope rehab was great. Have fun." As Garrigus would say,[8]

"I stood there for a minute, and then I grabbed the weed and threw it in the garbage. Then I took the refrigerator and threw it out with the chicken, everything. I called the electric company to get them to turn on the power. When I wake up the next morning, I didn't realize until I get to the golf course that my roommate had been using my putter. So I race back to the house at 140 miles per hour, get my putter, race back just in time for my tee time. I have no warm-up, no caddie, and my clubs are on a pull cart. I shoot 70 and miss by two shots. I told myself that wasn't too bad after 45 days without hitting a ball. I knew then I was going to be OK."

2011 seasonEdit

In June 2011, Garrigus made his first ever cut in a major at the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club, posting all four rounds under par on the way to a tied third place finish. This result ensured Garrigus of an invitation to the 2012 U.S. Open[11] and the Masters. His 2011 season ended with over $1.5 million in earnings that included a playoff loss to Jonathan Byrd at the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

Garrigus took part in the Long Drive Contest for charity at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions alongside Bubba Watson and Dustin Johnson and finished third with a longest drive of 365 yards.

2019 seasonEdit

In March 2019, Garrigus was suspended by the PGA Tour for three months after testing positive for marijuana.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Garrigus currently lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife Ami, whom he met while in rehab, and a son born in September 2010.[8]

His father, Thomas, won a silver medal in trap shooting at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City.[5][8]

Professional wins (1)Edit

PGA Tour wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner-up
1 Nov 14, 2010 Children's Miracle Network Classic –21 (68-65-70-64=267) 3 strokes   Roland Thatcher

PGA Tour playoff record (0–3)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2010 St. Jude Classic   Robert Karlsson,   Lee Westwood Westwood won with birdie on fourth extra hole
Garrigus eliminated with par on first hole
2 2011 Hyundai Tournament of Champions   Jonathan Byrd Lost to par on second extra hole
3 2012 Transitions Championship   Bae Sang-moon,   Luke Donald,
  Jim Furyk
Donald won with birdie on first extra hole

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Masters Tournament CUT T38
The Open Championship CUT CUT
PGA Championship T62 T21 T25
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
"T" = tied


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
U.S. Open 0 0 1 1 1 1 4 1
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 3
Totals 0 0 1 1 1 3 11 4
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 2 (2012 PGA – 2013 Masters)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Week 16 2013 Ending 21 Apr 2013" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  2. ^ "2007 PGA Tour Driving Distance". PGA Tour. Archived from the original on March 13, 2012. Retrieved July 15, 2011.
  3. ^ "Long Drive Contest". Retrieved July 15, 2011.
  4. ^ "Stats from PGA Tour's official site". Retrieved October 1, 2011.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ a b c d "Biographical information from PGA Tour's official site". Archived from the original on June 29, 2011. Retrieved October 1, 2011.
  6. ^ Garrigus’ growing putter; Phil’s tweaks
  7. ^ a b c "Profile on PGA Tour's official site". Archived from the original on September 30, 2011. Retrieved October 1, 2011.
  8. ^ a b c d e Shedloski, Dave (July 4, 2011). "The Reclamation of Robert Garrigus". Golf Digest. Retrieved July 1, 2011.
  9. ^ Results of 1995 OSAA 4A Golf State Championships
  10. ^ Golf Channel, broadcast of 2010 Children's Miracle Network Classic, November 14, 2010
  11. ^ "Garrigus finishes tied third at the 2011 U.S. Open". The 2011 U.S. Open Championship. June 20, 2011. Archived from the original on June 25, 2011. Retrieved June 24, 2011.
  12. ^ McEwan, Michael (March 22, 2019). "PGA Tour star banned for failing drugs test". bunkered. Retrieved March 22, 2019.

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