Category: Robert Garrigus

February 03, 2013

They Said It! Top 10 Quotes of the Week for Phoenix Open

Posted at 12:58 AM by Mike Walker

Tiger_quote1. "It was just so friggin' slow. We played just over three hours and nine holes, and three of them are par threes. It's like, come on, you know. I started losing my patience a little bit."

--Tiger Woods on the slow pace of play in his final round Monday at Farmer Insurance Open


Garrigus_quote2. “I ate at the golf course with my wife and my son, the guy drove us to the private airport, took off at 1:10, flew to the Phoenix airport, got in my car, drove home, unpacked kind of, like chucked my suitcases in the closet, sat down, turned the TV on and Tiger is on 17. And I was like, ‘Wow, is he pissed right now.’”

--Robert Garrigus on playing in the Farmers Insurance Open in the morning and arriving in Phoenix before it ended


Vijay_quote3. “I’m guessing that Vijay Singh doesn’t know the product has been called out by the PGA Tour specifically.”

--Sports Illustrated’s David Epstein on the magazine’s story about how Singh had used deer-antler spray, which contains a substance banned by the PGA Tour.




4. “You have to be careful about what you take. I try not to take anything now, really, other than Corona and vodka.''

--Lee Westwood on Vijay Singh’s deer antler spray




5. “As much as we spend all our time trying to be consistent, it's the inconsistent wins that are probably the most important thing.”

--Padraig Harrington at the Phoenix Open





6. “There's a big barrier, a Berlin Wall barrier, between 59 and 60.”

--Phil Mickelson after his putt for 59 just lipped out in first round of the Phoenix Open





7. “Obviously the golf gods giveth and they taketh away, so there you have it.”

-- Jim "Bones" Mackay, Mickelson’s caddie, on the missed putt for 59




8. “Golf needs a younger and more athletic image, and Nike has always had that. I'm young enough. I'm not sure I'm athletic enough. But I'll try!"

--Rory McIlroy on his endorsement deal with Nike



Sergio_quote9. “Unfortunately, we started making birdies and eagles, and I thought, ‘Well, what do we do now?’”

 --Sergio Garcia on making four birdies and an eagle on the front nine when he was considering withdrawing from the Omega Dubai Classic with a sore shoulder




10. "I tried to get him to play."

-- Caddie Joe LaCava on his boss Tiger Woods not playing the Northern Trust Open at Riviera this year

January 30, 2012

Robert Garrigus on Kyle Stanley: I wish I had his number

Posted at 11:49 AM by Cameron Morfit

Kyle-StanleyRobert Garrigus was nowhere near the scene of the accident when presumed Farmers Insurance Open champion Kyle Stanley [right] triple-bogeyed the 18th hole at Torrey Pines South on Sunday to fall into a playoff with Brandt Snedeker. (Not surprisingly, Snedeker won on the second extra hole.)

Garrigus, who triple-bogeyed the last hole to fall into a playoff he would eventually lose at Memphis in 2010, had struggled on Torrey's poa annua greens and bogeyed his last two holes to miss the cut at the Farmers, so he was back home in Scottsdale, Ariz., watching the back nine at Torrey on TV. 

"I left to go get a massage at 3:30 or 4 o'clock," he said by phone Sunday night. "I saw Kyle make a five-footer on 15 for par. I thought it was a lock; Brandt made bogey on 17. It was a four-shot lead with three holes to play."

Alas, just as Garrigus had buckled under the pressure of trying to win his first tournament in 2010, the enormity of what the winless Stanley was about to accomplish seemed to hit him all at once. He spun a wedge off the green and into the water, hit his fifth shot on the green and three-putted. 

"I saw what happened and thought, 'I'm one of the only guys in the United States who can relate to how he feels,' because I've been there and it's brutal," Garrigus said. "He'll win. It's not the end of the world, but it sure feels like it at the time."

Garrigus won at Disney at the end of 2010 and dedicated the victory to Tony Kornheiser, the co-host of ESPN's Pardon the Interruption, who had suggested fans might never hear from Garrigus again.

"He didn't know what he was saying," Garrigus said. "I got some good pub out of it. It was a lot of fun."

Similarly, he believes the first win for the shell-shocked Stanley might not be far off.

"I wish I had his number because I would call him," said Garrigus, who tied for third at the U.S. Open last summer and will make his first Masters start in April. "I'm sure I'll see him soon. I'll tell him, 'You've got to get there to blow it.' That's what Chris DiMarco said to me: 'You've got to get there to blow it, and you'll be there again. Don't worry about it. It's just golf.'"

(Photo: Kohjiro Kinno/SI)

December 19, 2011

Tweets of the Week: Feherty's holiday trip, Poulter's breakfast reading and Garrigus's rig

Posted at 11:34 AM by David Dusek

One last road trip for 2011 ...
Everyone wants to be home for the holidays, but not everyone can be. David Feherty (@Fehertwit) had a great reason to pack his bags this week.


Breakfast of champions
After winning the Australian Masters, Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) sat down to a traditional English breakfast and a little something to read. 



... meanwhile, back in the United States, Stewart Cink (@stewartcink) was doing the work he hopes will lead to a breakfast like Poulter's in 2012.


Batter up
It may not be baseball season here in America, but down in Venezuela, Jhonattan Vegas's (@JhonattanVegas) homeland, baseball is in full bloom. The winner of the 2011 Bob Hope Classic got a chance to show off his arm this week.

Whatever makes you happy
Last week it was a Pink Panther hat that made Paula Creamer (@PCreamer) smile. This week, it's a soda.


Boys and their toys
Robert Garrigus may like tiny putters, but he seems to have a thing for monsterously-big pickup trucks. In this message he says a new truck is on the way -- but his current beast doesn't look like it's been off-road too often.




June 30, 2011

Truth & Rumors: Garrigus admits using drugs on Nationwide Tour

Posted at 12:36 PM by Ryan Reiterman

Golf World's Dave Shedloski files a profile on Robert Garrigus, who's battled through addiction, attention deficit disorder and an embarrassing loss last year in Memphis to become a winner on the PGA Tour. Garrigus is also now exempt into the PGA Championship and next year's Masters and U.S. Open thanks to his T3 finish at Congressional.

But what stood out in the article was Garrigus admitting that he used to get high on the course (!) while playing the Tour, now known as the Nationwide Tour.

"Oh yeah, there were plenty of guys on the Nationwide Tour who smoked in the middle of the round," Garrigus says without blanching. "We always talked about it. You could go in the Porta John and take your drags.

"I had a very high tolerance, and I didn't know that it wasn't helping me," he says. "All you're thinking is that it feels good, so it must be good for what you're doing. It wasn't until I quit that I realized how stupid it was. But I don't regret any of it because it put me on the path I'm on now."

The period in question is the 2002 season, six years before the PGA Tour instituted drug testing. Ty Votaw, PGA Tour vice president of communications, said the tour had no comment.

Bubba Invades France
Bubba Watson is the latest American to take his talents to the European Tour, teeing it up this week at the French Open. It's Watson's first trip to France, and he didn't disappoint when he faced the media on Wednesday.

Q. I heard you went to Paris yesterday?
BUBBA WATSON: Yeah, yesterday.

Q. Did you like -- what did you see?
BUBBA WATSON: I don't know the names of all the things, the big tower, Eiffel Tower, an arch, whatever that -- I rode around in a circle. And then what's that -- it starts with an L, Louvre, something like that. One of those. And then we just went around to different shops, just kind of walked down the streets and went to different shops and just to see if there was anything we wanted to buy. Just kind of looked around and kind of [rode] around and really that's it, just to see stuff that we don't get to see normal[ly].

This might be the leader in the clubhouse for quote of the year. When asked why he's not staying over to play the Scottish Open next week before the British Open, Watson responded simply, "I want to -- how do I put this nicely? I want to have my own food for a few days and then come over."

Kaymer's Bar Tab Must Be Huge
It's hard to call Martin Kaymer boring after watching these videos of him "making" several holes-in-one.

Tweet of the Day



February 18, 2011

Garrigus makes first cut at Riviera after health scare

Posted at 7:01 PM by Cameron Morfit

Garrigus PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. -- Robert Garrigus shot a 2-under-par 69 at the Northern Trust Open on Friday, and his two-round total of even par will be more than enough to make the cut.

It will mark his first made cut here in three starts, which isn't bad considering he began this week feeling so bad he withdrew from Sunday's final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

"I woke up and felt really dizzy, and my heart was pounding," Garrigus said after signing his card Friday. "I was tied for 11th, so I would have played with a broken leg, but I was just really dehydrated. I sat in the ER [in Monterey] for like two and a half hours. They put two bags of fluid in me." 

Garrigus, who has become famous for his booming drives and his tiny putter since he broke through with his first win last season, is one of the hotter players in the game after having lost a playoff (to Jonathan Byrd) in the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions last month.

He started this week's NTO cold after forgoing the practice rounds. He went from Monterey to Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles to make sure he was okay to play golf, and doctors gave him a heart monitor to wear for 24 hours starting Tuesday afternoon. When his heartbeat checked out fine, he showed up to hit a few balls on the range Thursday morning before teeing off with Lucas Glover and Vaughn Taylor.

"I'm good to go now," said Garrigus, still sporting the ski cap he wore in Friday's cool, breezy weather. "My agent told me the top 10 in FedEx points after the West Coast get into Doral [for the WGC-Cadillac Championship]. I probably need a pair of 67s or so on the weekend."

Currently 12th in the FedEx Cup standings, Garrigus said his initial plans are to play only Tampa and Bay Hill on the Tour's Florida swing, and to take a few weeks to recuperate at home in Scottsdale, Ariz.

(Photo: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

November 15, 2010

Truth & Rumors: Mickelson almost DQ’d in Singapore

Posted at 1:49 PM by Mike Walker

P1-phil_298x278 Jim Furyk sleeping through his pro-am tee time at the Barclays remains golf’s knucklehead move of 2010, but Furyk got some late-season competition from Phil Mickelson, who left the Singapore Open in the middle of a weather delay Sunday and didn’t make it back in time for the re-start. Bernie McGuire of The Scottish Daily Record has the details:

There was a five-and-a-half hour delay after the storm hit just before noon [Sunday], flooding the Sentosa course and leading to an early finish for the final round.

Mickelson had played 11 holes and, knowing play would extend into today [Monday], the world No. 4 returned to his hotel room. He said: "I was under the impression play was going to resume at 7.30 in the morning so I left the course.

"I had to get myself a new hotel room, get my luggage off the plane and make sure my pilot was okay to stay another night.

"But when I got the message play was going to restart, I was lucky to have a driver who zipped his way back to the course.

"I ran on to the tee just as one of my playing partners had teed off. But the delay really didn't do me any harm as I went par, birdie. Not bad!

"I am just relieved I was not disqualified, so I am happy to accept the penalty."

Mickelson was penalized two strokes for being late but avoided disqualification because he arrived within 5 minutes of the restart.

Garrigus-Kornheiser named least-compelling feud in sports
Robert Garrigus’s disastrous finish at the St. Jude Classic in Memphis earlier this year (he blew a three-shot lead on the final hole and lost to Lee Westwood in a playoff) has already entered the annals of the game’s all-time flameouts, so his win at the Children’s Miracle Network Classic in Orlando was extra sweet. Especially since he got to respond to ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption host Tony Kornheiser, who said that Garrigus would never win on the Tour after blowing it in Memphis, according to the Golf Channel.

“I'd have to say this one's for Tony Kornheiser ... It feels good to prove people wrong."

Nice job, Robert, but no one will ever top Nick Faldo’s dig at the media after winning the 1992 British Open: "I just want to thank the press from the heart of my bottom.”

Scotty Cameron not taking Tiger's putter switch personally
Tiger Woods used his Nike Method putter on Sunday for his final round in Australia instead of the Scotty Cameron Newport putter he has had in the bag for 13 of his 14 major championships. Woods said he made the switch because of the slower greens at the Australian Masters. He used the Nike Method for the first three rounds of the British Open for the same reason before switching back to the Scotty Cameron for the final round.

Rick Young of talked to Cameron about Woods using the Method putter in a blog post last month, and Cameron didn't sound too concerned.

"Tiger is a loyal guy. I don't have the facts but Nike probably pays him a lot of money so he was probably showing some of that loyalty by supporting them and he should," he said. "The switch got some attention, sure, but when it comes right down to it he just has confidence in something he's had and won with the past 12-13 years. It's pretty vanilla really. Whatever I can do to help him, I'm here."

Fortunately for Tiger, he putted well on the back nine with the Method putter en route to a 65, or we might have seen this Onion headline: Nike Asks Tiger to Stop Using Method Putter

Stray Shots: Things we saw while counting down the 144 days until the Masters...

- Rachel Uchitel has applied for a private investigator’s license in California. We’re sure VH1 and Bravo executives are reading the reality-show proposal as we type this. (Via The Daily Mail UK)

- Celtics guard Ray Allen shoots so well after a round of golf that Coach Doc Rivers allows him to play on game days (as long as he takes a cart). (Via The Boston Herald)

- The Obvious Question of the Day, posed to Heath Slocum after he finished the Children’s Miracle Network Classic at 30th on the Tour money list, guaranteeing him a spot in the Masters and the U.S. Open.

Q. Is that a relief to know that you're in the Masters and the U.S. Open?


- Finally, we tip our hats to Lorena Ochoa Invitational winner In-Kyung Kim, who donated her entire $220,000 purse to charity. Kim also posed for photos in the pressroom, the nicest thing we’ve seen since Louis Oosthuizen bought the media champagne after winning the British Open at St. Andrews. Tiger, are you listening?


Photo from CNN Mexico journalist Karla Villegas Gama, via Twitter.

(Mickelson Photo: Stanley Chou/Getty Images.)

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