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Robert Garrigus goes from first to worst in a matter of minutes

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There was a winner and a loser in yesterday’s sudden death playoff at the St. Jude Classic. And then there was Robert Garrigus.

You see, Garrigus had a moment yesterday that would have made even Jean Van de Velde cringe in disgust. On the 18th hole at the TPC at Southwind with a three-shot lead over Robert Karlsson and Lee Westwood, all Garrigus needed to do was find ground and putt his ball up the hole for his first tour victory. Simple.

Only it wasn’t so simple, as Garrigus proceeded to implode in the worst way, absolutely shanking his tee shot into the water on his way to a triple-bogey 7 that just barely got him into a playoff. The sick look on his face said it all: he had just choked away a golf tournament that was in the bag.

Garrigus won’t be the last player to lose a tournament on the 18th hole; you just hope he learns from this experience and is a better player for it. At least he was man enough to talk to David Feherty after he missed a putt to stay in the playoff. I’m pretty sure nine out of ten golfers would’ve been in the car or punching a wall at that point.

But their was a silver lining to the epic collapse: Garrigus walked away with his largest paycheck in his tour career, $492,800 for finishing in a tie for second place.

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Written by Jonathan Wall

06/14/2010 at 10:52 am

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