Robert Garrigus (FJ SuperLites 58117) shot an 8-under 64 to win the Children's Miracle Network Classic on Sunday, allowing him to keep his PGA TOUR card. He finished at 21 under to erase a final round five shot deficit, vaulting from 122 to 51 on the Money List, en route to earning his first tour victory."It feels great to be able to close this one off and figuratively shut everybody up about Memphis," Garrigus said.Earlier this year, Garrigus made triple bogey with a three-shot lead on the 72nd hole at Memphis, allowing Lee Westwood to win his only title this year -- a playoff victory that helped the Englishman earn the No. 1 ranking. This victory was certainly sweet redemption.Garrigus admitted his collapse at Memphis left him numb.But he had been through far worse, overcoming a drug and alcohol addiction more than six years ago. Garrigus spent a month in rehab, gained 25 pounds to get his strength back and -- with a cleared head -- moved from the Nationwide Tour to the PGA Tour."So, I really don't care (about Memphis)," said Garrigus, who earned $846,000. "This is just golf. I have a family that loves me. It's easier for me to go out there and say, 'Hey, whatever.'"If Memphis didn't happen, I don't know if this would have happened."In an interesting sub-plot to Garrigus' win, Troy Merritt won the Kodak Challenge in the final round of the 2010 Children's Miracle Network Classic. The contest designates a hole at 30 tournaments and keeps score throughout the year.
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Great article in the upcoming issue of Golf Digest about Robert Garrigus and his long climb from drug addiction and rehab to a PGA Tour victory last year and a top three finish at the recent U.S. Open.
This from Garrigus' caddie after the Open: "He finished like a champion. I haven't been on the bag long, but I've known Robert for a couple of years, and you won't meet a nicer guy," (Brent) Henley said, his eyes red and his voice breaking. "He's been through a lot, but you saw today he's got tons of game and tons of heart."
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Two weeks ago Luke Donald lost the world number one ranking to Rory McIlroy after holding it for 40 consecutive weeks. This week, Englishman Luke Donald, wearing custom FJ ICON MyJoys, emerged from a four man playoff to win the Transitions Championship at Innisbrook Golf Resort to reclaim the world number one ranking.
Beginning the day three strokes off of the 54-hole lead, Donald shot a flawless bogey free, five under par 66 to tie Robert Garrigus (FJ SPORT) and two other competitors for a sudden death playoff.
Donald, teeing off last in the playoff, narrowly missed his tee shot to the right rough. Hitting his approach shot first, Donald took dead aim striking a mid iron to within five feet of the hole. His playing competitors could not muster similar brilliance on their approaches and fell outside of Donald. With all of his playing competitors missing their birdie bids, Donald had the five footer for the win and the world number one ranking. Luke stroked the putt and watched it curl into the left side of the cup for the victory.
Luke Donald still has his eyes on this seasons first major stating, "I feel like I've achieved a lot in my career but this is perfect
preparation. I've got two weeks off now and can look forward to Augusta."
Rory McIlroy also chimed via twitter on the Englishman supplanting him as the top ranked golfer, "Well I enjoyed it while it lasted! Congrats @LukeDonald! Impressive performance!"
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Scott Piercy won the Canadian Open with a final round 67 to edge fellow FJ Ambassador Robert Garrigus by one. Piercy began the week with an eight under par 62 to take the early clubhouse lead; but with much work still left to do, he added a pair of 67's over the next two days to remain in contention.
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No player could catch the total, making Piercy the 2012 RBC Canadian Open Champion. This is Piercy's second career win and the victory moves him to 13th on the FedEx Cup leaderboard.
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