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Redemption, and More, for Garrigus

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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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