NORTON, Mass. – Robert Garrigus strode to the ninth green Saturday with a chance to carry some serious momentum into the final 36 holes at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Four putts later, his season was over.
Garrigus entered the week at No. 88 in the points race and in need of a strong finish to earn one of 70 spots available for next week’s BMW Championship. After an opening 73, he played the first 13 holes of his second round in 3 over before a 52-foot bomb off the fringe for birdie at No. 5 turned the tide. He went on to birdie Nos. 7 and 8, and arrived at the ninth hole – his last – at 2 over for the week, with the cut line safely established at 3 over.
His approach shot from the fairway left him 47 feet away for a fourth birdie in five holes, but from there things went awry quickly. His lag putt drifted 5 feet right, and he raced his par attempt 6 feet past. When his next putt failed to drop, Garrigus was left with a four-putt double bogey that dropped him to 4 over and outside the cut line, effectively ending his season.
A visibly frustrated Garrigus offered only one post-round comment: the sound of a wall being struck inside the scoring area deep within the bowels of the clubhouse at TPC Boston.