AVONDALE, La. – Early Sunday afternoon, Robert Garrigus signed for an 8-under 64 – a “ridiculous” score given the 30-mph wind here at TPC Louisiana – gave a golf ball to the walking scorer and then buried his head in caddie Brent Henley’s shoulder.
Henley’s father, Sammy, a man nicknamed “Round Daddy,” died Tuesday in Chattanooga, Tenn. He was 81. Henley briefly considered skipping this week’s Zurich Classic, but his family told him to head here. They would push back the funeral to this Tuesday.
Blinking back tears on the back nine Sunday, Garrigus played one of his best rounds this season – coming home in 30 to rocket into the top 10 at TPC Louisiana.
“It was bittersweet,” he said. “I told his family that I was going to play for him, and that I was going to shoot the grass off this place. I didn’t know it was going to be on Sunday at 8 under in a 30-mph hurricane, but this was a special week.”
Admitting that he had lacked focus all week, Garrigus made the cut on the number before a third-round 68. In the final round, he ripped off eight birdies and an eagle, the latter coming on the par-4 13th, and also missed four putts inside 10 feet on the front side. “This could have been crazy,” said Garrigus, who finished at 14-under 274. “I got in a zone.”
Both player and caddie were crying on 17 green, but Garrigus pulled it together to pound a 374-yard drive on 18 that left him only an 8-iron into the par 5.
“It was a magical day,” he said.