NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. – The truth, however harsh, is the best defense and Robert Garrigus was a man at ease with his honesty on Friday at Aronimink Golf Club following a revealing story about his battle with drug addiction.
Specifically, Garrigus was quoted in a recent GolfWorld story saying, “Oh yeah, there were plenty of guys on the Nationwide Tour who smoked (marijuana) in the middle of the round. We always talked about it. You could go in the Porta John and take your drags.”
Early Friday before he teed off for his second round at AT&T National Garrigus told GolfChannel.com that he has not been fined by the PGA Tour for his comments and that an official told him that he would not be sanctioned.
“It was 10 years ago on the Nationwide Tour, which wasn’t even called the Nationwide Tour back then,” Garrigus said. “The guys that I knew who did it aren’t even playing golf anymore. It was just a story about my life.”
Tour executive vice president of communications and international affairs Ty Votaw declined to comment on whether Garrigus had been fined or suspended for his comments.
Former PGA Tour caddie and analyst for XM Radio’s PGA Tour Network Michael Collins told Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive” crew early Friday: “Why would anyone be surprised at that? It was a party time, the ’70s,’ 80s into the early ’90s for a lot of guys. I know of guys who have done stuff like that on the PGA Tour.”
Asked if he knew of players using marijuana during competition Collins said, “of course.”
“I don't think it happens today at all,” Collins added. “I don't think it's happened within the last 15 years on any tour other than Garrigus. There's so much more at stake now.”