BETHESDA, Md. – No matter the tournament or temperature, Robert Garrigus loves Congressional CC.
Garrigus shot 4-under 67 on Friday to jump into a share of the lead at the AT&T National. In U.S. Open-style conditions, Garrigus took advantage of his length on this firm and fast setup.
'I hit 7-wood into (the par-5 ninth),' Garrigus said. 'I hit lob wedge into 18 (the 500-yard par-4), I hit 6-iron into 16 (another par 5). When I'm hitting it straight, I can take advantage of pretty much any golf course, especially this one.'
Garrigus has been hitting it straight a lot at Congressional. The Friday 67 was his 15th round under par in 18 rounds played at this venue, including four sub-par rounds at the U.S. Open last year. He now has six straight rounds better than par here. That's not to say this round was a walk in the park.
'I made some good putts for par, kept me going out there today,' he said. 'At one point I think I didn't make a par for about six or seven holes. It was kind of back and forth. But it was a lot of fun.'
While Congressional is yet to get Garrigus, his caddie, Brent Henley, was injured Thursday. Henley cut his head on the caddie trailer, forcing him to go to the hospital. After receiving treatment, he was on the first tee this morning.
'My caddie had 40 stitches put in yesterday at about 3:00, and he was out here this morning at 7:00 ready to go,' Garrigus said. 'That's pretty gutsy.'