Friday October 26, 2012
Garrigus soars on an eagle
CIMB Classic debutant Robert Garrigus posted a bogey-free 30 on the front nine before adding an eagle on the par-five 11th en route to a seven-under 64 in the opening round at the Mines Resort and Golf Club.
Greg Chalmers was the only other golfer to card a nine-hole score of 30 in first round.
Garrigus is joint second with Brian Harman and Jeff Overton – three strokes behind leader Troy Matteson.
Garrigus is looking to cap off a strong year, which has seen him posting seven top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour – including a runner-up finish at the Transitions Championship where he lost to Luke Donald in a playoff and joint second in the RBC Canadian Open.
“I’ve had a great year ... best of my career. It’s kind of where I’ve felt I needed to be the past few years. I just hadn’t put in the hard work ... so this year I put in the work and I’m getting the results,” he said.
“I’m looking forward to the next few weeks ... just to end the season on a good note, have fun and spend some time with the family in the off‑season. That’ll be nice.”
Garrigus, a winner on the PGA Tour – the Children’s Miracle Network Classic in Florida in 2010 – was excited with his eagle three on the 11th hole when his four iron approach from 258 yards landed three feet away from the hole.
“Gosh, that was probably one of the prettiest four irons I’ve ever hit in my life,” he said.
“I just smoked the four iron, hit it to three feet, made eagle, then made a great par save on the next hole. I think those three holes really kept the round going, then birdied a couple coming in.”
Garrigus will pair up with Overton in today’s second round. They are in the second last flight of the day – ahead of Matteson and Harman.