If you haven’t had a chance yet to head over and read Robert Garrigus’s interview in the latest Golf Digest, I highly recommend it. Not only is it an interesting look at a player that doesn’t exactly fit the mold on the PGA Tour, it contains some very controversial revelations about drug use on tour.
I can’t say that I’m the biggest fan of Mr. Bassaholic, but I do admire his willingness to call it how he sees it. He’s never been shy about discussing his past drug and alcohol issues, but even so, his claim that he and other players used drugs during Nationwide tour events is pretty surprising.
Robert Garrigus was deadly with his wedges on Friday, shooting a 10-under 63 to take the lead at Kapalua. I guess he gets a lot of practice using his wedges given that he led the PGA Tour in driving distance last year. This eagle on 16 was his 4th wedge shot of the day that ended up inside of 2.5 feet.
The format was interesting. They played a two round elimination event. Each player got 3 shots and the ball had to be in play to count. They moved the players up to to the Women’s tees, bringing the overall length of the hole down to 455 yards from the normal 663 yards.
It’s often a hotly debated topic on internet golf boards: How do the longest driving PGA Tour Pros compare to the long drive competition specialists?
This week we may get an answer (or at least more fodder for the internet forums). At the 2011 season opener in Kapalua, Jamie Sadlowski, the current king of the long drive will square up against the 3-longest drivers on the PGA Tour, Robert Garrigus, Dustin Johnson, and Bubba Watson, on the 18th hole of the Plantation Course.
Michael Wilbon has it right. Garrigus obviously wasn’t being mean spirited. It was more of a good natured ribbing from Garrigus than anything truly malicious.
Either way, I’d like to see a golf match take place. 40 strokes from the women’s tees may be a little excessive (or maybe not – I’m guessing that Kornheiser isn’t exactly a scratch golfer), but it would be fun to see them get out on the course and settle this with a wager going to the charity of their choice.
I don’t know how I missed this one. After winning the Children’s Miracle Network Classic on Sunday, Robert “Bassaholic” Garrigus, basically gave Tony Kornheiser a big middle finger (or at least as close as they get in golf).
During his post round interview he said “”This win is for Tony Kornheiser who said I’d never win on the PGA Tour”. Ooh Burn. Personally I kind of like seeing somebody basically say “screw you” to his detractors after a big win. People complain that golf is too boring and that players need to show some personality. Garrigus certainly has personality.
It would have been cool if he had just used Lance Armstrong’s description of some of Kornheisser’s commentary regarding cyclists: “Disgusting, ignorant, foolish. What a complete f-ing idiot.”