Robert Garrigus, Good Guy - Cub Fan

He didn’t win it this weekend but he didn’t whine, cry, or blame others when he jammed his tying putt through the break late Sunday afternoon. When he finished his round he didn’t go hide waiting for the playoff, he stuck around, signed autographs, tousled kid’s hair, kissed his baby and hung out with the crowd. He blew a big lead on the last hole in Memphis last summer; there weren’t any excuses then either. The last tournament of the year he needed a bunch of money to keep his card; he won it. A few years back he was abusing himself with drugs, alcohol and anything he could get his hands on. A late night infomercial convinced him rehab was the answer and four years later he was hovering around the PGA Tour.

Garrigus bounced around the Nationwide Tour and mini-tours after turning pro in the late 90’s but he’s always been a Cub fan and all round good guy. Working for Robert Gamez a few years back we were often paired together and spent a lot of time between shots discussing the Cubs. If we passed each other on the putting green or practice tee there was always time to discuss yesterday’s game. He has time for everyone and you’ll find him eating in the caddy wagon as often as the clubhouse buffet.

In fact, Robert not only leads the tour in driving distance he surpasses everyone in buying meals at the caddy wagon. This week at the Hope he’ll probably pick up the tab for everyone…….FOR THE WHOLE WEEK! He’s got plenty of family money but you’d never know it. He and his sidekick “Shoestring” are good ol’ boys no one talks bad about. They’ve been together for awhile, made their mistakes, laughed about them and learned from them. There couldn’t be two better guys on a roll right now.

He’s the longest hitter with the shortest putter and the biggest smile. Up until this year the confidence wasn’t quite there but watch out now. His temper is just right to make him dangerously competitive plus now he’s working out in the off season and regularly working on his game. All the tools are there and he’s only thirty-two. His heroes were Sandberg, Dawson and Sutcliffe; I had to tell him a few stories about Santo, Banks, and Williams.

Not a bad last two tournaments for a guy who was drunk on his couch late one night in 2001 then decided to make a change. Today he’s quoting Ernie, “It’s a great day for a ballgame, let’s play two”! He’s also resting very peacefully at night with his dog “Wrigley” by his side. A young pro needs perseverance, being a lifelong Cub certainly develops the necessary traits . It all couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

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