Born: November 11, 1977
Birthplace: Nampa, Idaho
Height: 5 ft 11 in
College: Scottsdale Community College
Turned Pro: 1997
Robert Garrigus’ grandfather introduced him to the game of golf as a ten-year old. Garrigus attended high school in Gresham, Oregon and helped lead Centennial High School to the 4A State High School Championship. He moved to Arizona for college and attended Scottsdale Community College.
Garrigus turned pro in 1997 and spent 3 years driving around the country playing the NGA Hooters Tour and the Gateway Tour. In the early 2000’s, he began to play the Buy.com (now Web.com) Tour. In 2005, Garrigus played in the year-end PGA qualifying school tournament. Garrigus finished in 9th place and secured his tour card.
Garrigus bounced back and forth between the PGA and Nationwide Tours between 2006 and 2009.
In 2010, Garrigus broke through on the PGA Tour. At the Fed Ex St. Jude Classic, Garrigus was in great position to capture his first PGA Tour victory. A disastrous triple bogey on the 72nd hole cost Garrigus his first win, a victory that would have secured his card for another season.
Instead of folding, Garrigus dug down deeper. At the last event of the season, the Children’s Miracle Network Classic, Garrigus entered the final round 5 shots behind the leader. He fired a final round 64 to win by 3 shots and, secured his tour card for the 2011 season.
At the 2011 U.S. Open, Garrigus shot all four rounds under par at Congressional Country Club. He finished in a tie for 3rd place, his best finish in a Major, and went on to make more than $1.5 million that season.
Garrigus has consistently been one of the longest-hitters on tour, leading the PGA in driving distance in 2009 and 2010. Gamez has played consistently the last several seasons, but is slumping in the first half of the 2015 season. Through July, he’s made the cut in just 10 of the 22 tournaments he’s entered.