The Loop

Garrigus' ailing shoulder the result of...a fist pump?

January 10, 2011

KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Robert Garrigus was looking forward to a day off, or even two, after his playoff loss Sunday to Jonathan Byrd in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

He needed it. He played the final round at Kapalua Resort's Plantation Course with a stiff and sore right shoulder. "I feel embarrassed to admit it, but I hurt it on 18 yesterday (Saturday) after I made that putt," Garrigus said sheepishly as he changed his shoes in the lockerroom. "I hadn't fist-pumped like that in a long time. I overdid it. It just didn't loosen up at all today."

Garrigus sank a 57-foot putt for eagle on the 18th hole Saturday that hit the back of the hole and popped in the air before falling in. He reacted with several emphatic fist-pumps as he climbed into a share of the third-round lead with Byrd and Steve Stricker. Despite the shoulder problem Sunday, he still shot a closing 6-under-par 67 to forge a tie with Byrd at 24-under par 268. Byrd won on the second playoff hole with a par after Garrigus three-putted from 50 feet.

Garrigus plans to compete in this week's Sony Open in Hawaii, but not before getting some treatment. "I definitely need a day at the spa, and maybe get it worked on," he said.

-- Dave Shedloski