Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Golf

Bad end for Robert Garrigus at PGA Tour's Valspar Championship

PALM HARBOR — Robert Garrigus talked all week about how good the fishing is at Innisbrook. Next year he promises to keep his fishing poles at home.

Garrigus, the second- and third-round leader, started poorly in Sunday's final round of the Valspar Championship and didn't get much better. He double-bogeyed the par 4 third hole, bogeyed the par-3 fourth and double-bogeyed the par-4 sixth.

He made the turn at the Copperhead Course at 5-over 41 and never recovered. He finished the round at 4-over 75 and ended up three shots behind winner John Senden at 4-under 280.

"I know what I'm not going to be doing next year is fishing," Garrigus said. "I'm going to bring a chain saw out to this place and cut a few trees down. I kept hitting behind them all day."

Out of the blue: Scott Langley is 327th in the world rankings and was coming off a tie for 19th in the PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open last weekend. He missed the cut in his only other Florida tournament this year, the Honda Classic.

Starting the day, Langley was 4 under and just another player hanging four shots off the lead. But a solid 1-under 70 in windy conditions got the 24-year-old American right in the mix.

He finished third at 5 under, two shots behind Senden. It was the best finish for the second-year pro since the 2013 Sony Open, his first PGA Tour event. "I played to win (Sunday), and that's what I'll hang my hat on," said Langley, who attended the University of Illinois. "Man, I grinded. I'm a little bummed, but I know this will help me."

At least they were faster: Garrigus and playing partner Kevin Na got put on the clock in Saturday's round due to slow play. Na has been criticized in the past for playing slowly.

They were together again in the final round. They were not warned for slow play this time, something Na was quick to point out.

"For how much criticism I got, I'm proud of how I played (Sunday)," said Na, who shot 1-over 72 and finished one behind Senden. "I hope people talk about the fact that on every hole Robert and I were waiting for the group in front of us (Senden and Justin Rose). Every hole. That's with Robert being 5 over on the front and me being 3 over. If they didn't talk about that, then I don't know what to tell you."

odds and ends: Luke Donald (70) finished three back and now has been in the top 10 at Innisbrook for four straight tournaments, including the win in 2012. "I fought pretty hard (Sunday) and the last couple of days," Donald said. "This is a grind, this course." … Senden's 7 under is the second-highest score to win the tournament. Sean O'Hair won at 4 under in 2008. … Jonathan Byrd (73) earned $31,540 for finishing tied for 32nd at 2 over. He needed to make $166,517 in 10 events while on a major medical extension. He did it in his ninth event.

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