Wednesday June 16, 2021 – Winning is great. Winning when you’re not supposed to is even greater. Winning by one stroke over six others in only your second PGA Tour event? Few things can top that.
By every measure, the semi-anonymous Garrick Higgo earned his W at Palmetto this past weekend.
The 22-year old shot a 32 on the back nine on Sunday, highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 12th. His short game was on fire. He seized his opportunity; a great story for all. We can’t wait to see what the young South African turns into in the coming years.
But hidden here is the tragedy of letting a victory slip through your fingers.
Chesson Hadley had a three-stroke lead heading into 16 on Sunday, only to finish with three straight bogeys 🤢. It would have been his first victory in seven years. Ouch.
Golf is a zero-sum game though, so we can only feel too bad for Hadley.
Instead we hope Higgo celebrated like any 22-year old (aka getting toasted with the boys), and brings this winning attitude to Torrey Pines. We imagine he can handle the hangover.
…and for those of you that don’t think he has a chance, his last 6 worldwide starts have gone a little something like this: 1st, T64, 1st, T8, 1st, T4 🔥.