Sometimes, things work out just fine after all. Take Robert Garrigus, for example, heretofore best known as the guy who fumbled away a three-shot lead on the 72nd tee earlier this year in Memphis.
Garrigus entered this last weekend's Children's Miracle Network Classic at No. 122 on the money list, needing to stay in the top 125 to get his card next year. Of course, had he not lost in Memphis, he wouldn't even be in this position, but here he was.
And while he was playing well in the tournament's opening rounds, Garrigus still found himself five strokes behind leader Roland Thatcher before he put on a clinic to win the final tour event of the season. He fired eight birdies to card a 64, Thatcher aiding the charge by stumbling to three bogeys on the back nine. Thatcher finished second, three shots back.
But Thatcher had a moment of drama of his own. He needed to make a 5-foot putt to secure his place on tour. Five feet, or right about the distance between your hands if you hold your arms out fairly wide. That's it.
He stepped up, examined the putt, backed away, watched it again, and then sent it rolling. The ball dropped in the cup, and that was that ... thankfully.
"It was obvious with my nerves the way they were, if I started thinking about what that putt meant, there was pretty much no chance I was going to shake one in the hole," Thatcher said. "So I managed to keep focused on the routine. Knowing I made a good stroke and to see the ball take off on the line I wanted to and knowing that there was nothing between there and the hole to stop it from going in was a great feeling."
So as it turned out, both Garrigus and Thatcher turned out OK. Magic Kingdom, indeed. And Garrigus had one final word on the season: "It feels great to be able to close this one off and figuratively shut everybody up about Memphis."
Consider us shut'ted up, sir. Well played.