Despite seeing all that snow piling up outside his window lately, The Man Out Front has been burning up with Olympic fever, already thinking ahead to golf’s return to the Olympic Games in Brazil in a little more than two years.
Little did he know that golfer Robert Garrigus had a close connection to the Olympic Games. His father, Tom Garrigus, was an Olympic trap shooter, winning a silver medal in 1968 in Mexico City and finishing outside of medal contention in 1972 in Munich.
The older Garrigus taught his son how to shoot, and Robert even won a junior state title in Oregon when he was a teen. But shooting wasn’t “athletic” enough for Garrigus, so it was replaced by baseball, football and even snowboarding until he broke his right leg on a board and golf took over as his safer sport of choice.
Garrigus’ old shooting mentality resurfaced at Riviera last weekend when he started to self-diagnose issues with his game and decided to revert to the trap-shooting mantra that his late father taught him.
“One shot at a time – because that’s all it is in trap shooting, is one shot at a time, literally,” Garrigus said. “So it kind of translated into my golf game… Just one at a time, don’t get ahead of yourself, don’t think about the next target, don’t think about the next shot, don’t think about the next anything. The most important one is the one you’re hitting, and it’s amazing how much that translates.”
For Garrigus, that would translate to a tie for 23rd and $57,955 into his bank account.
Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in the Feb. 21 issue of Golfweek magazine; click here to subscribe.