Posted January 31, 2012 on AP on Fox
American golfer Robert Garrigus didn't see any reason to stick around for the finish. He had watched enough of the final round at Torrey Pines to see that Kyle Stanley, whom he described as ''exploding with talent,'' had a three-shot lead and headed for a sure win. Garrigus left for the spa to get a massage. It didn't take long for him to figure out what had happened. ''I got back to my car, saw my phone and it was blowing up,'' Garrigus said. ''I had six or seven text messages. I had four or five voicemails. I wasn't talking to anyone on Sunday, so there was no need for anyone to call me.'' He didn't have to read a single message. He didn't have to listen to a voicemail. He knew. ''I looked at my phone and thought, 'Uh-oh. He blew it,''' Garrigus said Monday evening. Among his priorities this week at the Phoenix Open was to find Stanley and offer the kind of advice that only comes thr...

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Robert Garrigus didn't see any reason to stick around for the finish.
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