Garrick Higgo’s second start on the PGA Tour was a winner as he prevailed with a 1-shot victory in the 2021 Palmetto Championship held at Congaree.
It has been a remarkable year and Higgo snatched victory after Hadley bogeyed at the final 3 holes to blow a 2 shot lead. Garrick Higgo, 22, shot 3 under 68 in the second tour event of his career. The incredible win gives Garrick Higgo PGA Tour status till the 2023 season.
An Incredible Win For Garrick Higgo
The tournament was a major disappointment for Hadley. He was cruising along at 13 under with 3 holes left. But on the 16th, his drive landed in a waste area. He then also missed the 17th plus even the 18th greens. That finally handed over victory on a platter to Garrick Higgo.
After an opening of 65-66-68, Hadley ended with a disappointing 75. Higgo fought to get within two shorts of Hadley. He also managed to save par from just 10 feet after missing with the first 2 shots on the 71st.
Higgo appeared sure to drop a shot when he drove into trouble on the 17th. He also scuffed his second into the trees, but then came back with an incredible 80-yard from a sandy patch to within 10 feet. He managed to escape with a par.
With only 4 greens in regulation time throughout the last round, Hadley was not able to pull another up and down when most required. He misjudged the line and pace with the third and then did not have enough break with the putt from 10 feet.
Higgo said that he was on another level after the win. He doesn’t want to put any unnecessary expectation on himself after his first signature win.
Higgo can now be assured of playing more frequently on the PGA Tour. He said he was now focused on his Race to Dubai challenge. The Palmetto tournament replaced the RBC Canadian Open called off due to the pandemic for the second year running.