Robert Garrigus impressed with his strong performance at the U.S. Open two weeks ago, a tournament in which he shot below par every single round. Only eight men have accomplished that feat including him. Garrigus is also known for having the tiniest putter on tour. He’ll also be known for being a past John Daly disciple.
In an interview with Golf Digest via FOXSports.com, Garrigus talked about his past addiction to marijuana that led to a stint in rehab. He has cleaned up since then and become a much more consistent player, but these stories are still pretty shocking. Take it away, Robert.
On his time at Scottsdale Community College, Garrigus says “It was all golf and partying. I never did hard drugs. I never did coke or LSD. It was just smoking and drinking and hanging out with friends. It was just a change for me, but the smoking got to be habitual: five, 10, maybe 20 times a day. I didn’t keep track of how much. I constantly needed to be high. And I took it to the max. Every single day. Mostly just smoking, smoking, smoking.”
Now if you think Garrigus saying he was on the Charles Rogers path is bad, wait til you hear this.
“Oh yeah, there were plenty of guys on the Nationwide Tour who smoked in the middle of the round,” Garrigus says without blanching. “We always talked about it. You could go in the Porta John and take your drags.”
“I had a very high tolerance, and I didn’t know that it wasn’t helping me,” he says. “All you’re thinking is that it feels good, so it must be good for what you’re doing. It wasn’t until I quit that I realized how stupid it was. But I don’t regret any of it because it put me on the path I’m on now.”
Given what John Daly’s ex-wife said about what happens on the course at TPC Southwind in Memphis, hearing that players were toking up during rounds is not too surprising.
Given all that, you have to wonder how Garrigus never realized that being a perma-stoner was a bad idea. At least he’s figured out by now that fat stoned and stupid is no way to go through life. Least he has that going for him. That, and total consciousness.Google+