After Europe, PGA Tour gets a taste of Garrick Higgo’s talent

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After the win at Congaree, Garrick Higgo, a three-time winner on the European Tour, is immediately eligible for PGA Tour membership through the 2022-23 season and the 2021 FedExCup Playoffs. Photo: compleatgolfer.com
After the win at Congaree, Garrick Higgo, a three-time winner on the European Tour, is immediately eligible for PGA Tour membership through the 2022-23 season and the 2021 FedExCup Playoffs. Photo: compleatgolfer.com

Twenty-two-year-old Garrick Higgo won the Palmetto Championship at Congaree by one stroke to earn his first PGA Tour title in his second career start.

Higgo, a three-time winner on the European Tour, is immediately eligible for PGA Tour membership through the 2022-23 season and the 2021 FedExCup Playoffs.

Higgo is the first player to win in one of his first two career PGA Tour starts since Jim Benepe won the 1988 BMW Championship in his Tour debut.

Overnight leader Chesson Hadley bogeyed the final three holes and finished T2, becoming the first player to fail to convert a 54-hole lead of four strokes or more on Tour since Justin Thomas at the 2019 Genesis Invitational.

Satoshi Kodaira closed with a 69 for T19 for his third successive top-20 on Tour. He made four birdies against two bogeys in the final round to finish as leading Asian in the field.

Anirban Lahiri signed his best card of the week with a 67 to finish T25, snapping three successive missed cuts. He moved up seven rungs to 115th on the FedExCup rankings, with the top-125 at the end of the Regular Season qualifying for the FedExCup Playoffs and retaining cards for next season. Anirban made five birdies in his first seven holes and then dropped two bogeys against one more bogey in last 11.

If Higgo accepts membership, he is eligible for the 2021 FedExCup Playoffs and would move to No. 80 in the FedExCup standings.

The last non-member to win on the PGA Tour was Matthew Wolff at the 2019 3M Open.

Higgo became the youngest winner on the PGA Tour since Sungjae Im at the 2020 Honda Classic (21 years, 11 months).

He entered the final round trailing by six strokes, the largest 54-hole deficit overcome by a winner since Bubba Watson won the 2018 Travelers Championship (6).

Higgo is the second left-handed player to win on Tour this season (first: Phil Mickelson, PGA Championship).

He is the second player from South Africa to win on Tour this season (first: Branden Grace, Puerto Rico Open); last season with multiple winners from South Africa: 2015-16 (Charl Schwartzel/Valspar Championship, Grace/RBC Heritage).

Text courtesy: PGA Tour

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