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Many golfers and caddies wore maroon ribbons Sunday in support of this event, which benefits the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Tournament organizers have set a Sept. 15 deadline to find a new title sponsor. Smith & Nephew stepped in this year as a presenting sponsor, but tour officials prefer a title sponsor.
With Garrigus' meltdown and the playoff drama, they certainly gave fans a show.
Garrigus, the 32-year-old pro from Scottsdale, Ariz., came into this event 377th in the world rankings and had never led a PGA event on the final day. The inexperience showed on the 72nd hole.
He put his tee shot into the lake lining the 18th fairway, took his drop and yanked his next shot into the trees left of the lake trying to go for the green with what he thought was a two-stroke lead. He punched out over the lake and wound up two-putting for triple bogey to at least make the playoff.
He called it "stupidity."
"It's little things to win," Garrigus said. "I've got to learn that, and next time I'm in that position I'm going to do it."
Playing that same hole again to start the playoff, Garrigus stayed away from the lake with a drive that landed behind a tree. His 13-footer for par went just outside the right edge for bogey as Westwood and Karlsson parred to advance.
Now it's onto Pebble Beach for Westwood who played 45 holes combined a week ago before heading to Memphis on a sponsor's exemption. Westwood plans to rest up a bit before Thursday's tee-time with Ernie Els and Woods after slogging through a heat index that reached 110 Sunday.
But he will be working on hitting his driver and woods a bit too after often hitting right into the rough, including on No. 17 where he flew an 8-iron over the green. He said he didn't make a big enough shoulder turn.
"You never stop working, even after a win," Westwood said.
DIVOTS: Woods was the last to win a PGA event, then a major. He won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and then the PGA Championship in 2007. Mickelson won the Masters in 2006 after taking the BellSouth Classic. ... Billy Maxwell won the inaugural event here in 1958, and Bob Lunn won in 1968 in making Memphis their first PGA title. ... Since 1961, this event has had six one-hole playoffs and three two-hole playoffs. ... This was the third playoff on tour this year and the 13th overall at Memphis.
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