Weekly Recap: Off Higgo-s!

Weekly Recap: Off Higgo-s!

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Garrick Higgo has an easy name to remember, a headline writer's dream, which works out well because we should be hearing and seeing it often in the years ahead.

The 22-year-old from South Africa made sure of that by winning just his second start in a PGA Tour event, the Palmetto Championship at Congaree, by one stroke over six other golfers, including a crestfallen Chesson Hadley. Higgo now is exempt on the PGA Tour through the 2022-23 season, is eligible for the upcoming FedEx Cup Playoffs and has zoomed to No. 39 in the world rankings.

We had heard bits and pieces about this youngster taking the European Tour by storm with three titles in eight months to approach the top 50 of the OWGR. But as we know all too well, there's European-Tour-good and PGA-Tour-good. (Tommy Fleetwood, why is your face turning red?)

Higgo, who played one season at UNLV in 2018-19, hadn't so much as played a pro tournament in the States or in a major until last month at the PGA Championship, which came on the heels of this third title at the Canary Islands Championship. Just making the cut at the Ocean Course – a tie for 64th – showed that this was no ordinary foreign import. 

He excelled mostly across the board at Congaree, ranking 13th in Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee, 11th in Approach, eighth in Tee-to-Green and 15th in Putting. That will win you some golf tournaments. Even his play around the

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Len Hochberg
Len Hochberg has covered golf for RotoWire since 2013. A veteran sports journalist, he was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years. He was named 2020 "DFS Writer of the Year" by the FSWA and was nominated for the same award in 2019.
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