SADGA FSP patron Garrick Higgo is the hottest player on the planet. His cumulative 68-under par total over the past three weeks has landed him two European Tour victories either side of a tie for eighth – a run which has seen the 21-year-old shatter a number of records.
Higgo’s win at the Canary Islands Championship Championship this weekend was breathtaking. Compared to his closing three rounds – the De Zalze Golf Club member’s opening round five-under 66 was relatively pedestrian. A Friday 63 left Higgo in second-place a shot adrift of Adri Arnaus. Over the weekend Higgo was unstoppable in his pursuit of a third European Tour title in eight months. A Saturday 64 which featured two two eagles, two bogeys and five birdies gave Higgo a two-shot 54-hole lead. The left-hander oozed class down the stretch – finishing his round with an eye-popping four consecutive birdies.
In the final round, Higgo refused to let up. Two birdies either side of a bogey in his first three holes signalled his intent. His round caught fire at the 6th though where he made a birdie before a magnificent ace at the par-3 7th from 158 yards extended his lead to a whopping six shots before he recorded another red-number at the 8th. Unflappable over the inward nine, the talk shifted from whether he’d win to whether he’d eclipse Ernie Els’ European Tour tournament scoring record of 29-under par. Three more birdies took Higgo to within a shot of tying the record but a bogey at the 16th and a closing par-5 meant he had to settle for a closing 64 and a 27-under par total of 257 – securing a comfortable six-shot victory over Australia’s Maverick Antcliff.
Up to fifth on the Race To Dubai, Higgo will now turn his attention to his Major Championship debut in the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island.
Facts And Stats Related To His Win
Garrick Higgo has won three times in 26 starts on the European Tour – tying Tiger Woods’ mark of fewest appearances by a three-time winner on the European Tour or PGA Tour since 1990.
A player has carded 257 or lower for 72-holes three times in European Tour history – Higgo accounts for two of those in the past three weeks.
With just 26 appearances to his name, Higgo is the fastest South African to three regular European Tour titles.