- Associated Press - Monday, November 15, 2010

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA. (AP) - One surged from behind to run away with the tournament. The other coughed it up and settled for second. Then both claimed victory.

Only at Disney World.

Robert Garrigus came back from five strokes down in the final round to win the Children’s Miracle Network Classic on Sunday, knocking Roland Thatcher to second in a bizarre ending that left each feeling like a winner.

Thatcher had to at least finish alone in second place to vault into the top 125 in earnings _ the cutoff for full status next year _ and keep his PGA Tour card. After he collapsed with three bogeys on the back nine, including on Nos. 16 and 17, he made a pressure-packed putt from 5 feet on the final hole to finish a solo second.

Just enough to keep his job.

“You’ll never see a happier guy who just vomited away a tournament,” Thatcher said.

The top two men know all about heartbreak.

Earlier this year, Garrigus made triple bogey with a three-shot lead on the 72nd hole at Memphis. The stunning meltdown allowed Lee Westwood to win his only title this year in a playoff victory that helped the Englishman earn the No. 1 ranking.

That loss was the only reason Garrigus was even at Disney.

He began the tournament 122nd in earnings and needed a strong finish to stay inside the top 125. Dozens more were either in the same situation or trying to move inside the cut line.

Garrigus shot an 8-under 64 in the final round for his first career victory on tour. He had eight birdies and no bogeys to finish at 21 under for the tournament, three shots ahead of Thatcher.

“It feels great to be able to close this one off and figuratively shut everybody up about Memphis,” Garrigus said.

Second place might even provide Thatcher some redemption, too.

He only needed to make par on the final hole in the final round of qualifying school in 2001 in West Palm Beach to earn his card. Instead, his approach shot bounced off the cart path and onto the clubhouse roof and it took him about three more years to reach the tour.

A similar disaster was avoided this time _ barely.

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