Playing in the PGA Tour is lucrative – and 22-year-old Garrick Higgo’s earnings at the 2021 Palmetto Championship in North Carolina attest to this.
The talented South African golf professional player, who hails from Johannesburg, scored 11-under-par to earn his first PGA Tour win on Sunday (13 June).
Garrick Higgo’s earnings
By winning this year’s Palmetto Championship, Garrick Higgo earned a whopping $1,314,000 in prize money, translating to an eye-watering R18.1 million at current exchange rates.
Six other players came second at 10-under-par, splitting the second-place prize six way at $411,233 (around R5.6 million) each.
Remarkably, Higgo wasn’t in the lead going into the championship’s last day, but shot a 3-under 68 to edge Chesson Hadley, who held a four-shot lead at the start of the day, by one.
This is also only his second start on the PGA Tour, although he has won three times on the European Tour including the Gran Canaria Lopesan Open and Canary Islands Championship this year.
Following his win, Higgo improved his world ranking to 39 – his highest so far after playing in 48 events. Before the Palmetto Championship, he was ranked 52nd in the world, according to the official world golf ranking.
Speaking after his win, Higgo revealed that a call from legendary South African golfer Gary Player had inspired him, especially because he had been six shots behind the leader.
“He told me he’s done it before quite a few times, the way he’s won from six behind, seven behind,” the young golfing sensation revealed.
“He just said don’t think too much about what the other guys are doing; just kind of do your thing and stay up there, and you never know what could happen.”
Later on Sunday, Player congratulated Higgo on his win via Twitter, where he shared a picture of himself and Higgo.
“Seeing @garrick_higgo win his first PGA Tour event in only his second start has been one of the most enjoyable things for me to witness in my career,” he tweeted.
“He is without a doubt the most humble, well mannered young man that you could wish to meet. Watch this space, big things to come!”
Family and school
In a post-win interview, Garrick Higgo proudly declared that he loves his family. “I can’t wait to see my family. Hopefully they can come over. I’m very happy that my mom is here. I just love my family,” he said.
He was just nine years old when his father unfortunately passed away in a car accident, according to an interview he had with USA Today. His mom’s name is Susan, and he has an older brother called Michael and a younger sister called Calis.
Higgo, who was born on 12 May 1999, attended Paul Roos Gymnasium School in Stellenbosch, Western Cape. Established in 1866, it is the 12th oldest school in South Africa.