Piercy learns to love Canadian Open

American holds nerve to clinch one-shot victory at Hamilton Golf & Country Club

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Mon, 30 Jul 2012

Piercy learns to love Canadian Open

Despite finding himself in a tie for the 36-hole lead, Scott Piercy complained about the 'boring golf' with which the classic layout at Hamilton Golf and Country Club demanded.

It's fair to say come Sunday evening, the 33-year-old from Las Vegas had been converted after clinching his second PGA Tour title in 12 months with a narrow one-shot victory at the Canadian Open.

“Hamilton is a great course but I just love to hit my driver a lot and you can't really do that too much around here,” said the big-hitting American, clarifying the reasons behind his comments on Friday evening.

“This week it was a case of not forcing the issue and taking bogeys out of play. I grabbed birdies when I could and it ended up pretty good.”

Piercy, who flew out the blocks with a stunning first-round 62, closed with a third consecutive round of 67 to claim a gutsy one-shot victory over compatriots Robert Garrigus and William McGirt, who fell out of the lead with a bogey at the final hole.

“I am so excited,” added Piercy, who will now head to his first World Golf Championship event this week instead of defending his Reno Tahoe title.

“I now have a change of plan and look forward to playing the WGC-Bridgestone. I must apologise to Reno but I know they are excited for me.”

Heading into the final round of the third oldest championship in golf just two shots off the pace, Piercy raced out the blocks with four birdies on his opening five holes to move into the outright lead.

The charge was quickly de-railed with bogeys at the par-3 eighth after finding the greenside bunker, and again at the short par-4 14th, which required Piercy to hole a downhill left-to-right putt from seven-feet.

But momentum was installed at the next when Piercy chipped in for birdie from the rough to move into a share of the lead. Despite making pars on the final three holes, it was enough to see him over the line after McGirt handed him the trophy when failing to get up-and-down from sand at 18.

Garrigus, who also finished in a tie for second, was left to rue numerous missed birdie chances from inside five-feet. He had every chance to tie Piercy at the last, but once again lacked conviction as his 12-foot putt came up agonisingly short.

With eight top-20 finishes already this season, including a third at the John Deere Classic in his last start two weeks ago, Piercy knew if his short game could match his long game exploits then he would always be a tough man to beat in Ontario.

“I felt like if I could get my wedge play sorted, I could get to where I wanted to in this game. I have got a lot of things figured out recently, especially at the John Deere,” added the American, who is 45-under for his last 12 rounds.

“It's been frustrating not to have won since Reno last August but you just have to believe in yourself, be confident in yourself and just know that you can get to where you want. If you keep working, good things can come and thankfully that has now happened.”

Piercy's winning score of 17-under matches the tournament scoring record established by Johnny Palmer at Winnipeg's St. Charles Country Club in 1952. The victory also pushes the American up to 13th in the FedEx Cup standings and makes him exempt for all the majors in 2013.

Canadian Open Final Leaderboard

-17 S Piercy (US)
-16 W McGirt, R Garrigus (US)
-14 J Teater, B Cauley, C Kirk (US)

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