Piercy Celebrates His First PGA Tour Title
Scott Piercy hung on late to claim his first PGA Tour title at the Reno-Tahoe Open Sunday, with a final hole par for a 1-shot victory over Pat Perez.
Piercy shot a final round 70-273 total, 15-under-par, but had to make a nervous par on the par 5 18th. He played his second shot off the cart path to the right of the fairway. Piercy made the green on his third shot, but pushed his fourth shot seven feet past the cup, then converted the par putt for the victory.
“I am so excited,” he said after greeting his three kids and his wife Sara on the 18th green. “It’s not easy to two putt like that.”
Perez, searching for his first PGA Tour win in two years, missed excellent birdie chances on both 17 and 18 to lost out on a possible playoff and finish at 68-274. “Like everybody else I missed my share of 10 or 12 footers which you’re going to have all day long. No positive. Second, first loser,” Perez said after storming off the course, ripping off his golf glove and flinging it to the ground.
There was a tie for third at 13-under-275 between Steve Flesch (68) and Blake Adams (69). Jim Renner was alone in fifth at 68-276.
One day after shooting a course record 61, Piercy took a two-shot lead to the final day and started his round with a birdie on the par 4 first hole. He made two more birdies at No. 8-9 and made his only bogey on No. 14, but never lost the lead. He now qualifies for next week’s PGA Championship in Atlanta and the PGA Tour Fed Ex Cup playoffs in two weeks.
“I had a vacation planned for next week, but we will have to cancel. I really appreciate this,” the happy winner said.
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