Piercy Comes Through In Clutch
RENO, NEVADA | When Scott Piercy looks back
at his first PGA Tour win, a victory on Sunday at
the Reno-Tahoe Open, he no doubt will remember
how he handled the critical holes down the stretch.
When Pat Perez looks back at finishing second, he no doubt will look at it as a golf tournament he gave away.
Piercy shot a final-round 70 to back up a third-round 61 to finish one ahead of Perez. But it wasn’t
nearly that easy. Piercy, needing a two-putt from
29 feet on the par- 5 18th hole to seal the victory,
ran his first putt seven feet by the hole but made
the comeback putt for the win.
Perez, on the other hand, was tied for the lead
going into the par- 4 17th hole and three-putted
from the fringe from about
50 feet, missing a nine-footer for par.
On the reachable par- 5 18th, Perez found a
greenside bunker in two, blasted out to eight feet
but couldn’t convert the birdie that would have
forced a playoff.
Piercy finished four rounds at Montreux Golf
and Country Club at 273, 15-under par.
His tournament was set up with the Saturday 11-under 61, a competitive course record at
Montreux, that included eight consecutive birdies
on the front nine.
Piercy, 32, is in his third full year on the PGA
Tour and his previous best finish was a tie for fifth
at the 2009 Honda Classic.
His best finish this year was a tie for sixth at
the RBC Canadian Open. He won twice in 2008 on
the Nationwide Tour when he earned his playing
privileges for the PGA Tour.
Entering Sunday’s final round, Piercy held a
two-shot lead on Josh Teater and started Sunday
with a birdie at the first and birdies at eight and
nine to turn in 3-under 33 and lead by three. But
Perez also turned in 33 and birdied the 12th and
13th to pull within one shot of Piercy.
The lead was relinquished when Piercy went for
the green at the drivable par- 4 14th and could do
no better than bogey. But Piercy made four critical
pars coming in to secure the win.
Perez shot a final-round 68 to finish 72 holes at
14-under 274. Steve Flesch and Blake Adams both
birdied the par- 5 18th to finish in a tie for third at
13 under. Adams shot 68 on Sunday and Flesch
turned in a 69. Rookie Jim Renner was fifth at
12-under 276, with a Sunday 68.
First-round leader Nick O’Hern led a group
of four at 11 under that included Canadian Matt
McQuillan, rookie Ben Martin and veteran Steve