Scott Piercy shot a final-round 67 to win the RBC Canadian Open by a stroke on Sunday.
It’s the second victory of his career and moves Piercy to 13th in the FedExCup standings.
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Scott Piercy has birdied each of his last four holes to take the lead by himself at the RBC Canadian Open.
As good as he has started, though, he has company.
William McGirt is just a shot back after playing his first five holes in 2 under.
Overnight leader Robert Garrigus is only two off the lead, while Scott Stallings is two more strokes back.
Since missing the cut at the U.S. Open and AT&T National, Scott Piercy has reeled off 10 straight rounds in the 60s, including a 62 and a 67 the first two days of the RBC Canadian Open.
During that 10-round stretch, Piercy is a combined 39 under (he tied for 12th at The Greenbrier Classic, was third at the John Deere Classic and has a share of the lead going into today’s third round).
Piercy’s best streak of sub-70 rounds prior to his current run came in 2009, when he played the last two rounds of the Bob Hope Classic and the first three rounds of the Waste Management Phoenix Open in the 60s. With 10 rounds under his belt in this event, Piercy has yet to post a score worse than par -- his even-par 72 he shot in the final round in 2009 his worst performance.
As for William McGirt, with whom Piercy shares the lead with, he earned a spot in the field this week thanks to a tie for fifth at last week’s True South Classic in Mississippi.
That was his best finish in 56 previous starts on the PGA TOUR.
After enjoying four under-par rounds at Annandale Golf Club in Madison last week, McGirt added his fifth and sixth consecutive under-par rounds with his 63-66 start at Hamilton Golf and Country Club.
The two will play in the final group of the day at 12:38 p.m. ET, along with Robert Garrigus, who is a shot back. How do you think they will fare? Discuss below.
A day after setting a course record, Scott Piercy had to temper expectations.
“You shoot 62 and think, oh, I've got it,” he said. “You expect to shoot another 62, which is -- to shoot 62, you've got to have things going for you. You've got to be making the putts. You've got to get the right bounces. I think you've got to be realistic with your expectations.”
Friday, Piercy had to settle for a 67, which was still good enough to give him a share of the early clubhouse lead with William McGirt at 11 under.
“When I shot 62, my expectation was to hit fairways and greens, and it just happened,” Piercy continued. “Knowing that it's generally tough to follow up a course record, I just wanted to hit a bunch of greens, a bunch of fairways, and let it happen again.”
He did just that, hitting 79 percent of his fairways and 72 percent of his greens on the way to four birdies and just one bogey.
Now Piercy will try to continue that trend.
This year, he’s finished in the top 25 10 times -- his best finish was a third at the John Deere Classic. In his last two starts, Piercy has finished in the top 12.
Despite the 62 earlier in the week, though, Piercy knows that’s more the exception than the norm at Hamilton G&CC, which played as the third-most difficult course on the PGA TOUR the last time the tournament was played there.
“I like to be aggressive and shoot at things,” Piercy said. “Because the greens are so severe in spots, you want to be below the hole, putting up into them. Here it's more playing for pars and hoping that the birdies fall.”
Three players have finished their first rounds of the John Deere Classic with 65s, leaving them one shot off Ricky Barnes' lead.
Garrigus, who ranks 30th in the FedExCup standings, made three birdies on the front nine and finished strong with a birdie and an eagle at Nos. 16 and 17, respectively. He is coming off a tie for fourth at the AT&T National and has two runner-up finishes this year, as well.
Piercy, who won his first PGA TOUR event last year in Reno, has been solid this season with four top-20 finishes in his last eight starts. He posted four rounds in the 60s last week at The Greenbrier Classic.
Choi has won eight times on TOUR, most recently at THE PLAYERS last year. He tied for fifth at the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions but hasn't finished in the top 10 since that event.
SILVIS, Ill. -- Tee times have been released for the first two rounds of this week’s the John Deere Classic. Here’s a look at some of the notable and more intriguing groups.
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Scott Piercy, Rory Sabbatini, Charley Hoffman: Piercy is coming off a top 15 finish at Greenbrier. Sabbatini and Hoffman both have top-five finishes recently -- but no wins.
Ted Potter Jr., Zach Johnson, Nick Watney: One week after his unlikely win at The Greenbrier, Potter finds himself paired with a couple of A-listers at TPC Deere Run. Johnson already has a win this season, and the Iowa native badly wants to win this event.
K.J. Choi, Jonathan Byrd, Stewart Cink: These three veterans all have multiple PGA TOUR wins -- but Choi's 2011 PLAYERS win remains the most recent. Byrd won this tournament in 2007.
Kyle Stanley, Steve Stricker, Camilo Villegas: Already with a win this season and three previous John Deere titles, Stricker is the favorite this week. He is paired with Kyle Stanley, whom he beat with a birdie on the 72nd hole last year.