October 24 2010
A 36-year-old rookie from Australia is threatening to take down some big names in the final round at TPC Summerlin. Just who is this Nationwide Tour grad?
Before this year, Percy's biggest claim to fame was having played a round with Tiger Woods at the JBWere Australian Masters last November.
Percy didn't even play golf until he was 16. He didn't turn pro until he was 25.
"I didn't have enough money to turn pro," Percy said. "I would have loved to turn pro at 21 or 22, but I couldn't afford to travel anywhere."
Percy can make up a lot of ground with a win this week. He's still tied for the lead with three others at 18 under, and he knows anything short of a win will keep him out of the top 125 on the money list. This week was just the 10th cut he'd made all year.
"I've actually hit the ball really good this year," said Percy, who ranks 40th in Greens in Regulation Percentage but 177th in Putts per Round. "When you miss the fairways by a foot or two, it's the worst rough. That's what I do, I miss fairways by two or three yards, not 20 yards, so you feel like you've got to hack it out to get it to the green sort of thing. I've been putting really, really poorly this year, too, so that doesn't help."
"If I can win, all of a sudden you're in bigger tournaments, free money tournaments basically," Percy said. "Those free money tournaments add up when you're trying to keep your card. Well, even if I finish fifth it would still bump me up to about 160th on the Money List, so a [top-five] isn't going to cut it sort of thing. It's amazing how much money you've got to make."