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August 8 2011

1:30 AM

Win alters Piercy's plans

By Zak Kozuchowski, PGATOUR.COM Scott Piercy had vacation plans for next week, but he’ll be cancelling them. Piercy won for the first time on the PGA TOUR at the Reno-Tahoe Open, which qualifies him for the PGA Championship next week at Atlanta Athletic Club. The win also earns him 250 FedExCup points, moving the 32-year-old from 137th to 80th in the standings and virtually guaranteeing him a spot in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup which start Aug. 25. Piercy took a one-shot lead into the 72nd hole at Montreux. He needed only par to win after Pat Perez, who was playing in the group in front of Piercy, failed to get up and down for birdie from a greenside bunker. Piercy hit his drive on a cart path right of the fairway on the 616-yard par 5, but chose not to take relief. Doing so would have forced him to drop in the thick rough right of the path. So Piercy hit his second shot off the asphalt, punching his ball in the fairway 148 yards from the pin. The two-time Nationwide Tour winner then hit a wedge to just inside 30 feet, but rolled his birdie putt well outside his comfort zone, seven feet past the hole. He avoided a playoff by made the comeback putt, however, earning his spot in next week's event and a two-year PGA TOUR exemption.
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