By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
ATLANTA -- Scott Piercy, who claimed the 30th and final spot in this week's TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, is nothing if not realistic.
"I think Slim's about to leave the building," he said with a smile.
To have any chance win the $10 million bonus, Piercy needs to win the TOUR Championship in his debut. The 67 he shot on Thursday at East Lake left the two-time PGA TOUR winner in good position but the other dominoes that need to fall come Sunday are pretty daunting.
First and foremost, Piercy would need Rory McIlroy, who entered the week ranked first in the FedExCup, to finish 29th or 30th. Considering the fact that McIroy has won three of his last four starts -- which would include the PGA Championship and the last two Playoffs events -- that prospect doesn't seem too realistic.
"Rory's played so well, you should just give it to him. He's so far ahead going into this week,” Piercy said. “... So even if I win -- that's why I'm trying to take the positives. If I win, I finish second. It's still a million and a half for first place, and another $3 million for the FedEx, so I'll take $4.5 million.
“That would be sweet."
Piercy, who won the RBC Canadian Open earlier this year, didn't know for sure he would be playing in the TOUR Championship until Vijay Singh bogeyed three of his last four holes on Sunday at the BMW Championship. He sees his spot among the elite 30 as a stepping stone.
"Getting the doors it opens, and just being part of 30 guys from the whole TOUR, I think it says a lot to where my game has come from, and hopefully going to," Piercy said.