Percy birdies 72nd hole to win in Missouri
August 10, 2014
By Royce Thompson, Web.com Tour staff
- Cameron Percy has all but locked up a return to the PGA TOUR. (Photo courtesy Bruce Stidham)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – In the 25th playing of the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper, Cameron Percy birdied the 72nd hole, at Highlands Springs Country Club, for a one-stroke victory. Percy carded a 68 on Sunday and finished at 21-under 267. The $121,500 first-place prize moves the Australian native to No. 12 on the Regular Season money list, likely netting him a return trip to the PGA TOUR.
“It feels unbelievable,” Percy said. “I’ve been playing well for a while. To get out with a win feels fantastic.”
Finishing one stroke back were Brandt Jobe (66), Zac Blair (66), Michael Kim (67) and Carlos Sainz Jr. (67), who were all in the clubhouse at 20 under as Percy played the final hole.
Rounding out the top 10, in a tie for sixth, were Justin Thomas (64), Ryan Spears (67) and Sebastian Cappelen (69).
As Percy approached his tee ball in the left rough on the par-5 18th he knew that he was tied for the lead. Kim had just finished up and was at 21-under for the tournament until he was assessed a one-stroke penalty for lifting his ball in the right rough. The bogey dropped Kim into a five-way tie for first. Percy thought long and hard on whether he should lay up or not. In the end, the PGA TOUR veteran hit a hybrid from 208 yards to the back of the 18th green. After a free drop from a sprinkler head, Percy got up and down for his first win.
“It’s amazing what goes through your head,” he said. “I got lucky that ball was next to the sprinkler.”
After Percy made the winning putt he was congratulated by a fellow Aussie who had finished a few hours ahead of him.
“Aron Price hung around,” he said. “That means the world to me.”
This win could not have come at a better time for Percy. The Raleigh, North Carolina resident is moving into a new house this week at TPC Wakefield and was planning to take the week off to oversee the move. With his TOUR card all but locked up for next season, Percy’s plans have changed. The father-of-three will take the next two weeks off so that he can be fresh for the start of the Web.com Tour Finals, which start with the Hotel Fitness Championship.
Sainz had a great chance to get to 21-under when he hit his third shot on the finishing hole to six feet. The Chicago native missed the birdie putt on the low side but saw plenty of positives from his play this week.
“It feels great,” he said. “This week it kind of came together. Unfortunately I just didn’t make the putt at the final hole and that was pretty much the deciding factor.”
It was not so easy for Kim, who was sitting at that magic number that would have forced a playoff before the one-stroke penalty. Even though he didn’t get to play extra holes, Kim has earned enough money with his finish in Springfield to qualify for the Finals.
“It’s pretty disappointing,” he said. “I played well this week and hopefully I’ll do well in the (Finals).”
Cameron Percy winner's interview after Price Cutter
• On Sunday, Cameron Percy earned his first Web.com Tour victory in his 131st start. Percy had finished runner-up six times prior to his win in Springfield.
• Percy wins at age 40 years, 3 months, 5 days.
• Percy’s final round in detail: 9 of 14 fairways, 15 of 18 greens, 29 putts.
• The conditions were soft throughout the week at Highland Springs CC and Percy was able to take advantage whether he was in the rough or fairway. Percy hit 61 of 72 greens for the week which ranked him T3 for the tournament.
• Percy’s victory is the second at the Price Cutter Charity Championship by an Australian. Anthony Painter won this event in 1998 with the same total of 21-under 267.
• This is Michael Kim’s best finish on Tour this season in just 12 starts.
• Kim was assessed a one-stroke penalty on the final hole of regulation for improperly touching his ball in the semi-cut.
“I was in the first primary cut and it’s been muddy all week. I wanted to check if there was mud on the ball anywhere for the lay-up. I marked it, I picked it up, and I put it back right where it went. The rules official came over because we weren’t’ sure if that was a penalty or not. And he told me it was a one shot penalty.”
• Zac Blair earned his best finish of the season with a bogey-free 66 on Sunday afternoon.
• Blair has moved up to No. 47 on the money list in just six weeks. The plan was to play the NEC Series – PGA TOUR Latinoamerica this summer but he was able to get into more events after his T7 at the Nova Scotia Open earlier this summer.
“I had a good solid week and a good round today to give myself a chance. I just take some confidence from this week, knowing that I can compete out here.”
• Carlos Sainz Jr. made a huge jump up the money list this week. Coming into Spingfield Sainz was No. 133 on the money list. The $44,550 jumps Sainz up to No. 68 with a chance of earning a place in the field for the Finals.
• Past Champions in the field this week:
Player Year won Scores Finish Chris Wilson 2012 68-66-69-68 – 271 T17 Hunter Haas 2010 71-65-65-74 – 275 29 Doug LaBelle II 2006 67-72-68-74 – 281 T54 Steve Friesen 2011 71-70 – 141 CUT Colt Knost 2008 69-73 – 142 CUT Justin Bolli 2009 70-73 – 143 CUT
• Scoring Averages for the week:
Front (36) Back (36) Total (72) Round 1 35.34 35.628 70.968 Round 2 34.761 34.645 69.406 Round 3 34.729 35.157 69.886 Round 4 34.643 35.043 69.686 Totals 34.938 35.126 70.064
• NEXT WEEK: The Web.com Tour heads back to the Knoxville, Tennessee for the 25th anniversary of the News Sentinel Open presented by Pilot at Fox Den Country Club (Aug. 11-17), the 20th of 21 Regular Season events on the schedule. Last year Peter Malnati fired a final round, 6-under 65 to come from three shots back and earn his first career title in just his seventh start on Tour. The $99,000 first-place prize moved Malnati up to No. 16 on the money list and ultimately earned him a PGA TOUR card for the 2013-14 season.