Piercy takes the title in Canada

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Scott Piercy shot his third successive 67 on Sunday to secure the RBC Canadian Open title by one shot.

Scott Piercy shot his third successive 67 on Sunday to secure the RBC Canadian Open title by one shot.

Having begun the day three strokes behind overnight leader Robert Garrigus, it proved to be solid rather than spectacular play that saw the American home.

A run of four birdies from the second to the fifth put the 33-year-old firmly in contention and as his rivals faltered and he managed to two-putt from 50 feet on the last, seventeen-under became the score to beat – and it wasn’t.

“I’m a little speechless, to be honest,” said Piercy.

The winner admitted that a chip-in on the 15th – coming on the back of his only bogey of the back nine – was just the tonic to keep him on top in the closing stages.

“You never plan to chip it in on the 15th green on Sunday in the second-to-last group,” he admitted.

“There I thought I got a little unlucky with the drive and it didn’t catch the fairway, and then, I caught a little bit of a flier out of the rough, and lucky enough a good lie.”

Garrigus and William McGirt finished one shot back and Garrigus will be wondering how he failed to take home the trophy.

The 54-hole leader was simply unable to get going on Sunday, carding an even-par round of 70 that included one birdie and one bogey. With Piercy’s total of 263 tying the scoring record on the PGA, even simply was not enough.

“I should have won this golf tournament by seven shots. Everybody knows that,” lamented Garrigus. “If I could have just made a putt today.”

Bud Cauley, Chris Kirk and Josh Teater finished a further two shots back on fourteen-under.

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