Scott Piercy shot a final round 67 and was 17-under for the week, earning him a win at the RBC Canadian Open this past weekend. Piercy edged out Robert Garrigus by one stroke as Garrigus posted a Sunday round of 70, after going 64-66-64 the first three rounds.
In the end, Garrigus felt he lost the event more than Piercy won it.
“I should have won this golf tournament by seven shots. Everybody knows that,” said Garrigus. “If I could have just made a putt today. I don’t know. It just wasn’t starting on my lines. I hit a couple too firm and then I hit a couple too soft. I just couldn’t get the feel for it.”
Garrigus took 33 putts in the final round and didn’t card a birdie until the 14th hole.
Piercy, however, remained cool on the classic design course that is Hamilton Golf & Country Club – playing for position instead bombing his driver and firing at flags.
Piercy go busy early on Sunday, with four straight birdies after a par on one. He would give two back, with bogeys on eight and fourteen, but birdied fifteen to get back to three-under. From there, three straight pars to close out the round.
William McGirt was also in the mix down the stretch, getting to three-under on the day, after seven, and finding himself a top the leaderboard after rolling in a 10-foot birdie pull on three. Two untimely errors down the stretch were the difference, though. McGirt bogeyed fifteen and eighteen and cost himself a shot at the upcoming PGA Championship.
McGirt finished with a final round 69 and tied Garrigus for second place.
Piercy was headed back to Reno this week to defend his title from last year, but will instead head to Firestone for this week’s Bridgestone International, his debut in a World Golf Championship event. He’a also punched his ticket to the Masters next year, marking the first time he’ll ever step foot on Augusta National’s hallowed ground.
“I’ve always told myself I’m not going unless I’m in the tournament,” Piercy said.