Former Aztec Men's Golfer Scott Piercy Wins RBC Canadian Open
July 30, 2012
SAN DIEGO - Almost a year since claiming his first PGA title, former San Diego State men's golfer Scott Piercy earned a one-stroke victory Sunday at the RBC Canadian Open in Ancaster, Ontario. Piercy edged runners-up Robert Garrigus and William McGirt by one stroke with a 72-hole total of 17-under 263 to earn the $936,000 first-place check at the par-70, 6,966-yard Hamilton Golf & Country Club.
Piercy began the tournament Thursday with course record 8-under 62, including two eagles, five birdies and just one bogey. He was tied atop the leaderboard after the second round and then found himself two strokes behind leader Garrigus heading into Sunday's final 18 holes. Piercy's third consecutive 67 was good enough to win the title, as he carded five total birdies, including four in a row, before ending with three straight pars to win by a single stroke.
Piercy played for the Aztecs from the fall of 1998 until the spring of 2000, capping his collegiate career with all-Mountain West Conference honors. He turned pro in 2001 and made his PGA Tour debut in 2003. The Las Vegas, Nev., native won his first career event at last August's Reno-Tahoe Open also by one stroke. He has 31 career top-25 PGA performances with 10 of those in the top 10 and has won over $5.3 million in prize money.
With the victory in Ancaster, Piercy is now ranked 13th in the FedEx Cup Standings (1,234 points) and will forgo a chance to defend his 2011 Reno-Tahoe Open title in order to participate in the World Golf Championships' Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, next week. He also earned a two-year PGA Tour exemption through the 2014 season and will be among the field for the first time next April at the Masters at Augusta National.