Matt Kuchar Scott Piercy tied at Turning Stone

By Associated PressOctober 4, 2009, 2:17 am

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VERONA, N.Y. – Scott Piercy wants to be the first rookie to win on the PGA Tour this year, and he’s confident he can if he continues to do the things that helped him take a share of the third-round lead in the Turning Stone Resort Championship.

“I feel like my game’s where it needs to be to win,” said Piercy, who shot a 6-under 66 on Saturday to share the top spot with Matt Kuchar.

“I’m making a few putts, hitting it real solid, hitting lots of greens, which takes bogeys out of play,” Piercy said. “If I can hit 17 greens tomorrow, I like my chances for winning.”

Kuchar shot a 67 to match Piercy at 14-under 202 on the Atunyote Golf Club course.

With the sun shinning after two days of heavy rain, Kuchar took advantage of the soft greens to string together four birdies over a seven-hole stretch. Piercy had even better run, making four birdies in a five-hole span in the Fall Series opener.

“If you look at conditions like these, you’d be really disappointed to make bogeys out there,” Kuchar said. “I feel like you can fire at most greens.”

Rod Pampling (65) and Leif Olson (68) were a stroke back.

Nicholas Thompson (69) was two strokes behind.

Second-round leader Vaughn Taylor struggled Saturday, shooting a 71 to drop into a tie for sixth at 11 under with Fredrik Jacobson (69), Tim Petrovic (68) and Jonathan Byrd (67).

Mathias Gronberg tied the course record with a 64. He was 10 under. He matched the record set by Jarrod Lyle and Jeff Maggert during the 2007 tournament.

“When you start rolling in eagle putts, everything seems a lot easier,” said Gronberg, who lamented that he missed a 2 1/2-foot birdie putt on No. 14. “Obviously it was great weather today, and I took full advantage of it.”

Kuchar is seeking his first PGA Tour victory since 2002 Honda Classic. His best finish this year was a fifth-place tie at the Memorial in June.

“It’ll certainly depend on the weather. I know there’s a lot of good players up there close to the top, and this course, if it plays anything like it did today, it’s going to take another 5 or 6-under par to win. So you just have to keep the gas pedal down, just go after some birdies,” Kuchar said.

Piercy, a 30-year-old Las Vegas native, has two top-10 finishes this year.

This week, he’s had only one bogey, and he’s missed the greens only a handful of times.

“I’ve put myself in position to win at least … I mean I’ve driven it awesome this week,” Piercy said. “You know, the last group on Sunday, there’s pressures that go with that … I think the more that you put yourself there, the better you’re able to deal with it.”

Piercy birdied the 550-yard, par-5 fifth hole and followed with three consecutive birdies on holes Nos 8, 9 and 10 and added another on 12.

Trailing Kuchar through most of the round, Piercy finally snared a share of the lead with a birdie on the 15th hole. Piercy had a chance to take the lead for himself, but missed a 36-foot putt for eagle on the final hole and ended up settling for par after missing a short birdie putt.

Kuchar birdied No. 2 to start his scoring. He added another birdie on the sixth hole to tie Taylor for the lead and then birdied No. 8 to briefly claim the top of the leaderboard for himself. Kuchar added two more quick birdies after making the turn, but could only manage par on his final six holes.

Kuchar, too, was confident about his chances.

“I’m not much of a number guy. There so much adjusting that has to be done with the game of golf,” Kuchar said. “I imagine tomorrow if it gets late in the round and there’s a battle going on, it’ll be a little more nerves, but that’s the fun part about the game, to see how you can handle it.

“It’s another round of golf. It counts the same as round one counts. That’s just the way I look at it.”
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McCoy earns medalist honors at Web.com Q-School

By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 am

One year after his budding career was derailed by a car accident, Lee McCoy got back on track by earning medalist honors at the final stage of Web.com Tour Q-School.

McCoy shot a final-round 65 at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz., to finish the 72-hole event at 28 under. That total left him two shots ahead of Sung-Jae Im and guaranteed him fully-exempt status on the developmental circuit in 2018.

It's an impressive turnaround for the former University of Georgia standout who finished fourth at the 2016 Valspar Championship as an amateur while playing alongside Jordan Spieth in the final round. But he broke his wrist in a car accident the day before second stage of Q-School last year, leaving him without status on any major tour to begin the year.

McCoy was not the only player who left Arizona smiling. Everyone in the top 10 and ties will be exempt through the first 12 events of the new Web.com Tour season, a group that includes former amateur standouts Curtis Luck (T-3), Sam Burns (T-10) and Maverick McNealy (T-10).

Players who finished outside the top 10 but inside the top 45 and ties earned exemptions into the first eight events of 2018. That group includes Cameron Champ (T-16), who led the field in driving at this year's U.S. Open as an amateur, and Wyndham Clark (T-23).

Everyone who advanced to the final stage of Q-School will have at least conditional Web.com Tour status in 2018. Among those who failed to secure guaranteed starts this week were Robby Shelton, Rico Hoey, Jordan Niebrugge, Joaquin Niemann and Kevin Hall.

Els honored with Heisman Humanitarian Award

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 11:41 pm

The annual Heisman Trophy award ceremony is one of the biggest moments in any football season, but there was a touching non-football moment as well on Saturday night as Ernie Els received the Heisman Humanitarian Award.

The award, which had been announced in August, recognized Els' ongoing efforts on behalf of his Els for Autism foundation. Els received the award at Manhattan's PlayStation Theater, where Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy.

Els, 47, founded Els for Autism in 2009 with his wife after their son, Ben, was diagnosed with autism. Their efforts have since flourished into a 26-acre campus in Jupiter, Fla., and the creation of the Els Center for Excellence in 2015.

The Heisman Humanitarian Award has been given out since 2006. Past recipients include NBA center David Robinson, NFL running back Warrick Dunn, soccer star Mia Hamm and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon.

A native of South Africa, Els won the U.S. Open in 1994 and 1997 and The Open in 2002 and 2012. He has won 19 times on the PGA Tour and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.

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Monday finish for Joburg Open; Sharma leads by 4

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 8:57 pm

Rain, lightning and hail pushed the Joburg Open to a Monday finish, with India’s Shubhankar Sharma holding a four-stroke lead with 11 holes to play in Johannesburg.

Play is scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. local time.

South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen will have a 3-foot putt for birdie to move within three shots of Sharma wen play resumes at the Randpark Golf Club. Sarma is at 22 under par.

Tapio Pulkkanen of Finland and James Morrison of England are tied for third at 14 under. Pulkkanen has 10 holes remaining, Morrison 11.

The top three finishers who are not already exempt, will get spots in next year’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

 

 

Stricker, O'Hair team to win QBE Shootout

By Will GrayDecember 10, 2017, 8:55 pm

It may not count in the official tally, but Steve Stricker is once again in the winner's circle on the PGA Tour.

Stricker teamed with Sean O'Hair to win the two-person QBE Shootout, as the duo combined for a better-ball 64 in the final round to finish two shots clear of Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. It's the second win in this event for both men; Stricker won with Jerry Kelly back in 2009 while O'Hair lifted the trophy with Kenny Perry in 2012.

Stricker and O'Hair led wire-to-wire in the 54-hole, unofficial event after posting a 15-under 57 during the opening-round scramble.

"We just really gelled well together," Stricker said. "With his length the first day, getting some clubs into the greens, some short irons for me, we just fed off that first day quite a bit. We felt comfortable with one another."


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Stricker won 12 times during his PGA Tour career, most recently at the 2012 Tournament of Champions. More recently the 50-year-old has been splitting his time on the PGA Tour Champions and captained the U.S. to a victory at the Presidents Cup in October. O'Hair has four official Tour wins, most recently at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open.

Pat Perez and Brian Harman finished alone in third, four shots behind Stricker and O'Hair. Lexi Thompson and Tony Finau, the lone co-ed pairing in the 12-team event, finished among a tie for fourth.