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Piercy hangs on, wins the RBC Canadian Open

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By Michael Williams

GolfWRX Staff Writer

The RBC Canadian Open is the world’s third oldest golf championship and in its history has seen more than its share of great golf and tense moments. The 2012 edition lived up to the tradition as Scott Piercy notched his second career victory, carding a final round of 3-under par 67 to finish at 17-under par 263. Piercy finished a single ahead of William McGirt and Robert Garrigus, narrowly avoiding a playoff with both.

Piercy carded his four straight sub-par rounds at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club, including a course record 62 in his opening round. He needed every stroke to as third round leader Garrigus and McGirt vied for the title on Sunday. Garrigus, who had set Canadian Open record of his own with a 54-hole total of 16 under par, looked like a good bet for his first win of the year. Instead, the long putter that had served him well earlier in the week left him cold in the final round.

Garrigus missed a number of putts inside 10 feet that would have clinched the championship for him, including an 8-footer for birdie and a tie with Piercy on No. 18. Equally disappointed was McGirt, who could have put himself in a playoff with a par on No. 18. McGirt put his approach in a greenside bunker, then chunked his third shot on the way to a bogey that left him literally racking his brains with his putter.

For Piercy, it was proof of how life changing a Tour victory can be. A Las Vegas native and boyhood soccer phenom, Piercy played on various mini-tours before becoming a Web.com tour member in 2008. He finished ninth on the money list to earn PGA Tour playing rights for 2009.

Piercy showed promise at the beginning of his PGA Tour career, recording five top-20 finishes in his first six starts, vaulting him into the top 100 of the Official World Golf Rankings in March 2009. In 2011, Piercy won his first PGA Tour event at the Reno-Tahoe Open. With the Canadian Open victory, Piercy becomes the 28th different winner on the tour this year and earns a two-year exemption,that will take him through the 2014 PGA TOUR season. He also receives invitations to the 2013 editions of Bay Hill, the Players Championship and the Masters.

Piercy seemed almost stunned in victory. “I know that I will be playing in Akron next week (at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational), and that’s about it.”

Equally stunned were McGirt and Garrigus. “I would have loved to have won the golf tournament,” McGirt said. “But I played very well all week.”

Garrigus had similar thoughts. “I should have won this golf tournament by seven shots. Everybody knows that,” said Garrigus, who finished a shot back of winner Scott Piercy. “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.”

For Garrigus and McGirt, it’s wait till next week. As for Scott Piercy, he just can’t wait till next week.

Michael Williams is the contributing editor of Newschannel8 Capital Golf Weekly and Bunkershot.com, as well as a member of the Golf Writers Association of America.

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Williams has a reputation as a savvy broadcaster, and as an incisive interviewer and writer. An avid golfer himself, Williams has covered the game of golf and the golf lifestyle including courses, restaurants, travel and sports marketing for publications all over the world. He is currently working with a wide range of outlets in traditional and electronic media, and has produced and hosted “Sticks and Stones” on the Fox Radio network, a critically acclaimed show that combined coverage of the golf world with interviews of the Washington power elite. His work on Newschannel8’s “Capital Golf Weekly” and “SportsTalk” have established him as one of the area’s most trusted sources for golf reporting. Williams has also made numerous radio appearances on “The John Thompson Show,” and a host of other local productions. He is a sought-after speaker and panel moderator, he has recently launched a new partnership with The O Team to create original golf-themed programming and events. Williams is a member of the United States Golf Association and the Golf Writers Association of America.

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  1. Troy Vayanos

    Jul 30, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Great effort by Piercy to shoot a course record and hang on to record his 2nd victory on tour.

    Garrigus would no doubt be very disappointed as the putts just didn’t drop for him on Sunday.

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Wedge Stamping Caviar: “The Traditional” Edition

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Pop open a tin of the finest beluga, GolfWRXers…But really, it’s less jelly-like substance, more richness of intrigue than salt-cured roe at Wedge Stamping Caviar as we present to you some of the finest instances of hammer-and-stamp work on the PGA Tour we spotted over the past couple of weeks.

Grab your mother-of-pearl spoon and dig in — with restraint, please. And be sure to check out the rest of our tour photo galleries when you’re done.

Patrick Reed with a fine articulation of what we’re calling “The Traditional” wedge stamping: First and last initials, usually in white or black. 

Here’s The Traditional on Keith Mitchell’s Mizuno T22 wedge as well as a slab o’ wedge tape positioned to raise CG.  

Tyler Duncan’s Traditional stamping on his Vokey SM10 also includes a note about head weight in Sharpie. 

The Traditional, again, this time for Cam Smith on his Vokey SM10 in Jet Black.  

Jason Dufner’s Cobra’s SB wedge bears his initials, JD.

A variation on The Traditional, Lee Hodges’ initials are surrounded by “RTR,” as is usually the case on his wedges — Roll Tide Roll!

Phil Mickelson’s PM Grind wedge has a saucy little 64 stamped on the toe and a slab of lead near the toe peak. 

John Rahm’s Callaway Jaws Forged wedge featured the motto of his LIV Golf squad, Legion XIII.

John Daly’s Sub 70 wedge is superb, featuring the logo of his alma mater, the University of Arkansas. WPS! 

Check out our tour photo galleries here.

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Photos from the 2024 Charles Schwab Challenge

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GolfWRX is live this week at Colonial Country Club for the Charles Schwab Challenge.

Custom Camerons and some “super” new grips from SuperStroke are filling our galleries early in the week as well as WITBs — including the always interesting “Cashmere Keith” Mitchell.

Check out links to our photos below, which we’ll continue to update throughout the week.

And while you’re making your way through our photos, be sure to check out last year’s incredible gallery of prototype and personal Ben Hogan golf clubs.

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Photos from the 2024 PGA Championship

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GolfWRX is on site this week at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, for the PGA Championship.

While we see fewer equipment changes and new gear seeding at major championships, we get a look at custom gear and looks into the bags of players we rarely see, which is just as exciting. In the case of the PGA Championship, this means a look at the gear some of the PGA Professionals who qualified for the tournament will be gaming, and LIV players, such as Jon Rahm and Patrick Reed.

Check out links to all our albums from Valhalla below and check back throughout the week as we continue to update.

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