Fred Couples Wins Senior British Open, Piercy Triumphs in Canada
Couples, 52, closed with a 3-under-par 67 yesterday at Turnberry, Scotland, to finish with a four-round total of 9 under 271. Fellow American Gary Hallberg was second.
“For me to win at Turnberry, it honestly doesn’t get any better,” Couples, who won the 1992 Masters Tournament, said at a news conference. “It’s one of the harder Open courses and I played really, really well for four days.”
Piercy followed up his opening-round 8-under-par 62 with a third straight 67 yesterday at Hamilton Golf & Country Club in Ontario. He finished 17-under 263 and received $936,000 for his second PGA title, having also won the 2011 Reno-Tahoe Open.
William McGirt was tied for the lead before making a bogey at the final hole to finish 16-under par. Robert Garrigus, the 54-hole leader, missed a 14-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole that would have forced a playoff.
With yesterday’s win, Piercy earned a spot in the World Golf Championship’s $8.5 million Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio. He said he’ll skip defending his title in Reno as both events are scheduled from Aug. 2-5.
“Getting into Akron next week is a little change of plans,” Piercy said. “I was supposed to be in Reno defending. So I have to apologize to Reno.”
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