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Monday, July 30, 2012

The Limerick Summary: 2012 RBC Canadian Open

Winner: Scott Piercy

Around the wider world of golf: Inbee Park won the LPGA/LET Evian Masters with a lights-out putting exhibition; Fred Couples won the Senior Open Championship on the Champions Tour; Bernd Wiesberger won the Lyoness Open on the ET; and Ben Kohles won his very first tournament as a pro at the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational on the Web.com Tour.

Piercy holds his prize

Scott Piercy has been so close lately. After missing cuts at the U.S. Open and the AT&T National, Piercy scored a T12 at the Greenbrier and a 3rd at the Steve Stricker Clas--, er, the John Deere Classic. He just couldn't seem to get over the hump.

Fortunately for him, some of his friends on the Tour gave him a little push. They didn't mean to, of course... but the result was the same.

Robert Garrigus and Will McGirt were both in full pursuit Sunday afternoon. But Piercy's decision to play a strategic game at the Hamilton Golf & Country Club, rather than his normal power game, left him in a very solid position -- sitting in the clubhouse with a -3 for the final round and -17 for the week. Under the pressure, McGirt bogeyed the final hole to fall out of a tie and Garrigus left his birdie putt just inches short. (Don't cry too hard for them -- McGirt still locked up his card and Garrigus is now just outside the Top 30 in the FedExCup. Not too shabby for either of them.)

Piercy seemed to struggle just getting his mind around his win. His only other win was last year's Reno-Tahoe Open, where he had planned to defend his title next week. Unfortunately, he is no longer able to do so -- unfortunate for the tournament, that is.

Fortunately for him, that's because he'll be heading for his first WGC event, at Bridgestone.

So this week, the Limerick Summary salutes the power hitter who played the strategic game he doesn't really care for -- and reaped the benefits. Apparently "But it's good for you!" is a good reason to do something after all:
Though he'd already locked up his card,
Scott's route to a win had been barred.
But he reined in his power
To be man of the hour;
Now at Bridgestone, again he'll drive hard.
The photo came from the front page at PGATOUR.com.

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