The PGA Tour held its inaugural Barbasol Championship over the weekend and American Scott Piercy came away the winner, as it appeared his surgically repaired elbow seems to be in as good shap– as does his golf game.
Piercy closed with a 6-under 65 on Sunday to win by three strokes.
He started the season with a major medical extension following surgery to his right elbow early in 2014. He said that sparked fears early in rehabilitation as to how he would fare upon returning.
The Las Vegas native, who is 36, made a birdie putt of 57 feet on No. 2 en route to his first win on tour since the RBC Canadian Open in 2012. He held the overnight lead with Ricky Barnes heading into the final round. Piercy birdied three of four holes between No. 13 and No. 16 finishing with a 19-under total on the Grand National’s Lake Course.
During his final round, Piercy was able to hit 17 of 18 greens in regulation striking the ball remarkably well and making enough of his putts to finish it off. Check out the irons he was using, thanks to GolfWRX:
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Piercy was second in Hawaii at the Sony Open this past January prior to capturing the event for those players who did not make it to the British Open at St. Andrews.
Piercy on Thursday bogey and double bogeyed in his opening four holes after just arriving on site the day before and not even having a practice round.
Will Wilcox, a native of Birmingham and Drake music enthusiast, finished second after carding a closing round of 67, which virtually guaranteed he would have his PGA Tour card next season after just 13 starts. Wilcox ended his final round with two consecutive birdies. On 18, he pumped his fists and hollered after he sank a birdie putt from 60-feet.
Barnes, Robby Shelton (a junior at the University of Alabama) and Whee Kim from South Korea all tied for third, some 5 shots back. Barnes shot a final round 70, while Kim carded a 69 and Shelton a 67.
Shelton himself has been an All-American twice collegiately and has recorded four consecutive rounds in the 60s over the week. His finish was the best on Tour by any amateur since Phil Mickelson was the winner of Northern Telecom Open back in 1991.
Barnes sought his first victory on the PGA Tour in 202 starts. However, his finishing 70 ended with a bogey on the last hole. It was Barnes’ best finish since he finished second at the U.S. Open in 2009.