14 Sep 2020 | Professional golf |
Percy's chance slips by
by Martin Blake
Cameron Percy's day began with such promise, but unravelled quickly in California today.
The veteran Australian set himself up with a great chance of a first-ever PGA Tour victory at the Safeway Open, a win that would have given him playing rights for two years and starts at the 2021 Masters, PGA Championship and Players.
But consecutive double bogeys on the front nine ruined his opportunity. At the par-four fourth hole he left a shot in the greenside bunker and made a six, then exacerbated his issues when he had to reload off the tee at the fifth. Another bogey at the sixth took him out of the running although he made eagle on the par-five 16th hole.
The Victorian shot a closing 74, two-over par, to finish tied-23rd behind 47-year-old Stuart Cink, who won his first tour title since the 2009 Open Championship. Cink closed with a 65 today and at 21-under, was seven shots ahead of Percy.
The other Australian who made the weekend, Cameron Davis, closed with a 67 to finish 36th.
JASON Scrivener rallied late to finish inside the top 10 at the European Tour's Portugal Masters. The Perth star closed with a 68 to continue his push towards the season-ending DB Championship field.
ROD Pampling shot a closing 70 to finish tied-17th on the PGA Champions tour behind Miguel Angel Jiminez.
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