Early birdies give Piercy Canadian victory

July 29, 2012 at 6:18 PM

ANCASTER, Ontario, July 29 (UPI) -- Scott Piercy grabbed the lead with four straight early birdies Sunday and then hung on to claim his second career PGA title with a victory at the Canadian Open.

Piercy matched the tournament record of 17-under-par 263 thanks to his final round of 3-under 67, tying a mark set by Johnny Palmer in 1952.

But he had to wait until William McGirt bogeyed the final hole at Hamilton Golf & Country Club to celebrate. McGirt (69) ended one stroke back at minus-16, tied with Robert Garrigus (70).

The victory gave Piercy a spot in next week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Bud Cauley and Josh Teater each fired 4-under 66s to finish knotted in fourth place with Chris Kirk (68) at minus-14.

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