Piercy wins Barbasol Championship
OPELIKA, Ala. — Scott Piercy won the Barbasol Championship on Sunday for his third PGA Tour title, closing with a 6-under 65 for a three-stroke victory.
The 36-year-old Las Vegas player made a 57-foot birdie putt on the second hole en route to his first victory since the 2012 Canadian Open. Tied for the third-round lead with Ricky Barnes, Piercy birdied three of four holes starting on No. 13 and finished at 19 under on Grand National's Lake Course.
Piercy began the season on a major medical extension after surgery on his right arm last year. He had also finished second at the Sony Open in Hawaii before capturing the inaugural Alabama event for players who didn't make the British Open field.
Birmingham native Will Wilcox was second after a 67, virtually guaranteeing a PGA Tour card for next season in just 13 starts. It was his second straight top-10 finish.
"That's something I never thought in a million years I would have done," he said.
Wilcox closed with two straight birdies, pumping his fists and hollering after sinking a 60-foot birdie putt on the closing hole. The former UAB player had once made dough at a local pizza place during a short time living in neighboring Auburn and estimated he had 50-60 friends and family members on hand.
"Having my family here, you always dream about doing something like that in front of them," Wilcox said. "Just the good vibes were flowing this week. It just worked out so well. My aunt and uncles, they'd never seen me play. The fact that I could finish solo second in front of them was pretty shocking."
Barnes, University of Alabama junior Robby Shelton and South Korea's Whee Kim tied for third at 14 under. Shelton shot 67, Kim 69, and Barnes 70.
Shelton, a two-time All-American, had four straight rounds in the 60s.
"It was amazing," said Shelton, from Mobile. "I played well, that's all I could ask for. To do this with a sponsor exemption, it's great. I mean, I'm speechless right now."
MARATHON CLASSIC: At Sylvania, Ohio, Chella Choi won the Marathon Classic for her first LPGA Tour title, beating fellow South Korean player Ha Na Jang with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff.
The 24-year-old Choi won in her 157th start on the tour.
With father Ji Leon Choi serving as her caddie, Choi closed with a 5-under 66 to match Jang at 14-under 270 at Highland Meadows. Jang, the leader after each of the first three rounds, shot a 68.
In the playoff on the par-5 18th, Choi chipped onto the green from 87 yards and two-putted from 25 yards for the par — holing a 1-footer. Jang bogeyed the hole after hitting approach long into high rough.
Second-ranked Lydia Ko, the winner last year, had a 67 to tie for second with Shanshan Feng at 13 under. Fend also shot 67.
AMERICAN CENTURY CHAMPIONSHIP: At Stateline, Nevada, Mark Mulder won the American Century Championship, holding off fellow former major league pitcher Eric Gagne by a point in the celebrity event.
Mulder finished with 82 points at Edgewood Tahoe in the modified Stableford event. Players receive six points for eagle, three for birdie, one for par, none for bogey and minus-2 for double bogey or worse.