Cameron Percy in action this week. Photo Andy Lyons Getty Images
Australian Cameron Percy has finished in a share of 7th place at the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open, recording one of his best finishes on the PGA Tour in the process.
Percy began the final round in a share of 3rd place in the alternate event on the PGA Tour, but his four birdies were countered by three bogeys and he was unable to build any momentum in chasing the leaders.
The performance followed a solid week at Pebble Beach two weeks ago and the 46-year-old played some impressive golf in the demanding windy conditions at the Grand Reserve layout in Rio Grande.
Percy moved into contention in the early stages of his third round with six birdies in his opening ten holes but a double bogey at the 13th ended an encouraging run at that point. He would though add two further birdies and moved into contention again heading into today’s final round.
Percy first joined the tour in 2010 and, in what could be described as a ‘sliding doors’ moment, lost a playoff in Las Vegas that year when Jonathan Byrd holed-in-one to defeat him.
Percy has bounced between the PGA and Korn Ferry Tours since, but this is an encouraging week for him and confirms the work he has been doing with fellow Victorian and now respected coach, Brad Hughes, is falling into place.
The tournament was won by South African Branden Grace who eagled the 17th and birdied the last to defeat Jhonattan Vegas by one.
Greg Chalmers who was just one off the lead through 36 holes, recovered from a third round 76 with a final round of 68 and finished 22nd, New Zealander Tim Wilkinson was 27th, Aaron Baddeley 30th, and John Senden, the only other Australasian to make the cut, 75th.