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Scott Piercy breaks into world top 60
July 30, 2012

Scott Piercy capped a fine run of form on the PGA Tour to pick up a second title at the RBC Canadian Open. Starting the day a shot back of 54-hole leader Robert Garrigus, and tied with William McGirt, Piercy made four early birdies on Sunday to stay in the hunt. Par at the last for Garrigus would have seen a play-off, with the same possible if McGirt birdied, but neither could manage what was needed to tie making Piercy the champion. This result builds on a tie for third two weeks ago at the John Deere Classic, as well as a tie for 12th a week prior at the Greenbrier Classic, all of which adds up to an Official World Golf Ranking of 58th.

Home favourite Bernd Wiesberger made it win number two in 2012 after a scintillating Sunday 65 saw the Austrian triumph at the Lyoness Open presented by Greenfinity. Starting the day four back of overnight leader Thorbjørn Olesen was always going to make victory tough, but seven birdies from the ninth on the final day saw the giant Austrian overhaul the deficit, to eventually win by three from French veteran Thomas Levet and Ireland’s Shane Lowry. It is Wiesberger’s second win on The European Tour, his first coming at the Ballantine’s Championship in Korea earlier this year, with both contributing to a career high world ranking of 78th.

Brendan Jones came from a shot back at the Sun Chlorella Classic to win by two and pick up his second Japan Golf Tour title of the season. It is the 12th title of the 37-year old Australian’s career in Japan, the second time he has won this event, and sees him back inside the world’s top 100 players at 92nd spot.

Ben Kohles birdied the first play-off hole at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational to win his maiden Web.com Tour title in just his first start as a professional. He lead going into the final round, but after a charge from Luke Guthrie that saw him roll in a twenty footer on the last for birdie to post 12 under par, Kohles need to pick up shots on two of his final three holes to tie. He did just that, before rolling in an almost identical putt to Guthrie in regulation at the first extra hole, to take his maiden title and enter the world ranking at 475th place.

Chris Paisley picked up the first Challenge Tour title of his career after a final round 71 saw him take the spoils at the English Challenge on a day disrupted by electrical storms. Lightning caused two stoppages on Sunday, but the Englishman held tough, having entered the final 18 with a three shot lead. Francis McGuirk tried to catch Paisley, but bogeys coming down the stretch would cost him, leaving the former Walker Cup player free to take the title. A jump of 263 places to world number 334 is one reward, while Paisley now also finds himself up to sixth on the Challenge Tour rankings.

Alan Versfeld overcame a three shot deficit to 36-hole leader Ockie Strydom in the final round to claim a maiden title at the Vodacom Origins of Golf at De Zalze Golf Club. As the leader faltered it was Versfeld who managed to take advantage, with numerous birdies and an eagle coming home allowing him the luxury of a bogey at the last for a three shot victory, and a jump of 200 places in the world to 521st place.

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