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On this Day: Cameron Percy sets up US Breakthrough

Cameron Percy has been a great survivor on the PGA and Web.Com Tours.
On this day, August 9, in 2014, Victorian golfer Cameron Percy set up his one and only victory to date on either the Web.Com or PGA Tours with a third round of 68 at the Web.Com Tour's Price Cutter Charity Championship in Missouri.

Percy joined Martin Piller and Sebastian Cappelen in the lead as the event headed into its final round at Highland Springs Country Club and the possibility of a return to the PGA Tour the following year was a growing reality. 

For Percy, who, until that point, was struggling to gain his PGA Tour status for 2015, the US$121,000 he earned for the win the next day would make the difference in his chances of playing on the PGA Tour the following year. After finishing 14th on the money list at season’s end, he was on his way back to the bigger stage.

Percy had first joined the Web.Com Tour in 2005 but it would not be until 2009 that he would earn enough to play his way onto the PGA Tour for the first occasion in 2010 where he would also play in his very first PGA Tour event since the 2003 Open Championship at Royal St Georges.

It was in that rookie PGA Tour season of 2010 that Percy would go so close to winning his first PGA Tour title, losing a playoff to Jonathan Byrd, who made a remarkable hole-in-one in fading light at the fourth extra hole of a playoff at the Justin Timberlake event in Las Vegas.

The loss would prove costly as, despite the near miss, Percy failed to retain his full status on the PGA Tour and was forced to mix and match between the two tours in 2011.

In 2012, however, he recorded a very good Web.Com Tour season, finishing 8th on the money list and returned to the holy grail of professional golf in 2013 before he was back on the roller coaster once again and relegated to the Web.Com Tour for 2014.

Until the big week in early August that year, Percy had, admittedly, recorded three top-10s but he needed something extra if he was to find his way back to the PGA Tour and that would come in Springfield, Missouri on a golf course where, interestingly, he had missed the cut in his only other appearance there in 2008. 

Percy began with a round of 64, a back nine of 29 that day earning him the opening round lead.

He fell one behind on day two when Michael Kim moved ahead but on day three he recorded two late birdies to join Cappelen and Piller in the lead.

Percy would then go on to birdie his final two holes on the final day for a round of 67 and one-shot victory over a five-way tie for second.

It was his first professional win outside of Australia for the then 40-year-old whose only previous professional victories had come in Tier 2 events on the PGA Tour of Australasia.

Percy has battled on with limited status on the PGA Tour but, in 2017, is again on the cusp of losing even limited status. But, as he has so often shown previously, he has a great capacity to keep his hopes alive and there is every reason to believe he could again fight his way back to the PGA Tour for the 2017–18 season.

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Bruce Young
About The Author : Bruce Young

A multi-award winning golf journalist, Bruce's extensive knowledge of and background in the game of golf comes from several years caddying the tournament circuits of the world, marketing a successful golf course design company and as one of Australia's leading golf journalists and commentators.

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