The ''boring golf'' Scott Piercy had to play in the Canadian Open left him so excited when he won that he couldn't describe his feelings.
Instead of smashing his driver and firing at flags, Piercy felt he had to play for position on the classic design at Hamilton Golf & Country Club. It's not his favorite brand of golf, though he could not have been more thrilled Sunday when he closed with a 3-under 67 for a one-shot victory.
Perhaps it was only fitting that he ultimately won with a two-putt par from 50 feet below the hole.
With four straight birdies early in the final round to get into the mix, it was a simple par on the 18th hole that allowed Piercy to tie the oldest 72-hole scoring record on the PGA Tour and outlast William McGirt and Robert Garrigus.
''I've been playing good for a while now, and you just need a couple of good breaks here or there,'' Piercy said. ''I felt like I got a couple of good breaks and continued to play solid, and I'm kind of speechless. I'm really excited to be the champion.''
McGirt was atop the leaderboard from the third hole, where he rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt. He looked poised playing in the final group the final two days - his first time in serious contention on tour - until two late bogeys cost him a chance to win, and likely a shot at playing in his first major in two weeks at the PGA Championship.
With a one-shot lead on the 15th hole, McGirt hammered a 45-foot birdie putt some 15 feet by the cup, and made bogey with his first three-putt of the week. Tied for the lead on the 18th, he hit his approach into a deep bunker right of the green, blasted out to 18 feet and missed the par putt to force a playoff.
''I was just trying to make pars and get into the house,'' said McGirt, who closed with a 69 for his seventh straight round in the 60s.
Garrigus felt even worse.