Piercy hits another jackpot to stun Donald

Fri Feb 22, 2013 8:11pm EST
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

MARANA, Arizona (Reuters) - Six years after he overcame the odds to earn a $2 million cheque, Scott Piercy landed a different jackpot with a stunning 7&6 victory over Luke Donald at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship on Friday.

Though he had not competed in matchplay golf during that long span until he arrived at Dove Mountain this week, Piercy produced imperious form to eliminate the British world number three in the second round of an event Donald had won in 2011.

"I played really solid today," a beaming Piercy told reporters after totally outshining former world number one Donald on a sunny afternoon in Arizona's high desert. "I hit every green in regulation.

"I got up early and tried to lean on him once I got up. It was just a solid day all around. I just tried to make some birdies and stay out ahead of him."

In 2007, Piercy hit the jackpot with a $2 million pay-day when he birdied five of the last six holes to triumph at the made-for-television, winner-take-all Ultimate Game tournament in his hometown of Las Vegas.

That success came on his fifth wedding anniversary and he has described it as his biggest thrill in golf.

"It worked out good for me there," Piercy said with a smile as he reflected back on his Ultimate Game triumph, before saying he had experienced less pressure at Dove Mountain this week.

"You know what, I actually feel really relaxed out there," he added. "Me and Luke's games are a lot different, and I feel like if I get things going, I've got a good chance of beating him.   Continued...

Scott Piercy of the U.S. watches his tee shot on the 11th hole during the second round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship golf tournament in Marana, Arizona February 22, 2013. REUTERS/Matt Sullivan