Percy earns a second chance on PGA Tour
Maybe Cameron Percy just likes to fly under the radar.
With all the publicity surrounding Australia’s Scott Gardiner winning his ticket on the toughest golf tour in the world, the US PGA Tour for 2013, Percy’s feat to also achieve the feat almost went by unnoticed.
Cameron Percy (Credit: Anthony Powter)
And while it takes a special talent to get to the main tour, it takes an extraordinary one to do it twice.
The 38-year-old Victorian has had a superb year on the Web.com Tour in 2012 and will get his shot at the fame and much bigger cheques on the main tour in 2013.
Percy virtually secured his card when he finished in a tie for second at the WNB Golf Classic in Midland, Texas, putting him in eighth place on the tour and assuring him of a ticket to the “Big Show” for next year.
Percy’s $48,400 cheque gave him $228,518 in earnings for the year.
Not bad for a guy who could easily have been heading for oblivion after a disappointing 2011.
You could say Percy has earned his second shot at glory.
Now he’s keen to get on with the job at hand.
“Now that I’ve got my card back I really want to keep it,” he said.
While Percy turned professional in 1998 it took him longer than he planned to mix it with the best.
When he did get to the US he made the most of it and almost pulled off a stunning victory on the main tour in 2010 before Jonathan Byrd scored a hole-in-one in a sudden-death playoff to deny Percy a win in the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open in 2010.
Percy had just 12 starts on the PGA Tour in 2011 for a best result of a tie for seventh in the John Deere Classic.
Still he also played 10 events on the secondary tour and showed he wouldn’t be there forever, making seven cuts from 10 starts.
This year he was a man on a mission…and as far as 2012 is concerned – it’s mission accomplished.