Birdie on final hole gives Percy first career win

Springfield, MO ( - Cameron Percy drained a birdie on the par-5 18th hole to break away from the pack and emerge victorious at the Price Cutter Charity Championship on Sunday.

Percy, who shared the third-round lead with Sebastian Cappelen and Martin Piller at Highland Springs Country Club, fired a final-round 67 to finish his week at 21-under-par 267.

Heading to the final hole, Percy was tied for first with four other players and he needed a birdie to win in regulation and avoid a five-way playoff. Percy got to the back fringe in two shots and was able to two-putt for his win.

"I started crying as soon as I won," Percy said. "Just extremely happy. I don't know how I did it, but I did it."

Percy also got some help from Michael Kim, who held the lead at 21-under on the last hole, but Kim was penalized a stroke for lifting his ball in the rough and he had to settle for bogey. That dropped him into a tie for first with Percy and three others.

Kim also carded a 67 on Sunday to finish one stroke back along with Brandt Jobe, Zac Blair and Carlos Sainz, Jr. Out of the four tied for second, Jobe made the biggest move in his final round, shooting a 7-under 65. Blair ended with a 66 and Sainz matched Kim's 67.

Cappelen could not quite go low enough on Sunday and finished tied for sixth at 19-under 269 following a 69. He was joined there by Justin Thomas (64) and Ryan Spears (67).

Percy began his day with a birdie, which was matched by Cappelen and the two had a share of the lead at 17-under. Percy gave that shot right back, however, with a bogey at No. 2.

Back-to-back birdies at six and seven had Percy in business, but another bogey at the eighth dropped him to 17-under, which at the time was a couple shots off the lead.

After making the turn, Percy started to get back into the picture. Birdies at 11 and 15 had Percy at minus-19 with Thomas and Blair, one shot back of Jobe, Kim and Sainz.

Following a Kim birdie at 17, which had him in sole possession of first at minus-21, Percy drained his third birdie on the back nine at No. 17 and got to within one along with Jobe, Blair and Sainz.

Needing just a par to hold the clubhouse lead, Kim lifted his ball in the rough and was penalized a stroke. The bogey dropped him into a five-way tie for first.

With Percy on 18, he needed a birdie to break free from the group and get his win. His second shot from the rough found the back fringe and Percy two-putted for the victory.

"I got lucky on the last hole," said Percy. "We knew 20-under was leading, will we go for it or will we not? I said 'We're not here to come in second, we have to go for it now.' So we went for it and I got it across the water. Got lucky, the ball was in a drain. And I got a nice drop and I hit a great putt. Just very happy right now."

NOTES: Percy became the second Australian to win the Price Cutter Charity Championship. Anthony Painter also won back in 1998 with a matching 21-under 267 final score ... Percy earned $121,500 with the victory ... Out of the four players who finished tied for second, only Sainz has a win on the Tour ... The tour heads to Knoxville, Tennessee, next week for the News Sentinel Open, where Peter Malnati won last year.