Monday, September 15, 2008

BOISE, Idaho(AP) Chris Tidland won the Boise Open for his first Nationwide Tour title, closing with a 7-under 64 for a four-stroke victory over Scott Piercy.

Tidland finished at 20-under 264 on the Hillcrest Country Club course and earned $130,500 to jump from 86th to 16th on the money list with $194,480. The top 25 at the end of the season will earn 2009 PGA Tour cards.

``This is great. My major goal this year was to win out here,'' said Tidland, the tour's 14th first-time winner this year. ``To do it in the fashion I did, shooting a 64 in the final round on one of my favorite courses is really special.''

Piercy, a two-time winner this year, matched the course record with a 61.

``The back nine on Sunday is where the tournament starts. They've got three hours to look at my score,'' said Piercy, who earned $78,300 to jump from 12th to third on the money list. ``If you've got to shoot 4 under on Sunday to win, that's not always easy.''

Tidland didn't pay any attention to Piercy.

``I never looked at a leaderboard all day,'' the 35-year-old former Oklahoma State player said. ``My coach in college taught us never to look but to just go out and play the best you can. ... I didn't know how I stood until I hit my second shot at 18. I didn't want to know. I asked my caddie how we were doing and he said, 'We're good.'''

Tidland birdied five of the first eight holes Sunday.

``I got off to a great start and just tried to keep the pedal down,'' Tidland said. ``There are a lot of great players out here and I knew there were going to be a lot of birdies. I just kept firing at the hole and making some putts.''

England's Greg Owen shot a 65 to finish third at 15 under.

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