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.