Pierce wins his 16th major title in dramatic fashion

Kristin Tattar had a chance to win on the 72nd hole and failed

Paige Pierce after scoring the winning putt of the 2022 European Cup. Photo: DGPT

APPLING, Georgia – Kristin Tattar sat on the green of the 72nd hole of the PDGA Champions Cup with a one-shot lead over Paige Pierce, who had just missed an eagle putt by inches. Tattar had the look of a bird from a few meters outside the circle: a brand and her tournament was hers. A par of her would send her to the playoffs.

Tattar, riding from behind a tree, shot his birdie putt towards the chains. He sailed up past the basket, hit a tree root and rolled to the edge of the circle on the opposite side of the green. Now, Tattar was facing a putt par not to be missed. His comeback missed on the right and a second important title slipped through her fingers.

Instead, Paige Pierce won her 16th major championship, tying her to Valarie Jenkins Doss for the biggest wins in FPO history.

“Whatever happened, it would have been a memory of a lifetime for me,” Pierce said in a thrilling post-round interview. “I’m going up the last few holes thinking that if I lose I’m still out here doing what I love. We are living a crazy life and I am out here doing what I love every day ”.

Pierce consoling Tattaro. Photo: DGPT.

Up until hole 18, the round was a back-and-forth chess game that featured tactical layups and highly successful Circle 2 putts. Tattar and Pierce – well ahead of the rest of the field – were tied in the last round after Pierce wiped out a four-time trailing in the third round. The lead swung back and forth throughout the final round before Tattar took a two-half lead on hole 15 after Pierce carded a double bandit. Pierce bounced back with a birdie on 16 to cut the lead to one, creating a dramatic run.

Pierce has won five of the last seven majors, adding another trophy to his illustrious collection. This final hole was, in some ways, a mirror image of her defeat at the 2021 World Cup, when she missed on the 18th.

“It’s great to have another major in my career,” he said. “But even more, just the latest events, just realizing that I’m living the dream. I really am. “

Pierce has long personified what it means to love the game of disc golf. Whether it’s winning or losing, he is a sports tycoon and plays for the love of the game.

Tattar continues his extremely strong play this season, but after pulling 7 under par during the first two rounds, he pulled 1 over in the last two, opening the door for Pierce to make a comeback. Tattar hasn’t finished short of third in a tournament this season, but her only win came at Memorial, a non-touring A-Tier.

Another nice milestone for Sarah Hokom at WR Jackson

Sarah Hokom finished in third place, her 12th podium in a majors and her first since the 2020 National Women’s Championships. She put together her best round of the tournament at 3 under par, playing golf very consistently all the time. . Her ability to hit the technical lines with her flexible forehand strokes was paramount in the woods.

11 years ago, Hokom finished third in the PDGA championship, which also had rounds at WR Jackson. He also won the 2019 Hall of Fame Classic, the National Tour Final, on Jackson’s course.

He had the lowest bogey rate in the field.

The big move on the last day was Catrina Allen. By eliminating the best round of the tournament on Sunday, Allen leapt 13 places in the standings to fifth place. The 7-under, bogey-free effort included a pair of 40-foot putts and excellent court handling, extending his top 5 trim set this season.

Tattar’s daughter could not Caddy

During the final round, Kristin Tattar had her nine-year-old daughter carry a caddy badge and walked the course with her. According to a new rule in the PDGA Competition Handbook, this is no longer allowed. Rule 3.05.B states:

A caddy is a person who carries a player’s equipment or provides other assistance during the round. Players can designate one caddy at a time during their round. A helmet must be at least 13 years of age and must abide by the same Official Disc Golf Rules and Competition Manual that their player must follow, including the dress code, although a caddy does not have to be a PDGA member or Certified Official.

Earlier in the round, Tattar received the news via a message to Paige Pierce’s caddy from Elaine King, the color commentator for the FPO round on Disc Golf Network and vice president of the PDGA board, who noted the rule and that Tattar’s daughter had to be with the gallery and guarded by another adult or that Tattar might be in danger of being disqualified.1

“Thankfully, Paige’s caddy was very nice and helpful and had a friend in the crowd who was able to watch over my daughter for the rest of the round,” said Tattar.

He also sent a message to his partner Silver Latt, who spoke to TD assistant Chuck Connelly, who relayed information about the situation to TD Robert Leonard. The PDGA staff gave Kristin’s daughter a “QUIET” sign, so she was able to stay at the front of the gallery, only 30-40 feet from the players on the card. The idea of ​​a disqualification “was never considered,” said Leonard, who, as a TD, was the only person authorized to disqualify players.

“It was more about ‘let’s fix this now,'” said Danny Voss, marketing director at PDGA. “But once we find that a rule has been broken that way, we can’t even ignore it.”

Tattar said she wasn’t mad at the PDGA and that no player on her card ever mentioned any issues with her daughter’s presence there.

“I realize that I am responsible for this situation,” he said, acknowledging that he should have known the rule. “It was just sad. I think any parent would understand how difficult it was. But now I know better and will prevent that from happening again. “

Highlights of the final round

Highlights of the Champions Cup finals

The tour continues this weekend at the Jonesboro Open April 22-24.

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