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Piercy equals tourney record for 2-stroke lead

HOUSTON — After his record-tying turn Thursday, Scott Piercy let his thoughts deposit toward subordinate for a Masters with a win this week.

Piercy tied a contest record with a scarcely flawless 9-under-par 63 to take a two-stroke lead after a initial turn of a Houston Open.

“It’s a initial round,” he said. “If I’m sitting here Sunday, afterwards I’ll be super-excited. If we [play] like we did today, we would contend there’s a flattering good possibility of that.”

Alex Cejka, personification in one of a afternoon groups, done 4 birdies on his behind 9 — a course’s front 9 — though bogeyed No. 9 to finish with a 65.

J.B. Holmes got to 8-under with 4 holes to play before anticipating a fairway fort with his initial shot during No. 6. After badly blank a green, Holmes had to hasten to a bogey. He also finished with a 65.

Phil Mickelson, Luke Guthrie, Charles Howell III and Houston’s Shawn Stefani any shot a 66 and route Piercy by 3 strokes.

Piercy, who done 5 birdies in a quarrel over one vehement widen during a center of his round, became usually a fifth actor to label a 63 given this PGA Tour stop changed to a Golf Club of Houston Tournament Course in 2003. Two of a others, Mickelson in 2011 and Johnson Wagner in 2008, went on to win a championship.

The 36-year-old Piercy, a pro from Las Vegas, missed usually one immature in law and indispensable only 26 putts.

Two days earlier, however, feeling so disheartened by a approach he had been personification of late, it crossed his mind while he was out harsh on a pushing operation “to go home and not rubbish my time.”

Piercy, instead, motionless to keep practicing. He wound adult attack golf balls for “12, 13 hours. … In a 13th hour, something kind of clicked and we kind of figured it out. On Wednesday, we kind of inbred it, kept operative and got flattering good. Today was awesome. It unequivocally was.”

Off a PGA Tour for 6 months final year while recuperating from bend surgery, Piercy pronounced he still hadn’t felt utterly right before nearing in Houston. But he favourite his form Thursday a impulse he initial swung his driver. He began a day with a birdie on No. 10 and capped it by falling a 30-foot birdie putt on No. 9, his final hole.

“Everything went right,” pronounced Piercy, who final won on a Tour during a Canadian Open in 2012. “I strike a turn so good. It’s been building. we kept attack good shot after good shot. By a end, we was perplexing to make birdies.”

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