Refreshed Piercy feels right at home


Scott Piercy is glad to be home, and it showed in his play at TPC Summerlin.

The Bonanza High School graduate shot 7-under-par 64 in Thursday's first round of the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, two shots behind co-leaders Troy Matteson, Tom Pernice Jr. and Spencer Levin.

"It's always good to get out of the gate fast," Piercy said. "I've actually hit the ball well the last eight weeks. There has been a lot of good things going on."

The 30-year-old Piercy took advantage of the calm and warm conditions, posting birdies on all three par 5s and three of the four par 3s.

"I drove it a ton on the par 5s," Piercy said. "And I putted really well today. When you have things going your way, things seem pretty easy."

Piercy has had a good year, starting with two top-10 finishes. He struggled a bit late in the spring but finished tied for 12th two weeks ago at Turning Stone.

"I feel like I'm a better player now than I was earlier this year, even though it's only been a few months," said Piercy, who has earned $961,316 and is No. 86 on the PGA Tour's money list. "I took some time off in June. I was simply worn out. Then I got a few weeks off after the (FedEx Cup) playoffs, so I feel refreshed."

This is probably his final tournament of the year. Piercy's wife, Sara, is due to give birth to their third child any day now, and Piercy will stay home for the birth and to keep an eye on their boys, Cole and Brennan.

But with his fast start at TPC Summerlin, Piercy said it's unlikely he would withdraw.

"It's her call. But if I play well the rest of the week, you probably won't see me the rest of the year," he said.

HOW LOCALS FARED -- A number of golfers with local ties played Thursday with mixed results.

After Piercy, the best day belonged to Alex Cejka at 5-under 66. Dean Wilson shot 67, Tommy Armour III 68, Nick Watney 69, Craig Barlow 71 and Ernie Gonzalez 75.

Rickie Fowler, a former Oklahoma State star who moved to Summerlin last month, shot 4-under 67 in his first round as a PGA Tour professional.

Among former UNLV players, Charley Hoffman posted the day's best score with a 66. Chad Campbell and Ryan Moore, who were paired together, each shot 67. Bill Lunde carded a 68, and Chris Riley and Wes Weston shot 73 and 74, respectively.

Contact reporter Steve Carp at scarp@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-2913.

 

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