Piercy showing his potential
SAN DIEGO – A year ago, I asked veteran Nationwide Tour observer Curt Byrum which of that tour’s new graduates would perform the best on the 2009 PGA Tour. He mentioned Scott Piercy.
As it happened, Piercy finished 90th on the big Tour’s money list last year as a rookie, earning more than $1 million.
Thursday in the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open, Piercy flashed more of his vast potential and talent. He shot a 7-under-par 64 on the North Course, good for a one-stroke lead.
It wasn’t so much what he shot as how he shot it. Piercy came here in a good frame of mind after making nine birdies Monday in a charity pro-am. Then he went cuckoo on the North Course’s front nine, shooting 7-under 29 while hitting shot after shot stiff.
Thoughts of 59?
“I shoot 59 every time I play,” he said. “I just have to keep going usually.”
If there’s such a thing as an easy 29, Piercy’s was. He had five tap-in putts on the front – at Nos. 1, 2, 5, 6 and 9 – and chipped in at the 184-yard third. His only converted birdie putt outside of 4 feet was a 12-footer at 8, a hole after he saved par from 15 feet.
“It was just one of those days where you go en fuego for a while,” he said. “On days when you do this, you’re kind of floating on a cloud going around.”