Scott Piercy Ties Course Record for SHO Lead

3 April 2015, Posted by , , , , , , 0

The winner of the Shell Houston Open gets to play at The Masters, period.

Scott Piercy, a 36-year-old pro from Las Vegas, is a quarter of the way to Augusta National after a dazzling first round Thursday, tying the course record to take a two-stroke lead with his 63.

“It’s the first round,” he said. “If I’m sitting here Sunday, then I’ll be super-excited. If I [play] like I did today, I would say there’s a pretty good chance of that.”

Piercy started the day with four straight birdies, was 6-under at the turn and never hit a bogey for the nearly-perfect round. He leads by two strokes over J.B. Holmes and Germany’s Alex Cejka.

Three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson is three strokes back after carding a 6-under 66, his best round of the 2015 season.  Mickelson had just one bogey on the day Рon No. 9, but responded with birdies on 10, 12, 13, 15, and 17.

More familiar names are tied for eighth at 5-under including Sergio Garcia, playing for the first time in a month, and Matt Kuchar.

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