The Sun (Malaysia)

PIERCY GOES ON BIRDIE BLITZ

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AMERICAN Scott Piercy made light work of the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club by firing a blistering 10-under-par 62 to grab the first round lead at the PGA Tour’s CIMB Classic yesterday. The bogey-free effort gave the Las Vegas born 36-year-old a threeshot lead over Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama in the US$7 million (RM30.08m) co-sanctioned Asian Tour event, the third of the new 2016 PGA Tour season. While Piercy was dominating the leaderboar­d, compatriot Scott Brown was picking up the big prize. The 32-year-old walked away with a new sports car after a hole-in-one at the 199 yard par three 15th. It helped improve his first round mark to four-under 68, good enough for a share of 16th alongside major winners Adam Scott of Australia, Ireland’s Padraig Harrington and Stewart Cink of the US. Former U.S. PGA champion Keegan Bradley was one who found picking up shots straight forward on Thursday as he fired seven birdies and an eagle in a round of 66 to share third spot behind Piercy and Matsuyama.

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