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Piercy Takes Early Lead in Sony Open
Scott Piercy posted a 6-under 64 to take the early lead in the Sony Open. The $5.6 million PGA Tour event began Thursday at Waialea Country Club in Honolulu.
Piercy, who won last year's Canadian Open for his second Tour title, carded three birdies on the front nine and three more on the back to go up by one over Jeff Overton. The Las Vegas native said the conditions were quite a bit different Thursday than in last week's Hyundai Tournament of Champions, which experienced three days of high winds that forced the first two rounds to be played on Monday and the final round of the abbreviated, winners-only tournament on Tuesday.
"The wind wasn't even blowing today compared to last week," said the 34-year-old Piercy. "You know, I just played solid today, hit it in a lot of fairways, hit a lot of greens, made two fairly key putts and took care of the par 5s. I hit a really good shot into 11, which got me to 5 under and made birdie there. I hit it about 18 inches. So that was a really good one."
Overton also had a nice first round, carding six birdies and a bogey. The 29-year-old Indianan, who's still seeking his first victory on the PGA Tour, hopes his play Thursday bodes well for the upcoming season. "I'm really excited about - I don't think I've ever shot this low here, never played real low here," he said.
"But it's been weird because I should play good here because all the other courses that are extremely windy I generally play good on because I'm kind of a low spinner. But I think I was a lot more prepared this year, stayed down in Florida, bought a house down in Florida, and spent my off season down there and just been working out, got a new trainer, and just been a lot more prepared, I think, to start the year."
As of 7:30 p.m. ET, six players - Matt Jones, Charles Howell III, Matt Kuchar, Brian Stuard, Morgan Hoffman and Billy Horschel - made it to the clubhouse with 66s, with roughly half of the 144 players in the field still on the course. (For updated scores, visit http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/sony-open-in-hawaii/leaderboard.html.)
Defending champion, Johnson Wagner, opened with a 1-over 71. The winner in last week's Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Dustin Johnson, shot a 70. Other completed scores included a 75 by 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup team captain, Davis Love III.