Record 62 puts Piercy clear
Englishman Greg Owen in tie for second after opening round
Last Updated: 27/07/12 7:38am
Scott Piercy: One-shot lead in Ontario after course record 62 in opening round
American Scott Piercy held a one-shot lead over England's Greg Owen after an amazing opening day of record scoring and impressive recovery in the RBC Canadian Open.
Owen held the lead and a share of the course record after overcoming a nightmare start, but an hour later Piercy's best of 62 at the Hamilton G&CC ensured he set the early pace.
"In all honesty I didn't feel like I had a very good feel for the golf course teeing up on the first hole today," Piercy said after his round.
"I flew in late on Tuesday, played the pro-am so I'm kind of jet lagged playing, and kind of scraped through yesterday."
First round leaderboard
(US unless stated)
-8 S Piercy
-7 W McGirt
-7 G Owen (Eng)
-6 R Garrigus
* Seven players at -5
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Piercy made five birdies, two eagles and just one bogey in the opening round, coming home in just 30 strokes.
Owen, who started his round on the back nine, dropped three shots in his opening two holes with a double-bogey on the par-four 10th followed by a bogey five on the 11th.
But he recovered to hit six birdies in his next nine holes and then an eagle three at the par-five fourth and another birdie at the fifth lifted him to six-under. He went on to pick up another shot before completing his round.
But that was before Piercy came to the front with his course-best round of 62.
Piercy finished the day on eight-under, one shot ahead of Owen and American William McGirt.
Robert Garrigus sits alone in fourth on six-under, while there is a seven-man group at five-under which includes Vijay Singh, Charl Schwartzel, Bo Van Pelt and Stuart Appleby.
Open champion Ernie Els appeared to suffering from something of a hangover following his heroics at Royal Lytham and posted a two-over-par 72.