After the storm that blew in Wednesday evening to soften Hamilton Golf and Country Club, the only surprise was the even lower scores posted in the afternoon than the low scores that were already put up in the morning.
Scott Piercy posted a pair of eagles on the fourth and 17th holes, both par fives, and went on to a course record 62 to take a one-shot lead over Greg Owen and William McGirt after the first round of the RBC Canadian Open, which finished in another downpour.
“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. I flew in late on Tuesday, played the pro-am, so I’m kind of jet lagged playing and kind of scraped through yesterday,” said Piercy.
“I kind of eased into the round, made birdie, made a bogey and then, kind of started hitting greens,” said Piercy, who also posted five birdies against just one bogey on the day.
Piercy, Owen and McGirt finished late in the day, as did Robert Garrigus who came in with a 64 to establish a one-shot lead over a group of seven who finished with 65s, including Stuart Appleby, 2011 Masters champ Charl Schwartzel and Vijay Singh.
“The fairways are a little soft. The greens were soft. You could fire at the flags,” said Owen.
“It got a little windy at times, kept coming up and down, so it was a little tricky in the middle, but I played pretty well and the wind seemed to die really the last three or four holes,” said Owen.
Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C., shot a 66 and is in a group of three that is four shots behind Piercy. David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., and Brad Fritsch of Manotick, Ont., each fired 68s.
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