Scott Piercy takes opening-round lead at 2012 RBC Canadian Open
Hamilton (Golf Canada) – Scott Piercy shot a course-record 8-under 62 on Thursday to take the opening-round lead at the 2012 RBC Canadian Open at Hamilton Golf and Country Club.
Piercy, a 1-time winner on the PGA TOUR with a victory at the 2011 Reno-Tahoe Open, carded five birdies and eagled Hamilton’s par-5, 4th hole, and par-5, 17th hole, to take a one-stroke lead over Greg Owen and William McGirt, both of whom sit T2 at 7-under 63, heading into Friday’s second round.
“I kind of eased into the round, made birdie, made a bogey and then kind of started hitting greens,” said Piercy, who has made 12 of 20 cuts thus far this season. “The golf course doesn’t play very long. But if you’re not in the fairway, you know, it’s going to fight you a little bit. So the greens are receptive.”
Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C. is tops amongst the 23 Canadians in the field after posting an opening-round 4-under 66 to sit T12 through 18 holes of play.
“It’s like the courses I grew up playing,” said Hadwin, who captured low Canadian honours at both the 2010 and 2011 RBC Canadian Open. “You know, coming in I wasn’t too confident working the golf ball both ways. But just the last couple of days, you know, I’ve worked really hard to get the touch back into my game...it helped today, I started seeing my shots again.”
Toronto’s Albin Choi, a member of Team Canada’s National Squad, is T39 at 1-under 69 leading all amateurs in the field after round one. Teammate Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ont. is T95 at 1-over 71, while Rob Couture of Trenton, Ont. is T128 at 3-over 73.
The following are opening-round scores for the 23 Canadians in the 2012 RBC Canadian Open field. (6, 966 yards, Par 70)
T12 - Hadwin, Adam, Abbotsford, Ont. 32 – 34 – 66 (-4)
T24 - Hearn, David, Brantford, Ont. 34 – 34 – 68 (-2)
T24 - Fritsch, Brad, Manotick, Ont. 35 – 33 – 68 (-2)
T39 - Markle, David, Shelburne, Ont. 34 – 35 – 69 (-1)
T39 - Choi, Albin, (a), Toronto, Ont. 33 – 36 – 69 (-1)
T39 - DeLaet, Graham, Weyburn, Sask. 31 – 38 – 69 (-1)
T66 - Ames, Stephen, Calgary, Alta. 34 – 36 – 70 (E)
T66 - Hill, Matt, Bright’s Grove, Ont. 35 – 35 – 70 (E)
T66 - Renfrew, Cory, Victoria, B.C. 34 – 36 – 70 (E)
T66 - McQuillan, Matt, Kingston, Ont. 36 – 34 – 70 (E)
T95 - Hughes, Mackenzie, (a) Dundas, Ont. 35 – 36 – 71 (+1)
T112 - Gligic, Michael, Burlington, Ont. 38 – 34 (+2)
T112 - Weir, Mike, Bright’s Grove, Ont. 35 – 37 – 72 (+2)
T128 - Couture, Rob, (a) Trenton, Ont. 35 – 38 – 73 (+3)
T137 - Ciesielski, Victor, Cambridge, Ont. 38 – 36 – 74 (+4)
T137 - Doherty, Greg, Mississauga, Ont. 37 – 37 – 74 (+4)
T137 - Ross, Christopher, Dundas, Ont. 37 – 37 – 74 (+4)
T144 - McCann, Brian, Mississauga, Ont. 34 – 41 – 75 (+5)
T144 - Parr, Andrew, London, Ont. 36 – 39 – 75 (+5)
T144 - Taylor, Nick, Abbotsford, B.C. 39 – 36 – 75 (+5)
T152 - Wong, Eugene, North Vancouver, B.C. 38 – 38 – 76 (+6)
154 - Mills, Jon, Oshawa, Ont. 39 – 38 – 77 (+7)
155 - Ferguson, Ben, Ancaster, Ont. 40 – 38 – 78 (+8)
(a) – denotes amateur
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