Piercy matches course record in Humble

Humble, TX (SportsNetwork.com) – Scott Piercy fired a 9-under 63 in Thursday’s
opening round of the Houston Open and grabbed a 2-stroke lead in the process.

Piercy matched the course record. Adam Scott and Johnson Wagner first shot 63
on the Tournament Course at the Golf Club of Houston in 2008. Jimmy Walker and
Phil Mickelson matched that score in 2011.

While looking to win for the third time on the PGA Tour, Piercy is also
looking to grab the final spot in the Masters next week. The winner of this
event, if not already qualified, will earn that final spot.

J.B. Holmes and Alex Cejka opened with 7-under 65s and share second place.

Mickelson, the 2011 winner, carded a 66 and was joined in fourth by Charles
Howell III, Shawn Stefani and Luke Guthrie.

Last year’s runner-up Matt Kuchar, 2012 champion Hunter Mahan and Sergio
Garcia headline a group of seven players tied for eighth at minus-5.