Since missing the cut at the U.S. Open and AT&T National, Scott Piercy has reeled off 10 straight rounds in the 60s, including a 62 and a 67 the first two days of the RBC Canadian Open.
During that 10-round stretch, Piercy is a combined 39 under (he tied for 12th at The Greenbrier Classic, was third at the John Deere Classic and has a share of the lead going into today’s third round).
Piercy’s best streak of sub-70 rounds prior to his current run came in 2009, when he played the last two rounds of the Bob Hope Classic and the first three rounds of the Waste Management Phoenix Open in the 60s. With 10 rounds under his belt in this event, Piercy has yet to post a score worse than par -- his even-par 72 he shot in the final round in 2009 his worst performance.
As for William McGirt, with whom Piercy shares the lead with, he earned a spot in the field this week thanks to a tie for fifth at last week’s True South Classic in Mississippi.
That was his best finish in 56 previous starts on the PGA TOUR.
After enjoying four under-par rounds at Annandale Golf Club in Madison last week, McGirt added his fifth and sixth consecutive under-par rounds with his 63-66 start at Hamilton Golf and Country Club.
The two will play in the final group of the day at 12:38 p.m. ET, along with Robert Garrigus, who is a shot back. How do you think they will fare? Discuss below.
Coming off a career-best tie for fifth at last week’s True South Classic, William McGirt has kept that momentum going this week.
McGirt opened with a 63 on Thursday and has since moved into the lead by himself at the RBC Canadian Open, where he’s 3 under through nine holes in the second round.
Overnight leader Scott Piercy, who set a course record with a 62 in the first round, is currently a shot back, while Robert Garrigus is another stroke back.
For McGirt, he’s certainly making the most of an opportunity -- the top-10 finish in Mississippi is what earned him a spot in the field this week. Coming into the week, McGirt was 118th in the FedExCup standings with a month to go until the FedExCup Playoffs.
Others making a big move early in the second round at Hamilton G&CC: Patrick Sheehan and Bud Cauley, who are 4 and 6 under, respectively, and tied for fourth at the moment at 6 under.
British Open champion Ernie Els, meanwhile, is flirting with the cut. He’s 2 under through 12 holes and even on the tournament. The current projected cut is 1 under.
With the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival being held at the same time as this week’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Wesley Hodges of the Live Music Blog NOLA asked a few TOUR pros some music-related questions this week. What did Hodges find out?
That the best concert Rickie Fowler has ever seen was by Coldplay. That was also the first concert he ever attended. …
That Jason Bohn's rock-star encounter moment came during a round with KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer. “The nicest guy," Bohn said. "He just blew me away with his personality, what type of person he is considering the music he plays. It was one of the best times I’ve had playing golf with an amateur.” …
That the first album Harris English ever purchased was N-Sync's No Strings Attached. "I was 9 or 10," English said, "Probably played it on a Walkman or something. I don’t have a record player; have heard of the old 8-track though." …
That Brian Harman is supposed to meet country star Jason Aldeen this fall at a charity event. "I’m excited about that," Harman said. …
That William McGirt knows Darius Rucker. "My agent used to be the road manager for Hootie and the Blowfish," McGirt said. "(Rucker's) not bad -- you’ve gotta watch out for a guy who has two sets of golf clubs, one for the road and one that stays at home." …
That Chez Reavie practices while listening to U2 or Linkin Park. "That kind of genre," Reavie said.
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- After two missed cuts in three West Coast swing starts, William McGirt is happy to be back in a familiar place. It’s showing in his play, too.
“For some reason, being on the West Coast for so long, I still never adjusted,” McGirt said. “I was still waking up at 4:30 every morning. But you get back into some familiar territory and on grass that you are very familiar with; I grew up on bermudagrass.”
McGirt’s turnaround began in earnest with a final-round 65 in Mexico. He struggled at The Honda Classic, where he tied for 62nd, but last week finished 14th in Puerto Rico.
It also helps that something clicked in his putting stroke -- his left shoulder was going straight up through impact and he’s since corrected that to get his shoulders to work more around his body.
Through two rounds here, McGirt ranks 14th in the field in total putts. Friday, he also hit 14 greens in regulation.
But being back on the East Coast and in the south on a course that rewards ball-striking is as big a reason as any that McGirt is in contention at the Copperhead Course.
So is the fact that this is the second straight year for McGirt on the PGA TOUR after earning his card via q-school. The hardest part of the game a year ago, McGirt said, was having basically one day to learn a new golf course every single week.
“Last year, one thing I tried to do was play practice rounds with veteran guys, and I've played a lot of practice rounds with David Duval,” McGirt said. “We would get on the green and he would throw balls around the green and say, you really need to practice from here; this is a popular spot; you really need to hit these putts.
“Just being able to pick his brain and get some good info helped me a lot. It's really probably paid off more this year than it did last year.”