Scott Piercy holes an 18-foot putt for birdie on the par-4 16th hole.
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- No matter where Scott Piercy was on the green Sunday, the ball was going in the hole.
“When you start making putts … it almost was like I didn’t really care today,” Piercy said after a 9-under 62 to briefly to the top of the leaderboard after the leaders had barely teed off early Sunday at the Transitions Championship.
Piercy, who began the da in a tie for 45th eight shots back, charged in contention with a 29 on the front nine before adding two more birdies on the back.
“He had one of those rounds we all try to have,” said Kris Blanks, who played alongside Piercy on Sunday.
if there was one hole that spurred Piercy, it was the par-3 fourth.
After an indifferent tee shot on the 195-yard hole, Piercy jarred a 42-footer for birdie.
“Any time you start hooping it … You see that going in and it’s like, oh, there’s a little momentum,” said Piercy, who birdied five of his first six holes and closed out the front nine with two more birdies. “It kind of snowballs and it just keeps going.”
At one point, he couldn’t help but start thinking about golf’s magic number: 59.
”You'd be lying if you said no,” Piercy said. “When we made the turn, my caddie looked at me and said, ‘Five more.’ Which in a way is thinking 59, but in a way, if I get five more, I get to 15 [under] and I think that probably wins.”
This was the second time in less than a year that Piercy has gone low. In the third round of last year’s Reno-Tahoe Open, Piercy made eight straight birdies on his way to a 28 on the front nine.
He finished with a 61 and the next day won the tournament.
Though Piercy had just two birdies on the back nine, he played Nos. 16 through 18 -- collectively known as the Snake Pit -- in a combined 4 under for the week.
“Last week, I gave myself a lot of thought as to how to play this golf course,” said Piercy, who had an 11-shot swing from his third round. “I figured out how to play the golf course more rather than just look at it and hit shots.”
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- Retief Goosen and Jim Furyk still lead -- for now -- but Scott Piercy is closing the gap pretty quickly.
Piercy just made the turn in 29, making seven birdies, including five over his last six holes, to get to 10 under overall and within one of the lead.
Through his first nine holes, Piercy missed only two greens and has already made more than 100 feet worth of putts, which is more than in any of his first three full rounds.
Piercy’s lowest round of the year, by the way, was a 65 in the third round of the Sony Open in Hawaii. His best finish this season was a tie for 12th in the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
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Boo Weekley is currently in last place at the Reno-Tahoe Open – another bad week in what has been a poor 2011 season for the two-time PGA TOUR winner.
Weekley is at 6 over through 15 holes in his final round, well off the 13-under lead of Scott Piercy, who will tee off at 4:40 p.m. ET.
Weekley’s best finish this year came in January, when he finished tied for 13th at the Bob Hope Classic -- his only top-25 finish of the year. He has missed seven cuts in 17 events in 2011, and withdrew from his last event, the AT&T National, citing a rib injury.
He’s currently 153rd in the FedExCup standings, and is not
in the field at next week’s PGA Championship.
Weekley has made the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup every year since he finished 23rd in his rookie year on TOUR in 2007. He has fallen in the standings each year since, however. In 2008 he finished 25th, but dropped to 85th in 2009 and 111th in 2010.
Overnight leader Vaughn Taylor has just teed off in the Reno-Tahoe Open, but he finds himself four shots back of current leader Scott Piercy, who just set the course record in Round 3 with an 11-under 61.
Piercy made a six-foot putt for eagle on the 616-yard closing par-5 to best the previous course record of 62, which had been shot three times (Bill Glasson, 2005; Joe Ogilvie 2006; Parker McLachlin, 2008).
Piercy birdied Nos. 2 though 9 at Montreux, and after birdies at Nos. 14 and 15, the 59 watch was on for the third-year PGA TOUR player. His lone bogey came at No. 17, a 464-yard par-4, effectively ending the threat.
Other big movers in Round 3 include TOUR rookie Jim Renner, who shot a 7-under 65 and is currently in third place. James Driscoll also went low with a 66 to move to 7 under.