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March 18 2012

7:05 PM

Piercy sets record on front, shoots 62

Watch: Piercy birdies No. 16

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.”

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