A day after setting a course record, Scott Piercy had to temper expectations.
“You shoot 62 and think, oh, I've got it,” he said. “You expect to shoot another 62, which is -- to shoot 62, you've got to have things going for you. You've got to be making the putts. You've got to get the right bounces. I think you've got to be realistic with your expectations.”
Friday, Piercy had to settle for a 67, which was still good enough to give him a share of the early clubhouse lead with William McGirt at 11 under.
“When I shot 62, my expectation was to hit fairways and greens, and it just happened,” Piercy continued. “Knowing that it's generally tough to follow up a course record, I just wanted to hit a bunch of greens, a bunch of fairways, and let it happen again.”
He did just that, hitting 79 percent of his fairways and 72 percent of his greens on the way to four birdies and just one bogey.
Now Piercy will try to continue that trend.
This year, he’s finished in the top 25 10 times -- his best finish was a third at the John Deere Classic. In his last two starts, Piercy has finished in the top 12.
Despite the 62 earlier in the week, though, Piercy knows that’s more the exception than the norm at Hamilton G&CC, which played as the third-most difficult course on the PGA TOUR the last time the tournament was played there.
“I like to be aggressive and shoot at things,” Piercy said. “Because the greens are so severe in spots, you want to be below the hole, putting up into them. Here it's more playing for pars and hoping that the birdies fall.”