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May 18 2013

6:19 PM

Piercy stars in long-putting show

Watch Scott Piercy drain a putt from 45 feet on the 17th hole Saturday.

By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM

IRVING, Texas -- During an eight-hole stretch in Saturday's third round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship, Scott Piercy rolled in two putts from outside 45 feet, and another from outside 30 feet.

Piercy hasn't sank a bunch of long-distance putts this year -- he ranks tied for 94th on the PGA TOUR in average distance of putts made -- but holing those three on Saturday came at an opportune time, since Piercy moved into sniffing distance of Keegan Bradley's lead entering the final round.

Piercy is at 10 under, three shots off the pace, and will play in the next-to-last group with Tom Gillis.

"It's not often you make a couple of long ones," Piercy said. "When the putter starts going you start making the short ones first. It's hard to hit it close at this golf course with this wind and these conditions, so you have to put it on the green and putt well.

"Today my long putts went in."

Piercy entered this week with little momentum. He had missed the cut in four of his five previous starts and had just two rounds in the 60s since he finished third at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

"My ball striking hasn't been at a point to be in contention," Piercy said. "So I think the ball striking is starting to come around, looks like the putter warmed up a little bit and going to play steady golf tomorrow and take my birdies where I can get 'em and eliminate the bad stuff."

SCOTT PIERCY DIALS LONG DISTANCE IN RD. 3

Hole Par Length of Piercy's putt
10 4 Made 45 feet, 2 inch putt for birdie
12 4 Made 30 feet, 3 inch putt for birdie
17 3 Made 45 feet, 5 inch putt for birdie
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