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August 9 2013

1:22 PM

'Kind of ugly' 71 leaves Piercy in hunt


Scott Piercy is at 2-under 138, the best start to a major of his career. (Redington/Getty Images)

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Scott Piercy was just trying to make pars.

"Pars can never hurt you," he said.

Not when the rain is coming down in buckets. Not when you're drenched, your clubs are wet and the the ground is completely saturated.

Mother Nature wasn't quite as cruel when Piercy started his round. He bounced back from a three-putt on the first hole with a string of three straight birdies that began at No. 4 and had him briefly tied for the lead.

As the rain continued in earnest, though, he played his final 12 holes in 3 over and settled for a 71. Still Piercy is 2 under for 36 holes, which is his best start in nine major championships.

"I was glad I made those three birdies, because from then I was just trying to hang on," Piercy said. "It's one of those times where your equipment is starting to get wet. It's raining so hard, the balls, your club face is getting wet when you are teeing it up and the ball is getting wet so the ball is squirting on you. You start getting mud balls a little bit.

"Then the wind started picking up and swirling a little bit.  It wasn't playing easy. The greens are obviously soft now, so if you are in the fairways and have mud on your ball, you are probably doing okay. It got pretty tough there for a while.

"I'm pretty happy with my round. I wasn't very clean, kind of ugly, but overall to be 2 under going into the weekend, I think I'm in a good spot."

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