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    Thanks to Lyle, Piercy puts comeback into perspective

  • This week is Scott Piercy’s first TOUR start since The Honda Classic at PGA National. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) This week is Scott Piercy’s first TOUR start since The Honda Classic at PGA National. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Scott Piercy is on the comeback trail, but he knows there are many others out there going through things much worse than he is.

Piercy, who injured his right arm in February – badly enough that it required surgery – is making only his 10th TOUR start of the season. He had to withdraw from The Honda Classic in February saying at the time: “I’ve never felt such pain in my life.”

Later he found it was a torn flexor digitorum superficialis.

As difficult as comebacks are for TOUR players, Piercy carries a unique perspective by reflecting on the powerful journey of close friend Jarrod Lyle. Lyle is making his professional golfing return at the Web.com Tour this week after a long battle with leukemia. The two-time PGA TOUR winner is wearing a pin this week to show his support for Lyle.

Click here to read about Lyle’s road to recovery told by Helen Ross.

“He’s a great guy,” said Piercy. “I’m glad to see him back – we’re all happy he is back and happy, and we wish him the best.

“I’d rather go through elbow surgery than go through leukemia,” Piercy went on to say after shooting a 1-over-par 71 Saturday at the RBC Canadian Open. He currently sits at 2-under.

Piercy’s third round got off to a fast start – making four birdies on the front nine – but struggled to a back nine 40.

He didn’t blame the late struggles on Saturday on his arm though.

“It’s alright. I really didn’t play as bad as it looked on the back, I just got a lot of bad bounces,” he explained. “My (putter) broke, I had to use a back-up that I’ve never used.

He made two “rehab” starts on the Web.com Tour at the Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank (T11) and the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco (missed cut) in preparation for the RBC Canadian Open.

“This is where I feel like I belong. It feels more right to be here,” he said. “I wanted to come back a few weeks ago at the Greenbrier but I didn’t feel like I was ready.”

The native of Las Vegas captured the 2012 Canadian Open at Hamilton Golf and Country Club, and explained how much he enjoys coming to Canada to compete.

“Coming back here as a winner feels good – hearing your name on the first tee as a ‘past champion’ is a good thing.”

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