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Monday 23 January 2017

Harrington trails Piercy in Malaysia

Published 30/10/2015 | 02:30

Scott Piercy of the US watches his shot on the 18th hole
Scott Piercy of the US watches his shot on the 18th hole

Pádraig Harrington produced a solid opening round in the CIMB Classic in Malaysia yesterday - a four-under-par 68 putting the Dubliner inside the top 20 - but his efforts paled beside those of American Scott Piercy.

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Piercy fired a sensational 10-under-par 62 to hold a three-shot lead after day one at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.

The 36-year-old, a three-time winner on the PGA Tour, made 10 unanswered birdies, including a hat-trick at the start of his round. A chip-in at 13 and closing birdies on the 17th and 18th - the latter from 20 feet - put Piercy three shots clear of Japan's Hideki Matsuyama, who had eight birdies and a bogey in his round of 65.

"I made the putts I didn't last week and got a little lucky as well," Piercy said. "I only missed three or four greens today so if you got 14 chances, you're doing pretty well."

Keegan Bradley leads a five-strong group of players on six-under, with German Alex Cejka, Australian Cameron Smith and Americans Charles Howell III and Jason Gore also going round in 66.

Ryan Moore - chasing a third consecutive win in this event - opened with a five-under 67, one shot better than Adam Scott and Harrington, who had just one bogey on his card. They are in a tie for 16th but with ground to make up on Piercy. CIMB Classic Live, Sky Sports 4, 2.30

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