Monday 18 November 2019

Harrington trails Piercy in Malaysia

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

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.

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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