Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – American Scott Piercy got off to a fast start and never looked back. The San Diego State grad shot an opening round, 10 under par 62 to take a three-shot lead at the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Piercy, a native of Las Vegas, birdied his first three holes on his way to opening nine 31 that features 5 birdies and no bogies. He added five more birdies without a bogey on the inward nine for a matching 31.
The leader is three shots clear of Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, he had eight birdies and a single bogey, on number 13, in his 7-under par 65. Five players are tied for third place after opening with 66 including Jason Gore, Alex Cejka, Cameron Smith, Charles Howell III and Keegan Bradley.
Defending Champion Off to Fast Start
Two time defending champion Ryan Moore and red-hot Kevin Na were in a group of eight players at 5-under par, 67. Moore, the winner of the event in 2013 and 2014 had six birdies and a single bogey in his round. Na, coming off back-to-back runner-up finishes at the Frys.com Open and the Shriners Open in Las Vegas, went bogey-free, capping his 67 with a birdie on the Par-5, 18th hole.
Stenson Starts Slowly
Tournament favorite Henrik Stenson of Sweden struggled to a 1-under par 71. The seventh ranked player in the world had four birdies but also racked up three bogies, including back-to-back dropped shots on 12 and 13. The 2014-2015 FedEx Cup runner-up is scheduled for knee surgery on December 9th in Orlando to repair the meniscus in his right knee.
Among other notables former world number one Adam Scott of Australia opened with a 4-under par 68, the same score as American Patrick Reed and former PGA and Open champion Padraig Harrington of Ireland. Englishman Paul Casey headlined a group at 69, while the group at 2-under par 70 included Sergio Garcia and 2012 tournament champion Nick Watney.
American Scott Brown recorded a hole-in-one on the Par 3, 15th hole as part of his round of 68.
Round two action resumes on Thursday night with Golf Channel’s coverage beginning at 10:30 pm EDT.