11 Jan 2013

American Piercy sets early pace at Waialae

6:14 pm on 11 January 2013

The American golfer Scott Piercy took a step in the right direction in his aim of winning multiple events on the PGA Tour this year when he charged into a one-shot lead after his opening round of the Sony Open in Hawaii this morning.

The long-hitting American birdied both par-fives as he fired a flawless six-under-par 64 on the tight, tree-lined layout at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu to finish a stroke in front of compatriot Jeff Overton.

Fellow Americans Charles Howell III, Matt Kuchar and Tim Herron, and Australian Matt Jones, were among a group of seven players who opened with 66s on a breezy, mainly overcast, day.

Piercy, who won his second PGA Tour title at last year's Canadian Open, has set his sights on at least doubling his career tally of wins on the U.S. circuit by the end of 2013.