TORONTO: American Scott Piercy took advantage of superb scoring conditions by firing an eight-under 62 on the Hamilton Golf and Country Club course. “I hit a lot of fairways and a lot of greens today,” he said. Piercy, who started on the 10th tee, eagled the par-five 17th and fourth holes on the rain-softened course in the first round which included a 20-minute weather delay. British Open champ Ernie Els opened with a two-over 72, leaving him 10 off the pace. Adam Hadwin, 23, was the top Canadian with a 66 in the event which also serves as the national championship. Canadian golfing icon Mike Weir, a former Masters champion, hit a 72, and was tied for 112th with Els. Jim Furyk, a Canadian Open winner in 2006 and 2007, shot 70.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 28th, 2012.