Scott Piercy Leading at Shell Houston Open

After a flawless opening round in Houston on Thursday, Scott Piercy will no doubt has his eyes on qualification for the Masters with a win this weekend. Piercy currently leads the Shell Houston Open following an impeccable 9-under 63 opening round, a tied record on the course, leaving him a stroke clear of second place.

“It’s the first round,” Piercy said, not getting ahead of himself. “If I’m sitting here Sunday, then I’ll be super-excited. If I (keep playing) like I did today, I would say there’s a pretty good chance of that.”

Following closely behind Piercy is Alex Cejka, who made four birdies on the front nine (Cejka’s back nine) to finish with a 64.

Next on the leaderboard is J.B. Holmes, who scored 65. The 32-year-old managed to reach 8-under at one point, before finding a fairway bunker on No. 6.

Phil Mickelson, Charles Howell III and Luke Guthrie all tied on 66 for the opening round, three strokes behind Piercy.

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