Las Vegas, Nevada (August 7, 2011)–There are two official PGA Tour events being played this weekend, and after three rounds, golfers with strong ties to Las Vegas golf courses are in the lead. Adam Scott leads the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational while Scott Piercy leads the Reno-Tahoe Open. Piercy shot a magnificent 61 in the third round to bolt up the leader board. –By Brian Hurlburt.
"It was fun to see the ball go in the hole," Piercy told the media following his 11-under par round. "The first two days were kind of a little frustrating because I hit it well and didn't see a whole lot go in. I told my caddie yesterday, if I can keep hitting it well and get a few balls to go in the hole, we might do something special. I didn't think this, but I'll take it when I can get it." Piercy, who grew up in Las Vegas and was a part of a Nevada State High School golf championship team and two high school soccer team championships, had 10 birdies and an eagle in the round. Former UNLV Rebel Chris Riley was in a tie for third entering the final round.
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Scott, who is now 31-years-old and is a former UNLV Rebel, is the old man on the Bridgestone leader board. He was being trailed by the likes of Ryo Ishikawa and Jason Day, among others, so called young guns. Scott was pleased with his play and continues to putt well since switching to a 49-inch long putter.
"It took me a couple days' practice at home to feel comfortable with it, and I think that was partly — I was so uncomfortable with the short putter at the time that you could have given me anything to putt with and it would have been better," Scott told the media. "It only took a couple days, and I started liking it a lot, because I saw a lot of putts going in, just putting at home on the green. After a couple weeks, I was kind of over the thing of I am going to use a long putter; I could care less. I just want to make putts and make the game a little easier for myself, so it didn't bother me too much. It turned a few heads here in the locker room, but I think it's justified itself so far. I think a few people have taken notice of how I'm putting."