Scott Piercy is discovering that not everything you dislike is bad for you.
After two rounds in the Canadian Open, Piercy had a share of the lead with William McGirt — and had seen just about enough of Hamilton Golf and Country Club in Ancaster, Ontario.
“This golf course takes the juices out of it for me,” Piercy said Friday after following his opening 8-under 62 with a 67.
McGirt had a 66 on the classic Harry S. Colt-designed course, and the leaders matched the tournament 36-hole scoring record at 11-under 129.
Robert Garrigus was two strokes back after a 66, and Bo Van Pelt was 9 under after a 66.
The tight, tree-lined layout demands precision and often forces players to play it safe.
“This golf is boring golf for me,” said Piercy, the Reno-Tahoe Open winner last year for his lone PGA Tour title. “I’m not going for it. I’m not trying to put my foot on the accelerator. I’m kind of touch and go.”
McGirt was in much better spirits after a round that included a 50-foot birdie putt from the fringe on No. 8. He’s winless on the PGA Tour, and cautious about getting too far ahead of himself.
“There are still 36 holes left,” McGirt said. “There is a lot of golf left.”
American Gary Hallberg shot a 7-under 63 in the windy second round of the Senior British Open to take a three-stroke lead over Bernhard Langer and Tom Lehman in Turnberry, Scotland.
Hallberg was 6 under on Turnberry’s Ailsa Course. Langer followed his 64 with a 73. Lehman shot 71.
Fred Couples was tied for ninth at even par after a 68.
LEWIS SETS PACE
American Stacy Lewis shot a 3-under 69 to top the Evian Masters leaderboard at 12 under, a stroke ahead of South Korea’s Ilhee Lee in Evian-les-Bains, France.
Lewis opened with a 63 on Thursday. Lee followed her opening 66 with a 67.
South Korea’s Inbee Park and American Paula Creamer were 9 under. Park had a 64, and Creamer shot 67.
FINK WINS PAC AM
Hawaiian David Fink, who plays for Oregon State, made a 10-foot birdie putt on the fourth playoff hole to win the 46th Pacific Coast Amateur at Bandon Dunes Golf Course in Oregon.
Fink won a five-man playoffover Anton Arboleda, Michael Anderson, Matt Rawitzer and Taeksoo Kim after they finished 72 holes in 7-over-291.
Olympia’s Jarred Bossio, who held a three-stroke lead heading into the final round, shot a 10-over 82. He tied for 12th at 295.