Piercy ahead in Houston

Scott Piercy leads the Shell Houston Open by two strokes after the opening round on Thursday.

The American carded an impressive nine under 63 at the Golf Club of Houston in Humble, Texas, for a two shot lead over fellow countryman JB Holmes and German Alex Cejka.

The 36-year-old started of decently enough, with three birdies in his opening nine. But Piercy got on a roll with six birdies on the next nine, including a two on the par three ninth, which would see him tie for the course record.

“Everything went right,” the two-time PGA Tour winner told ESPN.

“I hit the ball so good. It’s been building. I kept hitting good shot after good shot. By the end, I was trying to make birdies.”

Meanwhile, Phil Mickelson found himself in the mix after shooting six under 66. The Lefty is still looking for his first win since the Open championship in 2013.

“I got off to a quick start, birdieing three of the first four holes, and kept it going” said the five-time Major winner.

“The course is in pristine condition. The greens being soft are going to allow us to get more aggressive [aiming for] the pins and make some more birdies. The scores are going to be low. I’m just glad I was one of them.”