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Piercy shoots 62 to take Canadian Open lead

Published: Thursday, July 26 2012 9:50 p.m. MDT

ANCASTER, Ontario — Scott Piercy shot an 8-under 62 on Thursday in the first round of Canadian Open, taking advantage of perfect scoring conditions at rain-softened Hamilton Golf and Country Club.

Piercy eagled the par-5 fourth and 17th holes and had five birdies and one bogey.

Greg Owen and William McGirt were a stroke back, and Robert Garrigus had a 64.

Ernie Els, the British Open winner Sunday at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, opened with a 72.

Jim Furyk, the winner in 2006 at Hamilton and 2007 at Angus Glen, shot a 70.

SENIOR BRITISH OPEN: At Turnberry, Scotland, Bernhard Langer shot a 6-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead over Mark McNulty after the first round.

Langer, the German star who won the 2010 tournament at Carnoustie, had six birdies on Turnberry's Alisa Course.

Tom Lehman, Michael Allen, David Frost, Jay Don Blake, Dick Mast and Chien Soon Lu shot 66.

Tom Watson opened with a 69.

Greg Norman, Fred Couples and Mark Calcavecchia also shot 72.

EVIAN MASTERS: At Evian-les-Bains, France, Stacy Lewis made seven consecutive birdies and tied the Evian Masters record with a 9-under 63 to open a two-stroke lead after the first round.

The American, a two-time winner this year on the LPGA Tour, matched three-time champion Helen Alfredsson's tournament record set in 2008.

Japan's Ai Miyazato, the 2009 and 2011 winner, had a 71. Slumping Michelle Wie shot 73, and top-ranked Yani Tseng had a 76.

LYONESS OPEN: At Atzenbrugg, Austria, Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen shot a 4-under 68 to take a three-stroke lead during the suspended second round of the Lyoness Open.

The round was suspended because of heavy rain and lightning.

NATIONWIDE CHILDREN'S INVITATIONAL: At Columbus, Ohio, Trevor Murphy has a three-stroke lead after shooting a 63 as play was suspended due to weather.

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