NAPA, Calif. – By many accounts, 2016 was Scott Piercy’s best season on the PGA Tour.
He missed just four cuts in 24 starts, finished second twice and earned more money ($2.9 million) than he ever had in a single year. But he didn’t win and in the limited time he had between seasons, he knew there was room for improvement.
“It was easy to see what was going wrong,” he said on Thursday at the Safeway Open.
Piercy ranked 156th in strokes gained: putting last season, so he set about looking to improve on the greens; and if his first round of the 2016-17 season was any indication he’s proving to be a quick study.
He needed just 22 putts on his way to a Silverado Resort & Spa course-record 62 and ranked first in the field in strokes gained: putting.
“I’ve been working on the putter a lot and trying to get some things figured out,” said Piercy, who led by two shots when he completed his round. “Today was a good start to the season, good start to get some confidence with the putter.”
Piercy switched to a new putter this week and started using AimPoint, a method used by some Tour players that focuses on the use of arms and fingers to determine the line, in the offseason.
“My misses [with his putter], I would take it outside and shut and wipe across it,” Piercy said. “The new putter is a little shorter so I can get my eyes over the ball, kind of get in a better posture and I just worked on letting the thing swing.”