Local lad Piercy tipped for glory

The PGA Tour makes its annual trip to Las Vegas as the second event of the FedEx Cup season begins on Thursday.

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Local lad Piercy tipped for glory

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The PGA Tour Season moves on to its second event when the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open tees off on Thursday.

The Shriners Hospital for Children Open is the second tournament of the FedEx Cup season and takes place at the TPC at Summerlin in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Argentinean Emiliano Grillo took out the first event last week, winning the Frys.com Open in a thrilling two-way play-off ahead of Kevin Na for his maiden Tour crown.

Being very familiar with the Summerlin course has shown its benefits, with two of the last four winners - Na and Ryan Moore - being Nevada residents.

World number five Rickie Fowler is the biggest name to take part in what is not an especially strong field.

However Scott Piercy, who was born and raised in Las Vegas, has emerged as one of the favourites to take out the tournament.

The 36-year-old won the Barbasol Championship in July and has been playing some of the best golf of his career in 2015.

With superior knowledge of the Summerlin course, he could emerge as one of the men to beat as he searches for a fourth PGA Tour win.

Piercy praised PGA's change of schedule to have the Falls Series become part of the FedEx Cup points chase, a decision he believes saved his home event.

"I think it saved four or five tournaments," Piercy told the Las Vegas Review.

"Without the FedEx points, I don't know if these tournaments like the Shriners, the Frys and McGladrey would still be around."

Ben Martin will return to defend his title, while the likes of Jason Dufner, Hunter Mahan, Brendan Steele, Jhonattan Vegas, Brandt Snedeker and Jason Bohn are also in the field.

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