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Piercy geared for another fine Hawaii show

Casey and Pampling may be left in his wake

Scott Piercy has performed well at Waialae in the last two years
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Sky Sports 4, midnight

Justin Thomas lit up the Sony Open in Hawaii with an 11-under-par 59 on Thursday and he is 8-5 with Betfred to get the better of close friend Jordan Spieth and Daniel Berger in the second round at Waialae Country Club.

However, better threeball bets exist and it could pay to back Scott Piercy when he gets going at 6pm GMT alongside England's Paul Casey and Australia's Rod Pampling.

Casey has a mountain to climb to extend his stay on the island into the weekend after a four-over-par 74 on Thursday which left him tied for 142nd.

He could not get his putter going at all and it would be no surprise if his head went down early in his round.

Pampling is playing in the tournament for the first time since 2007 and while his struggles were not on the same level as Casey's, the Aussie, who won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in the autumn, was nothing more than solid.

Piercy, however, found plenty of greens in regulation on a track where he was second two years ago and he put in a decent show last year, when he was tied for 13th.

He has been able to maintain the form that saw him secure fourth place at the OHL Classic of Mayakoba in his last tournament, which could have been better had he not slipped out of contention with a closing 70.

The three-time PGA Tour winner should be able to build on his Thursday 66.

Russell Knox has failed to make the cut on four of his five visits to Waialae but he was in inspired form on Thursday and can come out on top of his 10.10pm group that includes Chris Kirk and Richy Werenski.

Knox, who was 13th in the tournament two years ago,  found 17 of 18 greens in regulation on his way to an opening 64, while Kirk was unable to keep up with the pace with a one-over-par 71.

Werenski, a winner on the Web.com tour, had his best round of the season with a 65, but it seems unlikely he will last the pace.

This is his sixth main tour event of the season with a 35th in the Safeway Open being his best finish.

He has also failed to match his first round score in the second round in four of his previous five outings.

Recommendations
S Piercy to win threeball
2pts 11-8 Betfred
R Knox to win threeball
2pts 11-10 bet365, Sky Bet 

 

Piercy found plenty of greens in regulation on a track where he was second two years ago and he put in a decent show last year, when he was tied for 13th
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