Published: Aug 06, 2011 5:16 AM EDT
Updated: Aug 07, 2011 6:30 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Scott Piercy reeled off eight consecutive birdies on the front nine then eagled the 616-yard 18th to break the course record with an 11-under 61 Saturday at the Reno-Tahoe Open.

The 32-year-old Las Vegas native seeking his first PGA Tour victory parred the first hole and then birdied the next eight to make the turn at 8-under 28. That tied both the longest birdie streak and lowest nine holes in relation to par posted on the PGA Tour this year.

Piercy began the back nine with four pars then two birdies. On the par-5 18th, he drove the ball 340 yards and hit his approach inside 7 feet before dropping the eagle putt to move atop the leaderboard at 13-under 203 through three rounds.