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Patton Kizzire Leads Safeway Open After 54 Holes

Patton Kizzire shot a sizzling 6-under par on Saturday and leads the Safeway Open after 54 holes. Scott Piercy, the 36 hole leader, and Johnson Wagner are only one back at 14-under.

 
The 30 year-old Kizzire had something of a breakout season in 2016, finishing 82nd in the FedEx standings, while raking in nearly $1.5M in earnings. The Alabama native will be seeking his first PGA Tour win on Sunday at Silverado.

Top 10

1 Patton Kizzire -15
T2 Scott Piercy, Johnson Wagner -14
T4 Martin Laird, Paul Casey -13
T6 Michael Kim, Brendan Steele -11
T8 Whee Kim, Cody Gribble -10
T10 Phil Mickelson, Kevin Na, Bill Haas, Troy Merritt -9

Key To Success

Kizzirre, not the most accurate driver on Tour, improved his accuracy to 57% (8/14) on Saturday, up from a paltry 35% (5/14) the previous day. But the key to Kizzire’s game has been on the putting surface, where he’s 3rd in SG:Putting (6.975) and 4th in Putt Per GIR (1.614).

 
Through 3 rounds, Kizzire has averaged 292 yards off the tee while hitting 82% of greens in regulation.

Putt of the Day

Kizzire is the leader, thanks to putts like this one.

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