Scott Piercy Leads the Safeway Open After Round One

Scott Piercy is the first round leader of the Safeway Open after shooting a course record 62 at Silverado Country Club in Napa, California.

 
The 37 year-old Piercy is at 10-under par, following his record-setting round, which included 12 birdies. Playing in one of the morning’s marquee groups, alongside Matt Kuchar and Kevin Na, Piercy ripped off 7 birdies over the first 10 holes.

Despite his record setting day, Piercy finds himself only 2 strokes up on Paul Casey and Patton Kizzire, heading into Friday’s round two. Both Casey and Kizzire went bogey-free on their way to 8-under 64s.

Top 10

1 Scott Piercy -10
T2 Paul Casey, Patton Kizzire -8
T4 Johnson Wagner, Kyle Stanley
T6 Bill Haas, Jon Rahm, Troy Merritt -6
T8 Martin Laird, Seung-Yul Noh, Brendan Steele, Cody Gribble -5

Key To Success


When you set a PGA Tour course record, you’re not going to struggle too much in any aspect. And Piercy was pretty solid all around today, finishing 3rd in SG: Off The Tee (1.68) and 15th SG: Approach To The Green. It was his putting, however, that was the key to his round. Piercy was #1 in both SG: Putting (4.411) and Putts Per GIR (1.308).

Biggest Disappointment

Smylie Kaufman started out his season with a double bogey on the first hole.

And it didn’t get much better for the young rising star as he went Double Bogey-Par-Bogey-Bogey-Birdie-Bogey-Bogey.

Most Painful Missed Putt

Phil Mickelson started out his 2016-17 season with two straight bogeys. The most painful one being a 2 foot rim job.

Phil recovered nicely, and ripped off two straight birdies.

Quotes

“I feel like the putter is coming around. And once you see a couple go in, the hole starts to open.”
Scott Piercy, dicussing his birdie binge.

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This post was produced by a Pro Golf Weekly staff member.



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