NAPA, Calif. (AP) - Scott Piercy began the new PGA Tour season by setting the course record at Silverado with a 10-under 62 to take a two-shot lead Thursday in the Safeway Open.
Conditions were practically perfect in the morning, and so was Piercy. He made 12 birdies , was rarely out of position except for two tee shots and even missed a pair of birdie chances inside 8 feet.
Paul Casey birdied his last three holes for a 64.
Phil Mickelson, playing a domestic PGA Tour event in the fall for the first time in a decade, teed off in the afternoon.
Jon Rahm of Spain began his PGA Tour career in fine fashion with a hole-in-one on his second hole of the round, the par-3 11th. He was at 66.
Ball don't lie.
"Hole in 1." pic.twitter.com/5VpJwgLkBx— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) October 13, 2016
Jon Rahm with a hole-in-one on the par 3 11th hole (his 2nd hole) at the Safeway Open. The first hole in one of the 2016-17 PGA Tour season— House of Sparky (@HouseOfSparky) October 13, 2016
45 minutes into the season and we have our first HOLE-IN-ONE!
Jon Rahm with the 1. pic.twitter.com/UpOsEm8LHG— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) October 13, 2016