PGA Tour

Duncan maintains PGA Tour lead in Napa

2017-10-08 06:27
Tyler Duncan (Gallo Images)

San Francisco - US PGA Tour rookie Tyler Duncan fired a one-under par 71 on Saturday to maintain a one-stroke lead in the Safeway Open in Napa, California.

Duncan countered four bogeys with five birdies on the North Course at Silverado Resort and Spa to build a 54-hole total of 14-under par 202.

That kept him one shot in front of Chesson Hadley, who followed up his second-round 61 with a two-under 70 for 203.

Hadley had three of his four bogeys on the front nine but found six birdies on the day to keep the pressure on Duncan.

Bud Cauley climbed the leaderboard with a 66 for 204, sharing third place with Brendan Steele (72).

Steele started the day one shot off the lead but his two birdies were balanced by two bogeys.

Argentina's Emiliano Grillo and Canadian Graham DeLaet were a further stroke back on 205.

Five-time major champion Phil Mickelson headed a group on 206, alongside Andrew Putnam, Bill Haas and Tony Finau.

Mickelson, who hasn't won since his 2013 British Open triumph, strung together four straight birdies from the fourth through the seventh holes.

He had seven birdies overall to put himself in contention in the first tournament of the US PGA Tour's 2017-18 season.

Leading third-round scores on Saturday in the US PGA Tour Safeway Open at Napa, California (USA unless noted, par-72):

202 - Tyler Duncan 65-66-71

203 - Chesson Hadley 72-61-70

204 - Bud Cauley 69-69-66, Brendan Steele 65-67-72

205 - Emiliano Grillo (ARG) 67-70-68, Graham DeLaet (CAN) 69-67-69

206 - Phil Mickelson 69-69-68, Andrew Putnam 71-66-69, Bill Haas 72-65-69, Tony Finau 70-65-71

207 - Nick Taylor (CAN) 71-68-68, Jason Kokrak 70-69-68, Kevin Na 71-70-66, Bronson Burgoon 70-68-69, Martin Laird (SCO) 71-67-69, Harold Varner 69-68-70

208 - Ben Martin 74-66-68, Matt Jones (AUS) 72-68-68, Tom Hoge 65-73-70, Ted Potter 72-71-65

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