Safeway Open R1

Russell Knox takes opening lead

September 10-13
Silverado Resort and Spa North, Napa, California
$6,600,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4




Russell Knox holds the first round lead after a 9-under 63 in the first event of the new PGA Tour season after firing seven birdies and an eagle on the fifth hole.


”I knew this week that par-5 scoring would be big to your ultimate performance,” he said. ”I hit a beautiful drive on No. 5 and hit a nice little 3-hybrid in there and managed to get it back there kind of close and made a nice putt. Obviously, it was a day where a lot of good things happened and definitely nice to get off to a good start.”

Knox suffered a disappointing end to the previous season after missing out on the FedEx Cup playoffs, having qualified the previous six years. He used his time to best effect preparing for the Safeway Open and adjusting to new coach Mark McCann.



”I’ve worked as hard as I ever have the last two weeks before this event, so it’s really nice to see something good happen immediately. ‘I definitely feel like my game is heading in the right direction.”

Sam Burns, Cameron Percy and Bo Hoag are tied a shot back at 64 and two times past champion Brendan Steele and Pat Perez are tied at 65.


Burns followed up an eagle on the 16th with an unfortunate bogey on 17 when he missed a 7-foot putt but rallied with a birdie at 18 to get to 8-under.

”My iron play was good, made some good putts,” he said. ”Unfortunately, kind of a bad bogey on 17 but overall a good day.”

Phil Mickelson warmed up for next week’s U.S. Open with a 71.

”The best way to get ready for Winged Foot is to play well here,” he said. ”These fairways are tighter and more difficult to hit than what we’ll have next week. But the rough is going to be a lot more penalizing next week so it’s a great way to work on driving, work on your golf swing.”



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Play was delayed in the morning due to fog and some late starters were unbale to finish their rounds. Thick smoke from fires has filled the sky for the past two weeks and heavy ash fell earlier in the week.

”Yesterday was very uncomfortable,” Steele said. ”I hadn’t seen anything like that as far as playing golf in it. I’ve been around too many fires in my time, but yeah, with the ash coming down and just how dark it was. I mean, (noon) there’s lights on the putting green. That’s not a normal occurrence for us. It really affected me yesterday, too. I didn’t feel right all day.”




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Russell Knox
-9
63
T2
Sam Burns
-8
64
T2
Cameron Percy
-8
64
T2
Bo Hoag
-8
64
T5
Pat Perez
-7
65
T5
Brendan Steele
-7
65
T7
Tom Hoge
-6
66
T7
Scott Harrington
-6
66
T7
Akshay Bhatia
-6
66
T7
Andy Zhang
-6
66
T11
Charley Hoffman
-5
67
T11
Chez Reavie
-5
67
T11
Carlos Ortiz
-5
67
T11
Harold Varner III
-5
67
T11
Joohyung Kim
-5
67
T11
Patrick Rodgers
-5
67
T11
D.J. Trahan
-5
67
T11
Tim Wilkinson
-5
67
T11
Brian Stuard
-5
67
T11
Stewart Cink
-5
67
T21
Shane Lowry
-4
68
T21
Mark Hubbard
-4
68
T21
Branden Grace
-4
68
T21
Adam Schenk
-4
68
T21
Zac Blair
-4
68
T21
Martin Laird
-4
68
T21
Mark Anderson
-4
68
T21
James Hahn
-4
68
T21
Rob Oppenheim
-4
68
T21
Austin Cook
-4
68
T21
Wesley Bryan
-4
68
T21
Bud Cauley
-4
68
T21
Charl Schwartzel
-4
68
T21
Keegan Bradley
-4
68
T21
Doug Ghim
-4
68
T36
Lucas Glover
-3
69
T36
Brandon Hagy
-3
69
T36
Kristoffer Ventura
-3
69
T36
Nelson Ledesma
-3
69
T36
Talor Gooch
-3
69
T36
Xinjun Zhang
-3
69
T36
David Hearn
-3
69
T36
Wyndham Clark
-3
69
T36
Harry Higgs
-3
69
T36
Jim Knous
-3
69
T36
Jonathan Byrd
-3
69
T36
Sean O’Hair
-3
69
T36
Vincent Whaley
-3
69
T36
Ben Taylor
-3
69
T36
Jamie Lovemark
-3
69
T36
Kevin Chappell
-3
69
T36
Ricky Barnes
-3
69
T36
Denny McCarthy
-3
69
T36
Maverick McNealy
-3
69
T36
Emiliano Grillo
-3
69
T36
Brice Garnett
-3
69
T36
William McGirt
-3
69
T36
Cheng Tsung Pan
-3
69
T59
Si Woo Kim
-2
70
T59
Kevin Tway
-2
70
T59
Kyle Stanley
-2
70
T59
Cameron Tringale
-2
70
T59
Doc Redman
-2
70
T59
Chesson Hadley
-2
70
T59
Luke List
-2
70
T59
J.B. Holmes
-2
70
T59
Jhonattan Vegas
-2
70
T59
Sepp Straka
-2
70
T59
J.J. Spaun
-2
70
T59
Chase Seiffert
-2
70
T59
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
-2
70
T59
Michael Gligic
-2
70
T59
Chris Stroud
-2
70
T59
Erik van Rooyen
-2
70
T59
Hudson Swafford
-2
70
T59
Jason Dufner
-2
70
T59
Andrew Putnam
-2
70
T59
Michael Gellerman
-2
70
T59
Shintaro Ban
-2
70
T59
Rafael Campos
-2
70
T81
MJ Daffue
-1
71
T81
Kramer Hickok
-1
71
T81
Scott Stallings
-1
71
T81
Joel Dahmen
-1
71
T81
Sahith Theegala
-1
71
T81
Chris Baker
-1
71
T81
Sangmoon Bae
-1
71
T81
Ryan Blaum
-1
71
T81
Martin Trainer
-1
71
T81
Hank Lebioda
-1
71
T81
Isaiah Salinda
-1
71
T81
Peter Malnati
-1
71
T81
Sam Ryder
-1
71
T81
Cameron Davis
-1
71
T81
Josh Teater
-1
71
T81
Scott Piercy
-1
71
T81
Ryan Armour
-1
71
T81
Phil Mickelson
-1
71
T99
Matthew NeSmith
E
72
T99
Sergio Garcia
E
72
T99
Ted Potter, Jr.
E
72
T99
Aaron Baddeley
E
72
T99
Nick Watney
E
72
T99
Camilo Villegas
E
72
T99
Peter Uihlein
E
72
T99
Sebastian Cappelen
E
72
T99
John Senden
E
72
T99
George McNeill
E
72
T99
Will Gordon
E
72
T99
Johnson Wagner
E
72
T99
Aaron Wise
E
72
T99
Patton Kizzire
E
72
T99
Kevin Streelman
E
72
T99
Jim Furyk
E
72
T99
Tyler Duncan
E
72
T116
Roger Sloan
1
73
T116
Brandt Snedeker
1
73
T116
Jordan Spieth
1
73
T116
Alex Cejka
1
73
T116
Robby Shelton
1
73
T116
Hunter Mahan
1
73
T116
Rhein Gibson
1
73
T116
Zack Sucher
1
73
T116
Beau Hossler
1
73
T116
Bill Haas
1
73
T116
Grayson Murray
1
73
T116
Wes Roach
1
73
T128
Tyler McCumber
2
74
T128
D.A. Points
2
74
T128
Rafa Cabrera Bello
2
74
T128
Matt Every
2
74
T128
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
2
74
T128
Dominic Bozzelli
2
74
T128
Robert Streb
2
74
T128
Ryan Brehm
2
74
T128
K.J. Choi
2
74
T128
Anirban Lahiri
2
74
T128
Kelly Kraft
2
74
T128
Luke Schniederjans (a)
2
74
T128
Graham DeLaet
2
74
T128
Scott Brown
2
74
T142
Nate Lashley
3
75
T142
Joseph Bramlett
3
75
T142
Henrik Norlander
3
75
T142
Chad Campbell
3
75
T142
Seamus Power
3
75
T142
Troy Merritt
3
75
T148
Peter Kuest
4
76
T148
Michael Kim
4
76
T148
Roberto Castro
4
76
T148
Steve Watanabe Jr
4
76
T152
Shawn Stefani
5
77
T152
Brian Gay
5
77
T152
Fabián Gómez
5
77
T155
Luke Donald
6
78
T155
Parker McLachlin
6
78
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