Piercy retains lead at rain-affected Safeway Open

Scott Piercy remains at the top of the leaderboard at the Safeway Open after a weather-affected second day at the PGA Tour season-opener.

Piercy carded a course record 62 on the opening day of the tournament in northern California and he was consolidating that advantage effectively, before play was stopped for the evening at the Silverado Resort.

The field was thrown behind schedule after play was suspended for almost three hours in the morning due to torrential rain, with the backlog unable to complete their rounds before dark.

However, after 12 holes, Piercy was sat at four under par for his round, leaving the US Open runner-up at 14 under – two shots ahead of fellow American Johnson Wagner.

England’s Paul Casey remained in the top three after also competing 12 holes, with the world number 14 three shots adrift of Piercy.

The highest-ranked of those players who managed to finish their rounds was the USA’s Bill Haas, who carded a two-under-par round of 70 to move into fourth spot.

Haas faced tougher conditions than Piercy and Casey, who both teed off under sunshine in the afternoon, yet he at least remained in contention with those above him at eight under.

“Eight under in two rounds out here, I think it's a good score,” Haas said.