Scott Piercy shot a course record on the opening day of the Safeway Open, as the new PGA Tour season began in style.
The American hit a 10 under par round of 62 at the Silverado Resort, in northern California, to secure a two-shot lead at the top of the leaderboard.
Piercy’s round included 12 birdies, with five coming during the final six holes for the US Open runner-up.
"Today was a good start to the season, good start to get some confidence with the putter,” he said.
However, fellow American Patton Kizzire and England’s Paul Casey are both breathing down Piercy’s neck after finishing the day on eight under par.
Kizzire is yet to taste a tour success, while Casey is winless in seven years, although the latter maintained his strong performance from the FedEx Cup play-offs by registering birdies on each of the last three holes.
The world number 12 is the highest-ranked player in the field, although Phil Mickelson is the star attraction after Tiger Woods’ withdrawal from the event earlier this week.
Mickelson began his tournament with a three-under-par round of 69 to occupy a position in the middle of the pack.
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