An Albatross, and a Hole in One, started the new season as Scott Piercy leads the Safeway Open at Silverado Resort & Spa in California, with a course record score.
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Scott shot an amazing opening round of -10 under par 62 at the Safeway Open, to lead by two strokes.
Last season Scott finished 37th in the season-long #FedExCup standings but only ranked 156th in strokes gained putting;
“The putter held me back but there was a lot of good.”
“It was pretty easy to see what’s going wrong.”
“When you break it down and say, ‘Alright, there’s a lot of good ball striking; chipping was actually pretty good,’ but the putter kind of fell flat on its face.”
Paul Casey and Patton Kizzire share second place at -8 under par for the tournament, and both bogey free.
Paul did not hit the bottle in the one week lay-off between seasons, he has wants to finish the year with a win, to get to Hawaii and the winners-only Hyundai Tournament of Champions event;
“I didn’t get fully stuck into the wine in the off-season or thinking that I’m done with the year.”
“I very much looked at it as this is just a two-week break that I would normally have during the season.”
“That’s the goal, if not, then I’ll probably do the Sony Open or something like that. But I’m going to at least get 10 weeks to fully charge it before coming back.”
Morgan Hoffmann made the first Albatross in this tournament’s history when his 251 yard second shot on the par five 18th dropped into the cup, he finished the round at -2 under with round of 70.
Jon Rahm completed the tournament action, holing his 7 iron tee shot for an Ace, from 173 yards on the par three 11th;
“First one I ever made in my life, very special moment.”
“It was hard to believe. I actually thought it hit like inside the hole and bounced out, but it stayed in.”