There is a three-way tie at the top of the Safeway Open leaderboard after the first round at Silverado Country Club in California. Brendan Steele the defending champion, Tyler Duncan and Tom Hoge share the honor.
Last years winner Brendan Steele with the Trophy / getty
Tom was bogey free in his first round -7 under par 67, while Brendan and Tyler both had a bogey apiece in their opening rounds of the Safeway Open.
Brendan, had a good putting day;
“A little bit of everything worked for me today, I had a really good ball-striking day.”
“I don’t think I missed a green, so that really helps.”
“And then I had a good putting day as well, so you put that together and it’s going to be pretty good.”
Tyler said the course fits his game;
“I thought the course would fit my game because hitting the fairways is important.”
“There are a lot of sections in the greens that you’ve got to hit into and to hit it into those sections from the rough is pretty challenging.”
Tom also made a few putts;
“I played really well the whole day, I was in a lot of fairways, on a lot of greens and the made a few putts.”
These guys are two shots ahead of the four-way tie for fourth place, Lucas Glover, Chez Reavie, Jamie Lovemark and Emiliano Grillo from Argentina, all scoring -5 under 67 to open their accounts here.
Phil Mickelson, at -3 under, did not play as well as he had hoped for;
“It wasn’t exactly how I wanted to play starting out, but I didn’t hurt myself too much after the first round.”
“But I didn’t drive it the way I’ve been driving it. And this golf course, if I’m driving it well, my iron play is going to give me a lot of opportunities.”
“Just trying to figure out why I wasn’t feeling comfortable with the driver.”
“The rhythm was a little bit out of whack, a little quick from the top. I’ve actually been driving the ball pretty well, but it was a little bit off today.”