Monday, December 11, 2017
Golf

PGA Tour rookie Tyler Duncan keeps lead at Safeway Open

NAPA, Calif. — PGA Tour rookie Tyler Duncan parred the 18th hole for a scrambling 1-under 71 to maintain a one-stroke lead Saturday after three rounds of the Safeway Open.

Duncan, whose only previous tour event was the 2015 U.S. Open, had five birdies and four birdies to reach 14-under 202 in the season opener at Silverado Resort and Spa.

Chesson Hadley, a one-time tour winner who had a course-record 61 in the second round, was a stroke back after 70.

Bud Cauley, winless in five tour seasons, shot 66 to join defending champion Brendan Steele (72) at 12 under. Emiliano Grillo, the 2015 tournament winner, shot 68 to match Graham DeLaet (69) at 11 under.

Phil Mickelson, seven shots behind Duncan entering the round after consecutive 69s, had 68 to join Bill Haas (69), Tony Finau (71) and Andrew Putnam (69) at 10 under.

Mickelson has seven consecutive rounds in the 60s in the event. He finished eighth last year and is seeking his first title since the 2013 British Open.

After a bogey on the second hole, Mickelson birdied five of his last six holes on the front nine to move to 11 under and within two shots of the lead. But he missed a short putt for birdie on the 16th and a short putt for par on the 17th. He made a short birdie putt on the 18th.

PGA Europe: Defending champion Tyrrell Hatton opened a five-shot lead heading into the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St. Andrews, Scotland. A bogey-free 7-under 65 put Hatton, a second-round co-leader, at 18-under 198 and in a commanding position to defend the title he won by four shots last year. In the tournament played on three courses — St. Andrews' Old Course, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns — Gregory Bourdy (66) was Hatton's closest challenger at 13 under. Second-round co-leader Tommy Fleetwood, who shot a course-record 63 at Carnoustie on Friday, followed that with 4-over 76 at Kingsbarns and was 7 under. Rory McIlroy shot 68 at Kingsbarns and was 4 under, one above the cut line. Hatton is trying to become the first man to successfully defend this title.

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