Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Golf

Haas moves into contention at PGA Tour opener

NAPA, Calif. — Scott Piercy keeps finding ways to score even when he's not making a lot of putts.

Piercy pitched in from 40 yards for eagle on the par-5 ninth hole Friday, helping him keep a two-shot cushion at the rain-delayed Safeway Open until it became too dark to continue.

A steady rain that fell on Silverado for most of the bleak day halted the second round for 2:36. The delay meant the second round could not be completed until this morning.

Bill Haas shot 2-under 70 in the morning to move to 8-under 136 after 36 holes for the clubhouse lead.

Piercy, who opened with a course-record 62, made only one of his four birdie chances until his eagle at No. 9. He followed with a 10-foot birdie on the next hole to reach 14 under. He missed a 5-foot birdie on the 12th hole, his last of the day.

Johnson Wagner was at 12 under and had a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-3 15th when he decided to wait until morning. Paul Casey, who opened with 64, recovered from two bogeys late on his front nine with three birdies over his next four holes. He was 11 under through 12 holes.

"In my mind, I wanted to shoot 3 under on the front," Piercy said. "And luckily, I was able to do that."

No one from the afternoon starters finished the second round. The third round was to be played in threesomes off both tees, though more rain was in the forecast for the weekend.

Phil Mickelson had another 69 and was at 6-under 138.

LPGA: Brittany Lang hit driver for a tap-in eagle on the par-4 15th on her way to 7-under 65 and the second-round lead at the KEB HanaBank Championship in Incheon, South Korea, a day after Se Ri Pak ended her Hall of Fame career in front of her home fans. Lang was at 134, with Alison Lee (70) a shot back.

Champions: Doug Garwood birdied seven of the final 11 holes for 7-under 65 and the first-round lead at the SAS Championship, the tour's regular-season finale, in Cary, N.C. He led Brad Faxon by a stroke.

PGA EUROPE: Richard Bland rolled in six birdies in his last nine holes to shoot 7-under 64 in the second round of the British Masters at Watford, England, earning the Englishman a one-stroke lead at 11-under 131 as he seeks his first tour victory.

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