Friday, August 17, 2018

Chip-in for eagle give Tyler Duncan the lead at Safeway Open

NAPA, Calif. — Tyler Duncan chipped in from the fringe for eagle on the par-5 18th hole Friday to take the second-round lead in the PGA Tour's season-opening Safeway Open.

Making his second career PGA start, Duncan shot 6-under 66 for a one-stroke lead over defending champion Brendan Steele at Silverado Resort and Spa.

Duncan, a Tour graduate who shared the first-round lead with Steele and Tom Hoge, also had seven birdies and three bogeys to reach 13-under 131.

"It's crazy, it's nothing I could have ever dreamed of," said Duncan, whose only other PGA event was as a regional qualifier in the 2015 U.S. Open. "I don't think it's sunk in yet, to be honest. It's something I've dreamed about for a long time. I'm just happy to be playing here and to be in the lead is something special."

Steele had six birdies and a bogey to shoot 67. He's 30 under is his past six rounds in the event.

Chesson Hadley, who began the second round seven shots behind the leaders, broke the course record with a career-best 61 to get within two strokes. He parred the final two holes.

"It's just one of those days everything was going my way," said Hadley, who had an eagle, 10 birdies and a bogey. "I was hitting great shots, good putts and got some good breaks.''

Carnoustie mark falls

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Tommy Fleetwood broke the course record at Carnoustie by shooting 9-under 63 to tie for the lead with defending champion Tyrrell Hatton after two rounds of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Hatton also tamed the tough British Open venue, shooting 65 to move to 11-under 133 in the PGA Europe event. The English golfers were a stroke ahead of first-round co-leader Nicolas Colsaerts (67) and two ahead of first-round co-leader Paul Dunne (68) and Marcel Siem (66).

Rory McIlroy shot 71 at Carnoustie and was at par 144. Eleven shots off the lead, he is likely to finish a season without a victory for the second time in his professional career.

Playing his first event since becoming a father for the first time last week, Fleetwood birdied six of the last eight holes to complete a bogey-free round and beat by a shot the course record held by 10 players.

"Any time you have a course record, especially on a golf course like this, it's brilliant to have," he said.

Carnoustie is seen as the most difficult of the three courses that stage the Dunhill Links. Kingsbarns and the Old Course at St. Andrews are the others.