Partial Third-Round Notes – Saturday, October 15, 2016
Weather: Cloudy, with moderate rain showers in the afternoon. High of 66. Wind SW 10-20 mph.
Due to heavy rain, play was suspended for the day at 5:42 p.m. PT and will resume at 7:40 a.m. Sunday. Sixteen players did not complete their third round Saturday.
Partial Third-Round Leaderboard
Johnson Wagner -15 through 15 holes
Patton Kizzire -14 through 16 holes
Scott Piercy -14 through 15 holes
In search of his fourth career PGA TOUR victory and first since the 2012 Sony Open in Hawaii, Johnson Wagner held a one-stroke lead at 15-under through 15 holes when play was called for the day, due to heavy rain.
Should his lead hold, it would mark the fourth time Wagner has had a 54-hole lead/co-lead on the PGA TOUR. Of the previous three, he converted for the win at the 2008 Shell Houston Open and 2011 OHL Classic at Mayakoba.
Last season, Wagner collected three top-10 finishes in 26 starts, two of which were top-5 showings. Making it through the first two of four FedExCup Playoffs events, The Barclays and Deutsche Bank Championship, he finished 78th in the FedExCup standings.
In the 2014-15 season, Wagner finished outside the top 125 in FedExCup points, No. 150, for just the second time in the FedExCup era. He finished 130th in the inaugural season of 2007.
When play was called for the day Saturday, Alabama native Patton Kizzire was 5-under through 16 holes and 14-under total.
Kizzire has been less than stellar off the tee this week. In rounds one and two, he hit just six and five of 14 fairways in regulation, respectively. In round three, he had connected with seven of 13.
Kizzire earned his way onto the PGA TOUR last season as a rookie by virtue of being the leader of combined money in the 2015 Web.com Tour Regular Season and Finals.
For the second straight season, Kizzire is off to a hot start. Of his five top-10 finishes in 2015-16, two came in his first two starts (Shriners Hospitals for Children Open/T2 and Sanderson Farms Championship/T4).
When Scott Piercy returned Saturday morning, he had six holes to finish to complete his second round. In round three, he made it through 15 holes before play was called for the day. He was 1-over on the road and one stroke back.
Piercy is making his fourth start in the Safeway Open and second at Silverado. He missed last year’s cut, following rounds of 74-73.
Piercy is in search of his fourth career PGA TOUR win this week, having previously won the 2011 Barracuda Championship, 2012 RBC Canadian Open and 2015 Barbasol Championship.
When play was called for the day, Paul Casey was 1-under for the day and at 13-under total. He had offset a double-bogey seven at the fifth with birdies at Nos. 2, 8 and 10.
Casey is in search of his second career PGA TOUR win, having previously won the 2009 Shell Houston Open. He has seven runner-up finishes to his credit.
In Casey’s only other start at the Safeway Open, he finished T7 at CordeValle GC in 2011.
At 10-under with one hole to play in round three, PGA TOUR rookie Cody Gribble finds himself inside the top 10 at T8.
Gribble earned his rookie status by virtue of his 40th-place finish on the 2016 Web.com Tour priority list.
Gribble, who collected three top-25s in nine starts during the 2014 season on the Latinoamérica Tour, is making his seventh career start on the PGA TOUR. He made the cut in three of his past six starts, including a T21 finish at the 2014 U.S. Open. He also qualified for the 2015 U.S. Open, missing the cut at Chambers Bay.
Fourteen of the 21 2016-17 PGA TOUR Rookies in this week’s Safeway Open field made the cut.
For the third straight day, Phil Mickelson posted a 3-under 69 to get to 9-under 207.
Mickelson, who began round three nine strokes back, was six strokes back when play was called for the day. He is trying for his 12th PGA TOUR win in the state of California.
Mickelson has struggled off the tee this week, hitting five, six and five of 14 fairways in regulation in rounds one through three, respectively (16 of 42).
In Mickelson’s only previous start at the Safeway Open in 2007, he missed the cut at his (then) home course of Grayhawk Golf Club.