2016 Safeway Open -Final Round Three

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Paul Casey

Due to heavy rain, play was suspended for the day at 5:42 p.m. PT Saturday and resumed at 7:40 a.m. Sunday. The third round ended at 8:23 a.m. Due to expected inclement weather in the afternoon, final-round tee times are between 9:00 a.m. and 10:50 a.m. in threesomes off tee Nos. 1 and 10.

 

Third-Round Leaderboard

Patton Kizzire               64-71-66—201 (-15)

Scott Piercy                  62-67-73—202 (-14)

Johnson Wagner           65-67-70—202 (-14)

 

Patton Kizzire

When the third round resumed Sunday morning, Alabama native Patton Kizzire had just the 17th and 18th holes to play to complete his third round. With a birdie at the par-5 18th hole, Kizzire takes a one-stroke lead into the final round at 15-under 201.

 

The only other time in which Kizzire has been atop the leaderboard after 54 holes was at the 2015 Sanderson Farms Championship. He finished T4.

 

With a win today, Kizzire would become the fifth player in the last six seasons to make the Safeway Open his first career PGA TOUR title (Bryce Molder/2011, Jonas Blixt/2012, Jimmy Walker/2013-14, Emiliano Grillo/2015-16). Sangmoon Bae (2014-15) had already won the 2013 AT&T Byron Nelson.

    

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 connected with eight of 14 (19/42).

 

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).

 

Scott Piercy

When Scott Piercy returned Sunday morning, the 18- and 36-hole leader had Nos. 16-18 to play to complete his third round. He made par at all three, good for a 1-over 73.   

 

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.

 

Johnson Wagner

In search of his fourth career PGA TOUR victory and first since the 2012 Sony Open in Hawaii, Johnson Wagner returned Sunday morning to play Nos. 15-18 in round three. He struggled in, taking a double-bogey six at No. 17 to post a 2-under 70.

 

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.

 

Paul Casey

When play resumed Sunday morning, Paul Casey was 1-under for the round through 15 holes in the third round. Making par at each, he finished played the round in 1-under 71. On Saturday, Casey 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.

 

Cody Gribble

With only the 18th hole left to play in round three Sunday morning, PGA TOUR rookie Cody Gribble made par to get in with a 2-under 70 and inside the top-10 at 10-under 206 (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.

 

Phil Mickelson

For the third straight day, Phil Mickelson posted a 3-under 69 to get to 9-under 207. He will begin the final round six strokes back.   

 

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.

 

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