Safeway Open: Tyler Duncan takes second-round lead

  • Safeway Open: Tyler Duncan takes second-round lead

Safeway Open: Tyler Duncan takes second-round lead

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. He's 14 under overall for the tournament, one clear of the field. Past year at Silverado, he birdied the final three holes to overcome a four-shot deficit and beat Patton Kizzire by a stroke for his second PGA Tour title. Duncan was 31st on the Tour money list in 2017 but earned his 2017-18 Tour card thanks to T-5, T-12 and T-24 showings during the Tour Finals (which got him a top-25 finish on that money list, what he needed to secure a card).

"I feel OK now, but I'm not sure it's sunk in yet", said Duncan, whose only previous PGA Tour event was the 2015 U.S. Open as a sectional qualifier. Bourdy made four birdies in a row from the third at Carnoustie, while Dunne, who claimed a maiden pro win last week at the British Masters, had three birdies and a bogey in a 70 at Kingsbarns.

Duncan, making his second career PGA Tour start, had an erratic round.

However, the most dramatic round of the day came from Chesson Hadley after he broke the course record with a career best 61. He's solo second at 13 under. Bud Cauley shoots 66 to jump 12 spots to a tie for third at 12 under.

Emiliano Grillo of Argentina and Graham DeLaet of Canada are at 11-under.

Phil Mickelson was one of the pre-tournament favourites but he dropped three places to a share of 15th with his round of 69 and is now seven shots from the lead.

Mickelson has 11 PGA Tour titles in California, his home state. Bill Haas is also T-7 at 10 under. He finished eighth a year ago and is seeking his first title since the 2013 British Open.

This unbelievable approach led to an unlikely birdie.

Chesson Hadley sits alone in third place while Zac Blair and Tony Finau are now in a tie for fourth place on nine-under par.