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Defending champ Steele, Duncan, Hoge share Safeway Open lead

  • Brendan Steele follows his shot from the second tee of the Silverado Resort North Course during the first round of the Safeway Open PGA golf tournament Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, in Napa, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) Eric Risberg

  • Brendan Steele follows his drive from the fourth tee of the Silverado Resort North Course during the first round of the Safeway Open PGA golf tournament Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, in Napa, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) Eric Risberg

  • Tom Hoge lifts his cap after making a birdie putt on the 18th green of the Silverado Resort North Course during the first round of the Safeway Open PGA golf tournament Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, in Napa, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) Eric Risberg

  • Tyler Duncan waves after making a birdie putt on the 17th green of the Silverado Resort North Course during the first round of the Safeway Open PGA golf tournament Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, in Napa, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) Eric Risberg

  • Phil Mickelson misses a birdie putt on the first green of the Silverado Resort North Course during the first round of the Safeway Open PGA golf tournament Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, in Napa, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) Eric Risberg

  • Phil Mickelson walks down the fairway after hitting from the second tee of the Silverado Resort North Course during the first round of the Safeway Open PGA golf tournament Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, in Napa, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) Eric Risberg

  • People watch Phil Mickelson putt on the 11th green of the Silverado Resort North Course during the first round of the Safeway Open PGA golf tournament Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, in Napa, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) Eric Risberg

  • Zach Johnson reacts after hitting from the second tee of the Silverado Resort North Course during the first round of the Safeway Open PGA golf tournament Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, in Napa, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) Eric Risberg

  • Emiliano Grillo, of Argentina, follows his shot from the first fairway of the Silverado Resort North Course during the first round of the Safeway Open PGA golf tournament Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, in Napa, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) Eric Risberg

  • Bryson DeChambeau follows his shot out of a bunker up to the second green of the Silverado Resort North Course during the first round of the Safeway Open PGA golf tournament Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, in Napa, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) Eric Risberg

  • Kevin Tway hits the ball out of a bunker onto the seventh green of the Silverado Resort North Course during the first round of the Safeway Open PGA golf tournament Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, in Napa, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) Eric Risberg

  • Chez Reavie, right, is greeted by his caddie after making a birdie hitting out of a bunker onto the seventh green of the Silverado Resort North Course during the first round of the Safeway Open PGA golf tournament Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, in Napa, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) Eric Risberg



Associated Press
Friday, October 06, 2017

NAPA, Calif. – Brendan Steele opened his Safeway Open title defense Thursday with a 7-under 65 for a share of the lead with Tyler Duncan and Tom Hoge in the PGA Tour’s season opener.

Lucas Glover, Chez Reavie, Emiliano Grillo and Jamie Lovemark were two shots back at 67.

Steele had an eagle, six birdies and a bogey. Last 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, making his first start as a PGA Tour member, also had six birdies, an eagle and a bogey.

Hoge, beginning his fourth PGA Tour season, had seven birdies. He had a back-nine 30 with six birdies.

Phil Mickelson, the 42-time PGA Tour winner beginning his 27th PGA Tour season, birdied the 18th from 7 feet for a 69. The 47-year-old Mickelson, playing in his 91st PGA Tour event since his last title at the 2013 British Open, had five birdies and two bogeys.