DeLaet in PGA hunt

Sunday Sports - - SPORTS - — Post­media wire ser­vices

NAPA, Calif. — PGA Tour rookie Tyler Dun­can parred the 18th hole for a scram­bling 1-un­der 71 to main­tain a one-stroke lead yes­ter­day af­ter three rounds of the Safe­way Open.

Dun­can, whose only pre­vi­ous PGA Tour event was the 2015 U.S. Open, had five birdies and four birdies to reach 14-un­der 202 in the sea­son opener at Sil­ver­ado Re­sort and Spa.

Ches­son Hadley, a one­time PGA Tour win­ner who had a course-record 61 in the sec­ond round, was a stroke back af­ter a 70.

Bud Cauley, win­less in five PGA Tour sea­sons, shot a 66 to join de­fend­ing cham­pion Bren­dan Steele (72) at 12 un­der. Emil­iano Grillo, the 2015 tour­na­ment win­ner, shot 68 to match Cana­dian Gra­ham DeLaet (69) at 11 un­der.

DeLaet of Wey­burn, Sask., shot a 3-un­der 69. Nick Tay­lor of Ab­bots­ford, B.C., is 9 un­der af­ter a 68, Corey Con­ners (70) of Lis­towel, Ont., is 7 un­der while Ben Sil­ver­man (71) of Thorn­hill, Ont., and David Hearn (69) of Brant­ford, Ont., are 4 un­der. Con­ners and Sil­ver­man are mak­ing their de­buts as full PGA Tour mem­bers.

Phil Mick­el­son, seven shots be­hind Dun­can en­ter­ing the round af­ter con­sec­u­tive 69s, had a 68 to join Bill Haas (69), Tony Finau (71) and An­drew Put­nam (69) at 10 un­der.

Mick­el­son has seven con­sec­u­tive rounds in the 60s in the event. He fin­ished eighth last year and is seek­ing is first ti­tle since the 2013 Bri­tish Open.

Af­ter a bo­gey on the sec­ond hole, the 47-yearold Mick­el­son birdied five of his last six holes on the front nine.

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