Three leaders with Sergio García and Cabrera Bello eliminated

The two Spaniards did not make it to the weekend in the first tournament of the 2020-2021 season. Brian Stuard, James Hahn and Cameron Percy lead with one day to go.


Americans Brian Stuard, James Hahn and Australian Cameron Percy completed the third round of the Safeway Open tournament on Saturday tied for first place in the standings after adding 200 strokes (-16), one advantage over three other golfers who reached the the 201 hits (-15) .

Stuard closed with a fast-paced birdie for a record of 66 shots (-6), while Hahn had 67 (-5) and Percy delivered a 68 (-4) card. On a day when eight players held or shared the lead, the trio of Stuard, Hahn and Percy emerged to the fore despite all three struggling at various times at Silverado Resort. Stuard, who started the day five strokes away from the lead, hit 10 of 14 fairways off the tee and had six birdies, including three in a row in the first nine. He then starred in the brightest play of the day when he putt just over six feet on par 5 of the 18th hole after hitting the tall grass and brilliantly overcoming it.

Hahn hasn't been quite as stable on the green, needing 28 putts in the third round, but he birdied numbers 15 and 16 for a 67. Percy finished with 68 to join the leading group. He almost went out of the hunt after bogeys at Nos. 11 and 14, but recovered with birdies on two of the final three holes. The leader of the second round, the American Sam Burns, fought to a 72 (even) that left him tied with his compatriot Harry Higgs (70, -2) and the Norwegian Kristoffer Ventura (66, -6), all three with 201 (-fifteen). The Argentine Emiliano Grillo shone by delivering a card of 65 strokes (-7), which allowed him to add 202 (-14) and share the seventh place with four other golfers, the Americans Stewart Cink (65, -7), Doug Ghim (69 , -3), DJ Trahan (70, -2) and Scotsman Russell Knox (70, -2) .

Several prominent golfers did not make the cut, including Sergio García and Rafa Cabrera Bello. Neither did players like Jordan Spieth or Luke Donald.

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