Snedeker leads PGA Tour season opener

American Brandt Snedeker has opened a three-stroke lead in the US PGA Tour's season openber in California.

07-Oct-2018 By Australian Associated Press
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Australian Open drawcard Brandt Snedeker has claimed a three-stroke lead into going into the final round of the US PGA Tour's season-opening Safeway Open.

Snedeker birdied the last three holes on Saturday to shoot a three-under 69 and get to 16-under 200 on the North Course at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa Valley, California.

Signed to play in next month's Australian Open at The Lakes in Sydney, Snedeker has been in fine form and won the Wyndham Championship in August, opening with a 59 en route to his ninth PGA Tour title.

He leads from Kevin Tway (68) with Sungjae Im (69) at 12 under, and Bill Haas (67) 11 under.

Australia's Aaron Baddeley climbed into a tie for fifth, six shots behind Snedeker, with a 69.

Countryman Brett Drewitt is set to collect a decent reward after putting his honeymoon on hold to get into the field via qualifyng. He shot a 69 to be tied 35th at six under.

Reigning Australian Open champion Cameron Davis slipped slightly with a 72 to be tied 56th in a handy start to his first US PGA Tour season.

Phil Mickelson, tied for second entering the round, had a 74 to drop into a tie for 15th at eight under.


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