American Sam Burns overcame an early double bogey and used a firm iron game and a solid putt to take the lead at the Safeway Open this Friday, a day of good numbers for Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo and Nelson Lauta Ledesma and the Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas.
Burns made nine birdies at 7-under 65 to reach 15-under at Silverado Resort, with Higgs two shots behind. Higgs closed with an albatross for a 62, the best round of the day in the PGA Tour season opener.
Burns started the day with a shot off the lead and started in the last nine. He was in immediate trouble when his tee shot on the 11th par 3 of 160 yards fell into the water. After a fall, Burns hit the green on three and two putts from 14 feet.
Burns quickly turned that disappointment into motivation. The 24-year-old from Louisiana birdied the next three holes.
“Woke me up, I guess,” Burns said. “He picked me up, like ‘Hey, come on.’ I just stayed with that and the golf course was open for me the rest of the day, “he described at the end of his day.
The Argentine Grillo continued with the solidity that he had shown in the first round, and signed a good card of 68 strokes, for a cumulative -7. A job similar to that carried out by his compatriot Ledesma, who also reaches -7.
The Venezuelan Vegas also made a return of 68 impacts and accumulates -6.