Scott Piercy began the new
Conditions in Napa were practically perfect in the morning, and Piercy took advantage. He made 12 birdies, only three of them from inside 10 feet, and he even missed a pair of birdie chances from inside eight feet.
He wasn't alone in attacking Silverado.
Jon Rahm of Spain, who earned his PGA Tour card from sponsor exemptions last season after wrapping up his college career at Arizona State, began his PGA Tour career as a member in fine fashion. He made a hole-in-one — the first one of his life — on his second hole, the par-three 11th. His seven-iron from 173 yards flew straight into the cup.
"Very special moment," Rahm said. "It was hard to believe. I actually thought it hit inside the hole and bounced out."
Mickelson and Casey have had the best calendar years without winning based on the world ranking points they have earned. Mickelson is playing his final tournament of 2016, while Casey plans to play the next two in Asia before taking off the rest of the year.
Pak bids adieu at
Se Ri Pak ended her Hall of Fame career in tears Thursday in front of her adoring home fans in the LPGA KEB HanaBank Championship in Incheon, South Korea.
Overcome at the end of the sunny afternoon at Sky 72, Pak cried nearly throughout a retirement ceremony on the 18th hole. The Little Angels children's choir sang, players wore "SE RI" hats and farewell messages were played in a video montage.
It mattered little to the fans and players, many of them drawn to golf by Pak, that she shot an eight-over 80 and was tied for last — 15 strokes behind leader Alison Lee — before withdrawing.
Hampered by left shoulder problems, the 39-year-old Pak said in March that this season would be her last and she stepped away as planned after the first round of the tour's lone South Korean event.
Pak won 25
Playing alongside defending champion Lexi Thompson and Chinese star Shanshan Feng in the final group, Pak bogeyed the first hole and four of the first six. She bogeyed the first five holes on the back nine, birdied the par-four 15th and closed with three straight pars.
Lee shot a 65 to take a three-stroke lead. The 21-year-old American birdied the final two holes and four of the last six on the Jack Nicklaus-designed Ocean Course.
Lee Westwood returned to form with a four-under 67 in the first round at the British Masters in Watford, England, leaving the Englishman a shot out of the lead.
Westwood failed to win any of his three matches in Europe's loss to the United States in the
Westwood birdied five of his first eight holes at The Grove.
Finland's Mikko Ilonen, Scotland's Marc Warren, England's Tommy Fleetwood and South Africa's Richard Sterne shared the lead at 66.
Ian Poulter shot a seven-under 64 in his return from a four-month layoff because of a foot ailment for a share of the Macau Open lead.
The Englishman didn't play competitively for 14 weeks because of an arthritic joint in his right foot that made it difficult to walk and now requires him to wear a special insole.