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Piercy sets course record at Silverado and takes lead

  • Scott Piercy hits the ball out of a bunker onto the third green of the Silverado Resort North Course during the first round of the Safeway Open golf tournament Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, in Napa, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    Scott Piercy hits the ball out of a bunker onto the third green of the Silverado Resort North Course during the first round of the Safeway Open golf tournament Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, in Napa, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)  (The Associated Press)

  • Scott Piercy follows his shot from the fourth tee of the Silverado Resort North Course during the first round of the Safeway Open golf tournament Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, in Napa, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    Scott Piercy follows his shot from the fourth tee of the Silverado Resort North Course during the first round of the Safeway Open golf tournament Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, in Napa, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)  (The Associated Press)

  • Scott Piercy waves after making a birdie putt on the first green of the Silverado Resort North Course during the first round of the Safeway Open golf tournament Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, in Napa, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    Scott Piercy waves after making a birdie putt on the first green of the Silverado Resort North Course during the first round of the Safeway Open golf tournament Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, in Napa, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)  (The Associated Press)

Scott Piercy began the new PGA Tour season by setting the course record at Silverado with a 10-under 62 to take a two-shot lead Thursday in the Safeway Open.

Conditions were practically perfect in the morning, and so was Piercy. He made 12 birdies , was rarely out of position except for two tee shots and even missed a pair of birdie chances inside 8 feet.

Paul Casey birdied his last three holes for a 64.

Phil Mickelson, playing a domestic PGA Tour event in the fall for the first time in a decade, teed off in the afternoon.

Jon Rahm of Spain began his PGA Tour career in fine fashion with a hole-in-one on his second hole of the round, the par-3 11th. He was at 66.