Wagner takes lead at rain-interrupted Safeway Open


Another day and another rain-affected round as play was cut short in the third round of the Safeway Open, with Johnson Wagner the new leader.

The weather in Napa has proved to be disruptive at the PGA Tour's season-opening event - highlighted by Friday's rain delays - and it continued on Saturday. But while Wagner did not finish his penultimate round, the American golfer held a one-stroke lead through 15 holes when play was suspended.

Of the remaining field, more than 15 players did not complete their third rounds, including the leaderboard's top five, as they prepare to resume at 7:40 a.m. (PT) on Sunday.

It was a busy day for Wagner and Co. at Silverado Country Club, with most players forced to back up from their second rounds.

Wagner - two strokes off the lead when he resumed on Saturday - completed the final four holes of his second round for a bogey-free 67 and continued that fine form in the third, not dropping a shot with three holes remaining to leapfrog overnight Scott Piercy.

Piercy and fellow American Patton Kizzire are a shot behind Wagner, and yet to finish their third rounds.

After carding a second-round 67, Piercy was one over through 15, while Kizzire birdied six holes to be five under after 16.

Englishman Paul Casey (through 15) and Scot Martin Laird (through 16) are fourth and fifth respectively.

Michael Klim (65) and Brendan Steele (67) both finished their third rounds to be 11 under heading into the final round, a shot ahead of Whee Kim (66) and Cody Gribble (through 17).

Veteran Phil Mickelson shot a 3-under-par 69 to be tied for 10th, alongside Chez Reavie (68), Mackenzie Hughes (69), Kevin Na (70), Justin Thomas (66) and Troy Merritt (through 16).