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Angelica Greene | 10 October, 2017, 00:28

San Francisco: Defending champion Brendan Steele ripped up the back nine en route to a seven-under 65 to take a share of the lead after the first round of the USPGA Tour's Safeway Open on Thursday. "I really have been working hard on not letting myself get down when things don't go right, and it can be something small that puts me kind of emotionally down".

Thomas said he learned long ago to break up two to four goals into three categories - ones he should be able to achieve, one that are hard but still reasonable, and a few others that "are somewhat achievable if you have a great year like I did this year". "I'm just happy to be playing here, and to be in the lead is something special".

Through two rounds, Brendan has posted 12 birdies and an eagle against only two bogeys - one each day.

"It was really a solid day, very similar to yesterday", Steele said.

Phil Mickelson, seven shots behind Duncan entering the round after consecutive 69s, had 68 to join Bill Haas (69), Tony Finau (71) and Andrew Putnam (69) at 10 under.

Finau's round consisted of an eagle-3 on No. 5, birdies on Nos. His previous career best was a 64 in the opening round of the 2015 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Emiliano Grillo, the 2015 tournament victor, shot 68 to match Graham DeLaet (69) at 11 under.

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"I just had a lot of good looks", said Blair, who doesn't have a bogey through 36 holes. "It propelled me to my best season yet".

Emiliano Grillo, who won the event two years ago, was 7 under after a 70.

Mickelson, who finished eighth here past year, is seeking a first win since the 2013 Open Championship. He got it going on the back nine, making birdies on the last three holes. "I was in a lot of the fairways, a lot of greens and then made a few putts".

"A low round is out there", said Mickelson, who birdied three straight holes after double-bogeying the 14th - his fifth hole of the day.

"I feel like I've been playing pretty well".

John Daly, the two-time major victor who won his first PGA Tour Champions title in May, closed with a 79 to tie for 72nd at 5 over. He nailed just about each one except for finishing in the top 10 at half of his PGA Tour events.

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