American golfer Scott Piercy, who finished tied for second at the 2016 US Open back in mid-June, appears to be in fine form at the currently running Safeway Open. The tournament held in California, started on Thursday. Piercy leads the field after shooting 10 under par heading into day 2 on Friday.

Birdies in 66.7% of the holes

Piercy had birdies on two-thirds of the holes he played including three of the four par-five holes at the Safeway Open on Thursday. He was even better percentage-wise in par-four holes as hebirdied7 out of9.Here's a compilation of how he did on the various holes:

  • Par threes: Piercy went -1 on all the par threes combined
  • Par fours: Piercy went -6 on all the par fours combined
  • Par fives: Piercy went -3 on all the par fives combined

Piercy not betting favorite despite lead.

Piercy, despite taking the day-one lead, is not the betting favorite in the tournament.

That status belongs to 11/4 favorite Paul Casey of Great Britain according to the betting odds of bet365. Casey shot a -8 on day one and is currently tied for second place. The same betting firm makes Piercy a 9/2 second favorite.

The Napa event, which was formerly called the Frys.com Open in recent seasons, is one that is commonly won by an American player. The last two seasons have both gone against that trend, but in five of the last eight seasons an American has claimed the tournament.

Furthermore, an American has finished runner-up in six of the last eight seasons. There is clearly a pattern of American success at this California-based event, one that bodes well for Piercy's chances as well as some of the other Americans that are high in the standings.

Piercy not the provenwinnerthat Casey is

Of course another trend that may contain insight into who wins this year's Safeway Open has less to do with nationality and more to do with title counts. Casey, at the age of 39, has 16 professional wins while Piercy, at the age of 37, has just five. Neither player has a win year-to-date, however that does appear as though that could change this week.

The other contenders in the event are as follows:

  • American Patton Kizzire is 22/1 (Stan James) and at -8 (tied with Casey for 2nd)
  • Americans Johnson Wagner and Kyle Stanley are longshots (Stan James) but at -7 (tied for 4th)
  • Jon Rahm of Spain is 12/1 (bet365) and at -6 (tied for 6th)
  • Phil Mickelson remains on the shortlist of favorites (20/1 with bet365), however his -2 on day one only ties him for 30th

The tournament continues on Friday and throughout the weekend from California.

I think most will be looking for Casey to make up the two-stroke deficit.

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