NAPA, Calif. — Adam Schenk was nearly flawless in his first round of the 2020-21 PGA season, shooting an opening 4-under-par 68 Thursday at The Safeway Open.

While the round wasn't completed by the press deadline, the Vincennes golfer should be inside the top 30 going into today's second round.

Schenk notched two-putt birdies of four feet and tap-in distance on the 560-yard ninth and 574-yard 16th par-5 holes. He also collected birdies on the 406-yard, par-4 fourth, the 418-yard, par-4 sixth and the 399-yard, par-4 12th on putts of nine, 12 and 11 feet. His only blemish was on the 363-yard, par-4 eighth, when he couldn't get up and down from a greenside bunker, missing a four-footer.

Russell Knox had a two-shot lead among the early wave of golfers, firing a 9-under 63.

Schenk is in the afternoon group today, starting on the 10th hole at 4:20 p.m. (EDT) was playing partners Denny McCarthy and Brian Stuard, who carded a 5-under 67.

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