Steele goes back-to-back at Safeway Open

Conditions were a far cry from the soggy course seen during last year's final round, but the result was the same. Here's how things ended up at the Safeway Open, where Brendan Steele held off several contenders down the stretch to successfully defend his title:

Leaderboard: Brendan Steele (-15), Tony Finau (-13), Chesson Hadley (-12), Phil Mickelson(-12), Tyler Duncan (-11), Graham DeLaet (-11)

What it means: Steele started the day two shots behind Duncan, but as the leader wobbled out of the gates Steele took control with three birdies in his first nine holes. Bogeys on Nos. 12 and 14 created a tight race with Finau and Mickelson down the stretch, but a two-putt birdie on No. 16 gave Steele all the margin he needed before closing with a birdie for a 3-under 69. It's the third win of his career, and his second straight victory at Silverado.

Round of the day: Amid blustery conditions, Brandon Harkins' 4-under 68 proved to be the day's low score. Harkins made the most of his first start as a PGA Tour member, with seven birdies including four over his last six holes after starting on No. 10. It helped Harkins jump from 41st place all the way into a tie for ninth.

Source : The Golf Channel

posted at 09 Oct 2017 08:09:47



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