Steele defends Safeway Open as PGA Tour season gets underway

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Brendan Steele successfully defended his Safeway Open title on Sunday to kick off the new PGA Tour wrap-around season in California.

What happened at the Safeway Open?

Brendan Steele’s three-under-par closing round of 69 was enough to make it back-to-back wins at the Safeway Open.

Steele, who secured his third PGA Tour title by two shots, held off late charges from Tony Finau (69) and Phil Mickelson (70) as surprise overnight leader rookie Tyler Duncan fell away carding a three-over 75.

The 34-year-old American reached the turn bogey-free but after an eagle on the 5th from Finau they found themselves tied at the top of the leaderboard heading to the back nine.

Finau, whose only PGA Tour victory came at the Puerto Rico Open in 2016, faltered as the pressure intensified carding a double bogey on the par 4 14th.

It was Steele’s to lose and the defending champion closed out in style smashing a whopping drive from the 18th tee over 360 yards, a wedge shot later and a three-foot tap in secured the tournament for the second year running.

Talking point

Sangmoon Bae made a much-anticipated return to the PGA Tour last week after a two-year absence.

The South Korean last appeared on our TV screens at the 2015 Presidents Cup before heading back to his home country for military service to serve as a rifleman.

Unfortunately, there was no fairytale return as Bae missed the cut in California with a 73, 75 start. Under the PGA Tour rules the 31-year-old will remain exempt for the rest of the season following his win in 2014.

Best shots of the week

John Daly made his first cut on the PGA Tour since 2015 and boy did he do it in style…

If only we could all impress our mates this much…

And finally, Phil just being Phil…

Worst shot of the week

Well, maybe not the worst but certainly the most painful… ouch!

We’ve all been there, John…

Quote of the week

“Let’s just take a moment to admire the fact that I just hit a fairway…” – Phil Mickelson.

*insert crying with laughter face*

Stats of the week

This is how you get it done…

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