Brendan Steele goes back-to-back at Safeway Open

Brendan Steele goes back-to-back at Safeway Open

Brendan Steele goes back-to-back at Safeway Open

Chesson Hadley, who began the second round seven shots behind the leaders, broke the course record with a career-best 61 to get within two strokes.

Brendan Steele rallied in windy conditions to successfully defend his title at the Safeway Open in California on Sunday and become the tournament's first repeat victor.

Two birdies on the front nine were overshadowed by three bogeys on the opening three holes and two more on the 7th and 8th holes. But he missed a short putt for birdie on the 16th and a short putt for par on the 17th. "But I put myself in a situation where a playoff or a win with that eagle putt". Steele finished two shots clear of his countryman Tony Finau.

Beginning two shots off the pace, Steele posted back-to-back birdies from the fourth and added a six-foot gain at the ninth to reach the turn in 33.

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

"I was with my parents when I got the call, so I was able to kind of share the moment with them a little bit".

"I'm not hitting it perfectly straight right now but (still) finding a way to get the job done right now", he said. "It propelled me to my best season yet".

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Thomas previously won the PGA of America award as player of the year, which is based on points.

After a bogey on the second hole, Mickelson birdied five of his last six holes on the front nine to move to 11 under and within two shots of the lead.

The event was the opener of the 2017-18 PGA Tour season.

Brendan Steele is the Safeway Open champion! Mickelson hasn't won on the PGA Tour since the 2013 Open Championship.

Among the highlights of his round - which included 10 birdies, an eagle and a single dropped shot on the par-four sixth - was a 166-yard tee shot on the 15th to set up an eight-foot birdie putt. Tyler Duncan, who led the event after the third round, finished tied for fifth with Graham DeLaet at 11-under par.

2 - Phil Mickelson continued his good run of form with a tied third finish at Silverado. He nailed just about each one except for finishing in the top 10 at half of his PGA Tour events.

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