Brendan Steele wins 2nd straight Safeway Open

Tricia Pearson
October 10, 2017

Hadley raced to the turn in 30 and the possibility of a sub 60 round began to look even more likely when he birdied four of his first six holes on the way in but he missed the green at the 17th then missed the fairway at the last but his brilliant round has him nicely placed.

Brendan Steele shot a three-under round of 69 to clinch the Safeway Open trophy for the second year in a row.

John Daly, the two-time major victor who in May won his first PGA Tour Champions title and is playing via a sponsor exemption, birdied the 18th for a second-round 69 to make the 1-under cut at 143.

"I was hitting great shots, good putts and got some good breaks".

Brendan Steele won the tournament at 15-under, while Tony Finau finished at minus-13.

Steele made birdies on Nos. Like Steele, Finau shot a 3-under 69 on Sunday.

He said: "Let's take a moment to admire the fact that I just hit a fairway". After all that, it was no surprise when the tour said Wednesday that Thomas had been voted the PGA Tour player of the year.

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"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".

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. “I had a really good ball-striking day.

Fresh off a dominant Presidents Cup victory, Phil Mickelson got the 2017-18 PGA Tour season kicked off with a t-3 with Chesson Hadley at 12 under.

Brendan Steele reflects on defending his Safeway Open title in California.

Emiliano Grillo, the 2015 champion, remains in the hunt at 11 under after shooting a 68, joined in a tie for fifth by Graham DeLaet (69). For the shortened week, he carded seven birdies against nine bogeys and a double.

Finau still has just one PGA Tour victory in his career, with that coming in last year's Puerto Rico Open.

He ended joint-third with Chesson Hadley at 12 under - the 47-year-old's highest finish in a Tour event since being the runner-up at the 2016 Open Championship. He nailed just about each one except for finishing in the top 10 at half of his PGA Tour events.

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