Defending champ Steele tied at top of Safeway Open


In his last event of the 2016-'17 season, Steele used a Cameron T-5 model, but used his Futura X7 expertly in winning the Safeway for the second year in a row and the third title of his PGA Tour career. "This place is so great to me". "This place is so great for me, I feel so comfortable here and it's been a great run".

Phil Mickelson, seven shots behind Duncan entering the round after consecutive 69s, had 68 to join Bill Haas (69), Tony Finau (71) and Andrew Putnam (69) at 10 under.

Hadley finished 12 strokes under par, tied with Phil Mickleson.

Steele also used the same Wilson FG Tour 100 muscleback blade irons that he employed at the Safeway previous year.

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.

Steele was honored during a ceremony on the 18th green. After all that, it was no surprise when the tour said Wednesday that Thomas had been voted the PGA Tour player of the year. That was about as hard as it can play out there.

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Brendan Steele fired a 12-under-par 65-67 - 132 Thursday and Friday at the Safeway Open in Napa to take the outright clubhouse lead, with few golfers out on the course. Steele notched three birdies on the front nine Sunday, scores that came in handy after he bogeyed the par-4 12th and 14th holes. He called it a brutal wind, with lots of holes playing directly into the wind, with lots of uncomfortable shots. "But I put myself in a situation where a playoff or a win with that eagle putt. It was still pretty cool". Mickelson remains winless since the 2013 Open Championship.

"Unfortunately, on the front nine I made a couple of bogeys and made the turn at 1 over", Mickelson said.

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

It looks like John Daly is bringing some of his Champions Tour mojo to the PGA Tour's new season, which began this week at the Safeway Open in Napa, Calif.

Hadley finished with a 73.

Chesson Hadley, a one-time tour victor who had a course-record 61 in the second round, was a stroke back after 70.