Brendan Steele Repeats as Safeway Open Champion
American Brendan Steele fired a 3-under 69 to win the Safeway Open by two strokes, repeating as champion at the tournament.
Steele birdied the par 5 16th and 18th holes to finish two strokes ahead of Tony Finau. Chesson Hadley and a reinvigorated Phil Mickelson finished tied for third, three strokes off the lead.
It’s the third PGA title for Steele, 34, who also won the Valero Texas Open in 2011. He won $1.1 million and 500 FedEx Cup points for his trouble.
Finau was tied with Steele at 14-under thanks to his birdie on No. 13, but double-bogeyed No. 14 to fall out of contention.
Mickelson started the day four strokes off the lead, but closed within one shot of Steele by birdying NO. 16. He followed with a bogey on 17 that let the air out of his balloon. His third-place finish was the 27th of his 27-year PGA Career. He is winless since taking the 2013 Open Championship.
Tyler Duncan led the tournament after 54 holes, but finally came undone on Sunday with five bogeys on the front nine. He finished tied for fifth with an ungainly 75.