A year after blowing the lead at 54 holes, Brendan Steele delivered in the clutch for a victory at the Safeway Open, the first event of the 2016-2017 PGA Tour season.
Steele’s three straight birdies to end the tournament with a low round of 65, defeating fellow American Payton Kizzire by a single stroke.
Steele trailed Kizzire by four strokes headed to Sunday, but had the lead cut in half at the turn by shooting a 4-under 32. The lead was still two after 15 before Steele drilled the three straight birdies. He earned 500 FedEx Cup points and $1.08 million for his performance.
“This is a little bit of redemption from last year,” Steele said. “It’s nice to close it off this way. You don’t often get that chance in life to really redeem yourself in the same way at the same place, and to basically do just the opposite,” Steele said.
Four players tied for third at 16-under, including Scott Piercy who opened the tournament with a 62 but cooled off thereafter.
Phil Mickelson, who played the tournament largely because he believed Tiger Woods would be playing, had a great weekend, finishing tied for eighth at 14-under.