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Steele Steals Safeway Open From Kizzire

Brendan Steele (Courtesy of AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Brendan Steele opened his 2017 season with a bang as he managed to edge Patton Kizzire from the top of the leaderboard for his second career win and his first since he turned pro in 2011.

Steele (18-under-par) played immaculately logging only four bogeys and one double-bogey to 24 birdies over the four-day stretch. Sunday, however, was his best day by far shooting a seven-under, 65 with eight birdies. This win most likely means a lot to Steele, as he was the 54-hole leader going into last year’s Safeway Open (previously Fry’s Open) but a four-over par collapse in his final round dropped him well out of contention for the trophy.

Kizzire came into the final round at 15-under but couldn’t seem to get any momentum behind him as he shot a two-under, 70 to pull up one short of a tie for first in his final round at the Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, California. Kizzire was deadly with his putter this weekend, which was definitely a major key to his success as he went 56 for 56 inside of eight feet this weekend.

Paul Casey, who finished in third place at 16-under, has been stellar as of late. Casey has finished in the top-four in each of his last four starts on the PGA Tour. Unfortunately for Casey, that means he’s fallen short of a first place finish in his last four appearances, dating his last win way back to 2009.

With the 2017 PGA Tour season underway, that means there’s going to be plenty of golf to enjoy. Next week’s event heads to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the CIMB Classic where we’ll get to see the likes of Ryder Cup hero Patrick Reed and last year’s rookie of the year, Emiliano Grillo.

Until then, I’ll leave you with something that shows how good these guys are.


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