Brendan Steele of the USA won the Safeway Open at the Silverado Resort in California for a second year running. Steele finished two shots clear of his countryman Tony Finau.

Brendan Steele fired a final round of 69 at Silverado to finish the Safeway Open on 14-under-par and win the first event of the 2017-18 PGA Tour wraparound season. Steele ended the week two shots clear of Tony Finau with Phil Mickelson and Chesson Hadley tied for third.

Steele began the final round two shots adrift of Tyler Duncan but, as the 54-hole leader stumbled, Steele held strong in testing, windy conditions. The 34-year-old birdied the 16th and 18th holes to secure his third PGA Tour victory and a defence of the title he claimed 18 months ago.

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“I’m getting pretty spoiled winning the first event of the year twice,” said Steele, from South California. “This place is so great to me. I feel so comfortable here and it’s been a great run.”

Tony Finau had a great chance to claim his second PGA Tour victory but he came unstuck on the par-4 14th when his drive ended under a tree and he racked up a double bogey.

“I was happy the way I hung in there; I didn’t hit a lot of quality shots off the tee coming in like I needed to,” Finau said. “But I put myself in a situation for a possible playoff or a win. It was still pretty cool.”

3 Talking points from the Safeway Open

1 – It was a good week for title defences. After Tyrrell Hatton completed a second straight win in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, Brendan Steele successfully defended the Safeway Open. This is an event that clearly brings out the best in Steele. His last top-10 on the PGA Tour was in the Players Championship back in May.

2 – Phil Mickelson continued his good run of form with a tied third finish at Silverado. He got within a shot after 16 holes but a bogey on the 17th put paid to his chances. Mickelson hasn’t won on the PGA Tour since the 2013 Open Championship.
“It’s just keep playing to keep giving myself chances,” the 47-year-old said. “It will happen.”

3 – It was a difficult final round for Tour rookie Tyler Duncan. He led through 36 and 54 holes but couldn’t handle the pressure on Sunday. He bogeyed the first three holes and could never get back into it from there. He finished with a 75 and in a tie for fifth place.

Safeway Open
Silverado Resort and Spa, Napa, California
October 5-8
Purse: $6,200,000 Par: 72

1       Brendan Steele (USA)    65     67     72     69     273   $1,116,000
2       Tony Finau (USA)          70     65     71     69     275   $669,600
T3     Phil Mickelson (USA)      69     69     68     70     276   $359,600
T3     Chesson Hadley (USA)   72     61     70     73     276   $359,600
T5     Graham DeLaet (Can)   69     67     69     72     277   $235,600
T5     Tyler Duncan (USA)       65     66     71     75     277   $235,600
T7     Andrew Landry (USA)    71     69     69     69     278   $199,950
T7     Bud Cauley (USA) 69     69     66     74     278   $199,950
T9     Tyrone van Aswegen (RSA) 71 67    72     69     279   $161,200
T9     Grayson Murray (USA)   70     69     71     69     279   $161,200
T9     Brandon Harkins (USA)  72     70     69     68     279   $161,200
T9     Nick Taylor (Can)           71     68     68     72     279   $161,200

Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage