Brendan Steele successfully defends Safeway Open title

Steele off to hot start in defence of title

He parred the final two holes but it was still a career-best round by three shots.

Zac Blair (66) and Tony Finau (65) were 9 under, and Graham DeLaet (67) and Brian Davis (66) were another stroke back. The winds blew out of the north - unusual for this area - at up to 25 miles per hour, creating an added challenge with driving, approach shots, the short game and controlling the ball on the par-72 course that measures 7,166 yards. "Probably the best shot I've ever hit in my life under those circumstances", he said.

Steele, who has two wins on the Tour, recorded five birdies in a six-hole stretch from number 13 to number 18.

Steele had six birdies and a bogey in a 67.

Defending champion Brendan Steele is a shot further back and eased to 11/2 from 11/4 overnight.

He said: "Let's take a moment to admire the fact that I just hit a fairway".

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"I had seen the weather forecast for the whole week, that Sunday was going to be windy and it seems like Sunday's always the hardest day on the PGA Tour for whatever reason, the weather comes in". This will definitely set up my season and hopefully springboard me into another really good year.

“A little bit of everything worked for me today, ” Steele said. His fifth victory was at the TPC Boston, where he outlasted Spieth on the back nine for a three-shot victory.

Fresh off a dominant Presidents Cup victory, Phil Mickelson got the 2017-18 PGA Tour season kicked off with a t-3 with Chesson Hadley at 12 under.

2 - Phil Mickelson continued his good run of form with a tied third finish at Silverado. After Tyrrell Hatton completed a second straight win in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, Brendan Steele successfully defended the Safeway Open. The 47-year-old Mickelson, playing in his 91st PGA Tour event since his last title at the 2013 British Open, had five birdies and two bogeys.

The current leader Tyler Duncan was tied at the top after the first round but bogeyed on the second, third and fourth to sit at one under for the day after four second-round holes on the front nine. Daly had missed the cuts in his past 12 PGA Tour events.

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