STEELE WINS OPEN
BRENDAN STEELE erased the bitter memory of last year’s finalround failure, finishing with three straight birdies yesterday to win the rain-soaked US PGA Tour Safeway Open. Steele carded a seven-under par 65 at Silverado Resort in Napa, California for an 18-under total of 270. He was a shot clear of 54-hole leader Patton Kizzire, who carded a 70 for 271. England’s Paul Casey fired a 69 to head a group sharing third on 272 along with South Korean-born American Michael Kim and Americans Johnson Wagner and Scott Piercy. “This one’s awesome,” Steele said of his second US PGA Tour title. “Home state, start the year out, know I’m going back to the Masters – that’s all amazing,” said the Californian. Five-time major winner Phil Mickelson, who came into the event riding high on the emotion of America’s Ryder Cup victory, closed with a 67 that left him in a share of eighth, four shots off the lead.