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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.

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