Steele gets first PGA Tour win in 5 years

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NAPA, CALIF. >> Bren­dan Steele earned re­demp­tion at Sil­ver­ado and won the Safe­way Open for his first PGA Tour vic­tory in more than five years.

Steele ral­lied from four shots be­hind in the rain Sun­day and fin­ished with three straight birdies for a 7-un­der 65, giv­ing him a one-shot vic­tory over a fal­ter­ing Pat­ton Kizzire.

A year ago at Sil­ver­ado, Steele lost the 54-hole lead by shoot­ing 40 on the back nine.

He two-putted from long range on the par-5 16th, holed an 18-foot birdie on the 17th and then made a 7-foot birdie putt on the 18th.

Kizzire strug­gled to find fair­ways on the back nine. Need­ing birdie on the par-5 18th to force a play­off, he missed the green with a 9-iron and failed to chip in for birdie.


INCHEON, SOUTH KOREA >> Car­lota Ci­ganda beat Ali­son Lee with a birdie on the first hole of a play­off in the rainy LPGA event after each player lost big leads.

The 26-year-old Spa­niard won her first LPGA Tour ti­tle with a 6-foot putt after Lee’s birdie chip from the rough off the back edge of the green missed a halfinch to the right.

Ci­ganda over­came a five­stroke deficit to Lee, then blew a five-stroke ad­van­tage on the fi­nal five holes — get­ting into the play­off when Lee bo­geyed the par-5 18th after hit­ting into the wa­ter.

Ci­ganda played the fi­nal five holes in 4 over — mak­ing a dou­ble bo­gey on 14 and bo­geys on 16 and 18 — for a 2-over 70 at Sky 72. Three strokes ahead of U.S. Women’s Open cham­pion Brit­tany Lang en­ter­ing the day, Lee had a 75 to match Ci­ganda at 10-un­der 278 on the Ocean Course.

Need­ing a par on 18 for her first vic­tory, Lee hit a wedge that smacked into the front bank and bounced into the wa­ter. The 21-year-old was able to drop a few feet off the right edge of the green, chipped past and made a 5-footer to force the play­off.

Lee had four bo­geys in a five-hole stretch in the mid­dle of the round to seem­ingly fall out of con­tention. But while Ci­ganda fal­tered in the group ahead, Lee made a 5-foot birdie putt on the par-4 15th and a 12-footer on the par-3 17th.

China’s Shan­shan Feng (70) and South Korea’s Min-Sun Kim (71) tied for third at 8 un­der.


CARY, N.C. >> Doug Gar­wood ran away with the SAS Cham­pi­onship for his first PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons ti­tle, clos­ing with an 8-un­der 64 for a four-stroke vic­tory.

The 53-year-old Gar­wood won in his 44th start on the 50-and-over tour. He fin­ished at 16-un­der 200 in the reg­u­lar-sea­son fi­nale at Pre­ston­wood Coun­try Club.

Gar­wood birdied the last three holes on the front nine for a 6-un­der 30, made it four in a row on the par-4 10th, added birdies on the par-5 13th and 16th and closed with a bo­gey.

Bern­hard Langer, two strokes ahead of Gar­wood and Larry Mize en­ter­ing the day, had a 70 to fin­ish sec­ond. Mize shot a 69 to tie for third with Tom Byrum (65) and Jeff Sluman (68) at 11 un­der.

The top 72 play­ers on the money list earned spots in the Charles Sch­wab Cup Play­offs opener, the Pow­erShares QQQ Cham­pi­onship at Sher­wood in Cal­i­for­nia on Oct. 28-30.

Corey Pavin fin­ished 72nd with $183,192, but is side­lined by a right el­bow in­jury and won’t play at Sher­wood. Michael Bradley was 73rd, $2,388 be­hind Pavin. Bradley closed with a 69 to tie for 13th at 6 un­der. A spot also was avail­able for the top fin­isher in the top 10 in the tour­na­ment who ended up out­side the top 72 for the sea­son, but all the top-10 fin­ish­ers were in the top 72.


WAT­FORD, ENG­LAND >> Swe­den’s Alex Noren held on to win the Bri­tish Masters for his third Euro­pean Tour vic­tory in his last eight tour­na­ments.

Noren shot a 2-un­der 69 at The Grove to fin­ish at 18-un­der 266. He also won the Scot­tish Open and Euro­pean Masters in Switzer­land.

Aus­tria’s Bernd Wies­berger was sec­ond after a 67.

Eng­land’s Lee West­wood (67) was 15 un­der, and North­ern Ire­land’s Graeme McDow­ell (68) was 13 un­der along with France’s Alexander Levy (67), Swe­den’s Peter Han­son (70) and English­men Tommy Fleet­wood (70) and Richard Bland (71).


MA­CAU >> Thai­land’s Davit Tangkamol­prasert won the Ma­cau Open in a play­off after In­dia’s Anirban Lahiri birdied the fi­nal seven holes to force ex­tra holes.

The 27-year-old Pavit birdied the par-5 18th in reg­u­la­tion for a 7-un­der 64 to match Lahiri (65) at 16-un­der 268 in the Asian Tour event at Ma­cau Golf and Coun­try Club.

On the 18th on the first play­off hole, Pavit made another birdie for his first tour ti­tle after Lahiri found the wa­ter haz­ard with his sec­ond shot and fin­ished with a bo­gey.

Eng­land’s Ian Poul­ter, tied for the first-round lead at 64 in is re­turn from a four-month break, shot a 73 to tie for 28th at 3 un­der. He was side­lined by an arthritic joint in his right foot.


Bren­dan Steele lifts up his tro­phy on the 18th green of the Sil­ver­ado Re­sort North Course after win­ning the Safe­way Open Sun­day in Napa, Cal­i­for­nia.

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