Brendan Steele

Brendan Steele rallies to win Safeway Open in Napa

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Brendan Steele rallies to win Safeway Open in Napa

Rain continued to delay the conclusion of the season's first event, but when Silverado Resort dried out it was Brendan Steele who left with the trophy. Here's how things ended up at the Safeway Open, where Steele rallied for a one-shot win:

Leaderboard: Brendan Steele (-18), Patton Kizzire (-17), Johnson Wagner (-16), Paul Casey (-16), Michael Kim (-16), Scott Piercy (-16)

What it means: Steele started the final round with the lead at this event last year, but shot a closing 76 to fall well off the pace. This time around, he used a flurry of birdies down the stretch to catch and pass Kizzire, then Steele sat back and watched a number of challengers fail to reach his clubhouse total. The one-shot win is the second of his PGA Tour career, and first since he won the 2011 Valero Texas Open as a rookie.

Round of the day: Steele began the last round four shots behind Kizzire, but he quickly chiseled away at the gap with four front-nine birdies, then closed with three more birdies over his final three holes to shoot 65 and post the number to beat. That finishing stretch included an 18-footer on No. 17 as well as a 7-footer on the final hole to break out of a tie with Kizzire.

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