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Steele defends Safeway Open as PGA Tour season gets underway

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Brendan Steele successfully defended his Safeway Open title on Sunday to kick off the new PGA Tour wraparound season in California.

Brendan Steele’s three-under-par closing round of 69 was enough to make it back-to-back wins at the Safeway Open.

Steele, who secured his third PGA Tour title by two shots, held off late charges from Tony Finau (69) and Phil Mickelson (70) as surprise overnight leader rookie Tyler Duncan fell away carding a three-over 75.

The 34-year-old American reached the turn bogey-free but after an eagle on the 5th from Finau they found themselves tied at the top of the leaderboard heading to the back nine.

Finau, whose only PGA Tour victory came at the Puerto Rico Open in 2016, faltered as the pressure intensified carding a double bogey on the par 4 14th.

It was Steele’s to lose and the defending champion closed out in style smashing a whopping drive from the 18th tee over 360 yards, a wedge shot later and a three-foot tap in secured the tournament for the second year running.

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