Steele surges to Safeway Open victory


LOS ANGELES: Brendan Steele erased the bitter memory of last year’s final-round failure, finishing with three straight birdies on Sunday (Monday in Manila) to win the rain-soaked US PGA Tour Safeway Open. Steele, who led through 54 holes last year but carded a final-round 76 as rookie Emiliano Grillo powered to the crown, 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. Kim closed with a 67 while Wagner and Piercy both signed for 70.



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