The new PGA Tour season kicked off this past weekend with the Safeway Open at the Silverado Resort and Spa North course in California. Brendan Steele got the season off to a profitable start as he won the event.
Steele had a very strong outing through much of the open. While he struggled to get below par in the third round, he managed to hold on to win the event with a 273.
Steele started out strong with a 65 on the first round. He completed five birdies in six holes on the back half of the course to finish out a great round. He then had a 67 on the second round.
Steele was not able to carve out much of an advantage during the third round. He had an even par score of 72 on that round as he could only must two birdies. Those were canceled out by two bogeys not long after each one.
He then recovered in the final round with a 69. He had birdies on the sixteenth and eighteenth holes to seal his victory.
Steele earned $1.116 million for his victory in this event. The overall purse for the event was $6.2 million.
He also had the best overall driving distance among all the contenders at the event. His drives were averaging out at about 327 yards each. This included a 369-yard drive on the final hole at the end.
Other Golfers of Note
The Safeway Open had many other talented golfers on hand although a few of the more prominent golfers did not attend. This came as many of them were looking to rest not long after the last season had ended.
Tony Finau finished in second place with a 275. Although Finau matched Brendan Steele’s total score on the final round, he was unable to move any further up the rankings. He still earned $669,600 for finishing in second.
Phil Mickelson and Chesson Hadley both tied for third with a 276 each. Hadley had a 61 during the second round. This marked the best individual round score for the open. He had an eagle on the ninth hole and four birdies in a row on the back nine to reach that total. He could not capitalize off of that round though as he had a 70 or higher on each of the other three rounds.
In terms of other noteworthy contenders, Zach Johnson and Hunter Mahan both finished in thirteenth place. Webb Simpson was in seventeenth place.
Rory Sabbatini and K.J. Choi were among the notables who did not make the cut.
The CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur will start ono October 12. This marks the next event in the new season. The event has a $7 million purse as it is another mid-level event in the season.
The next event in the season after that is the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges. The event starts on October 19 and will be held on Jeju Island in South Korea. This marks the first edition of this PGA Tour event. The event also has a high purse at $9.25 million.