Safeway Open. Brendan Steele Captures Title.

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Brendan Steele captures the Safeway Open title at Silverado Resort & Spa in California.

After falling short in 2015, Brendan Steele returned to Napa for the start of the 2016-17 season and walked away victorious. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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Brendan finished strong to card a final round -7 under par 65 and win the Safeway Open title with a -18 under par total, his second PGA Tour win.

Last year Brendan had led  wire-to-wire for 54 holes, only to collapse  in the last round, this year good putting was the difference;

“You don’t often get that chance in life to redeem yourself in the same way at the same place.”

“I think my putting coming down the stretch was really the most important thing and definitely some wedge play.”

“I’ve been working on some stuff with Dave Pelz that really helped me with the soft conditions taking spin off the ball and really controlling my numbers.”

“I’d be lying if I said that maybe I was only going to win once on Tour.”

“I felt like my game was really good and I put myself in position a lot but didn’t really execute coming down the stretch.”

“I thought maybe I’m destined to just have that one win and play a long career out here but not necessarily keep winning, so this one definitely feels really good.”

“You’ve got to really make something happen, especially when the conditions are soft.”

“I wanted to be aggressive and I didn’t want to just kind of coast in and just make sure that I had a decent week.”

Patton Kizzire was second, at -17 under par, his last round -2 under par 70 falling just short;

“It was intense, I didn’t finish it off. I’m really disappointed, but I played well. It’s a building block, for sure.”

Paul Casey, -3 under 69, Michael Kim, -5 under 67, Scott Piercy -2 under 70 and Johnson Wagner, -2 under 70, all finished tied in third place at -16 under par.

Paul was so close again;

“So close, isn’t it? I mean, I played great. I had another wonderful week.”





Safeway Open. Round Three Rained Off.

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Round three of the Safeway Open was rained off, with leader Johnson Wagner having completed 15 holes at Silverado Resort & Spa in California.

Johnson Wagner is 3 under thru 15 holes of his third round. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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Johnson completed his second round but only had time for 15 third round holes before the persistent rain finally caused the suspension of play for the day. Johnson currently stands at the top of the Safeway Open leaderboard with a total of -15 under par, being -3 under so far in the third round.

Johnson had a chip in at the eighth hole;

“It was huge, I was kind of going along steady, going along making pars, a couple nice up-and-downs yesterday but the day before I spun it off 62 yards off the front of the green and luckily today coming out of the rough it didn’t have any spin and it was really a pretty good shot there short and right of the hole.”

“I needed to make a birdie and I’m not usually known for my chipping skills so it was nice to chip one in.”

“It was so brutal out there the last few holes.”

“I was hanging on little quack hooks to the green but just somehow getting it up and down and making par putter and really just trying to survive.”

Patton Kizzire, -5 under through 16 third round holes and Scott Piercy +1 over today  after 15 holes, share second place at -14 under par.

Patton mentioned the tough conditions;

“After holding an umbrella for a while your hand gets a little tired and then you’ve got to step up there and hit a three-footer.”

Paul Casey is fourth, -1 under today though 15 holes, for a -13 under par total.





Safeway Open. Round 2 Wrecked by Weather, Suspended.

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Round 2 of the Safeway Open was wrecked by awful overnight weather, delaying the start, which meant the round had to be suspended due to darkness, with, many players still to finish their second rounds at Silverado Resort in California, with Scott Piercy still leading.

Scott Piercy only got through 12 holes of his second round before play was suspended at the Safeway Open. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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Scott was still on top of the leaderboard at -14 under par for the Safeway Open, after 12 holes of his second round, before play was suspended for the day.

Scott has a two shot lead at the moment, and said he knew what he wanted to achieve today;

“In my mind, I wanted to shoot 3 under on the front, and luckily, I was able to do that.”

“I don’t have as much fun on the course as I normally should, being in the lead right now or close to, I’m trying to enjoy it.”

“I would have liked to have gone one or two more birdies.”

“I felt like it was there to get. I hit some good shots. Hopefully just continue, get a few more tomorrow and keep pushing forward.”

Johnson Wagner holds second place, at -12 under par, after completing 14 second round holes.

Paul Casey at -11 under through 12 holes is alone in third place.

Surprise package Bill Haas, was Tiger Woods  replacement for the final spot in the threesome that included Phil Mickelson and defending champion Emiliano Grillo.

Bill is currently T4 at -8 under par with a completed second round of -2 under par 70 and joked about his position;

“I think they just wanted to put an equal player in the place of Tiger.”

“I don’t know how that worked out and how I got substituted in there, but I’m happy they would choose me to be in the group.”

Phil carded another -3 under 69 today to be at -6 under, and said he is playing some of his best stuff right now;

“This is some of the best iron play I’ve ever had.”

“Given the challenge that we’ve had judging distance because the ball’s going about 10 to 15 yards less than normal distance, then you’ve got a little bit of wind, a little bit of rain and soft spongy greens, some of my best iron play.”

Defending champion Emiliano Grillo was -2 under 70 today, to be T 19 at -5 under par for the tournament.


SAFEWAY OPEN. Albatross Starts New Season, As Scott Piercy Leads.

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An Albatross, and a Hole in One, started the new season as Scott Piercy leads the Safeway Open at  Silverado Resort & Spa in California, with a course record score.

Piercy leads early at Silverado

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Scott shot an amazing opening round of -10 under par 62 at the Safeway Open, to lead by two strokes.

Last season Scott  finished  37th in the season-long #FedExCup standings but only ranked 156th in strokes gained putting;

“The putter held me back but there was a lot of good.”

“It was pretty easy to see what’s going wrong.”

“When you break it down and say, ‘Alright, there’s a lot of good ball striking; chipping was actually pretty good,’ but the putter kind of fell flat on its face.”

Paul Casey and Patton Kizzire share second place at -8 under par for the tournament, and both bogey free.

Paul did not hit the bottle in the one week lay-off between seasons, he has wants to finish the year with a win, to get to Hawaii and the winners-only Hyundai Tournament of Champions event;

“I didn’t get fully stuck into the wine in the off-season or thinking that I’m done with the year.”

 “I very much looked at it as this is just a two-week break that I would normally have during the season.”

“That’s the goal, if not, then I’ll probably do the Sony Open or something like that. But I’m going to at least get 10 weeks to fully charge it before coming back.”

Morgan Hoffmann made the first Albatross in this tournament’s history when his 251 yard second shot on the par five 18th dropped into the cup, he finished the round at -2 under with  round of 70.

Jon Rahm completed the tournament action,  holing his 7 iron tee shot for an Ace, from 173 yards on the par three 11th;

“First one I ever made in my life, very special moment.”

“It was hard to believe. I actually thought it hit like inside the hole and bounced out, but it stayed in.”




BMW Championship. D.J. Cruises To Victory.

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D.J. Dustin Johnson cruises to victory in the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Gold Club.

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D.J. shot a final round -5 under par 67 to win the BMW Championship title with a -23 under par total. He poke about his stellar year;

“Finally getting my first major, that was a big deal and kind of kick-started my year.”

“I enjoy being in the hunt and having to hit really good shots when you need to.”

 “I felt like the last few times I’ve been there I’ve hit some great golf shots to finish it off.”

Paul Casey chased all the way, but had to settle for second place, the same as last week. Paul also carded -5 under par 67 in the final round, his total -20 under par was three shots off the lead, which was where he started the day;

“It’s just wonderful to be playing this sort of golf. I played this sort of golf years ago.”

 “I always felt that I could produce it again.”

“I ran into a buzz saw with Dustin Johnson the last two days, I did everything I could.”

Roberto Castro finished in third place, after surviving a bizarre incident when it looked like his ball had dropped into the lake, in reality in was on the bank, it was a frog that jumped into the lake.

Roberto also carded a last round -5 under par 67, for -17 under par total;

“I felt like I got off to a good start today and I kind of kept the pedal down all day.”

World #1 Jason Day  withdrew from the final round with a back injury, just precautionary measures, to make sure he would progress towards the prize of the FedExCup.

BMW Championship. D.J. Has Three Shot Advantage.

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D.J. Dustin Johnson has a three shot lead to take into the final round of the BMW Championship tomorrow, at Crooked Stick Golf Club.

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Dustin had a third round -4 under par 68 today, with a birdie at the last, to post -18 under par for the BMW Championship, which takes him three shots clear of the field.

There is no doubt about where the transformation is coming from, his putter;

“The strength this week has been putting,.

“I’m rolling it really nicely. Even the putts that I’m missing still look like they’re going in.”

“I was putting good with it and right before we were about to tee off on Thursday, I’m like, `AJ, don’t you have the same one in black?’ And he says, `Yeah.’ And I said, `Go get it.’

“I just didn’t want to use the same putter Jason was, like, the exact same one. That was really the only reason I changed.”

Paul Casey is in second place, those three shots back at -15 under par, he also carded -4 under par 68 today, he said he had a front row seat watching J.D.;

“We had a front row seat for something very special, and I’ll get a front row seat for it tomorrow.”

“Not much you can do, he’s got maybe the best attitude in golf. When he gets on his game, maybe the best ball-striker in golf. Maybe the longest. And he showed it today.”

“So, if he keeps doing what he’s been doing; what he averaging, 6 under a day?  if does the same tomorrow, there’s no catching him.”

J.B. Holmes also shot -4 under 68 today, which took him up the leaderboard to third place at -14 under par.

Roberto Castro went backwards today, +2 over par 74 dropping him to -12 under for the competition, and fourth place. More worryingly for him he also drops back into the bubble for not qualifying for next week, where only the top 30 players on the FedExCup standings get to play. He is currently projected in 32 spot, so will need a very good round tomorrow to progress.

Deutsche Bank Championship. Rory Returns To The Winners Circle.

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Rory McIlroy returns to the winners circle at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

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Rory carded a final round -6 under par 65, in very windy conditions, to claim the Deutsche Bank Championship trophy, with a -15 under par total, a two shot victory, with good putting being the key;

Rory now moves into third position on the World Rankings;

“Things can turn around very quickly in this game, I think those last 15 holes on Friday were definitely a turning point.”

“Not just in this tournament, but maybe in my season.”

“It’s just incredible, this game, how quickly things can change, It’s been a great lesson for me this week not to get down on myself, to stay patient.”

After three holes Friday, there was so much going through my head, and none of those things involved sitting beside a trophy.”

“I wasn’t getting impatient. I wasn’t searching, I know that I hadn’t won on the PGA Tour in a while,.

“But over the past 12 months, I’ve still had three wins worldwide.”

“I knew my game was in good shape, I just needed to do something with the putting.”

“I found something. I still need to keep going with it. It’s definitely not the finished article, but it’s a big step in the right direction.”

Paul Casey started the day with a three shot lead, but that soon evaporated as he struggled round the front nine. He finished in second place at -13 under par, after his last round +2 over par 73.

Paul was frustrated with his last round performance;

“Wow, very impressive. Yeah, that’s a might round of golf.”

“I struggled a little bit from the get-go and it’s hard to regain rhythm and make your birdies if you started out that way, so I found it incredibly difficult.”

“I battled well, did a lot of things brilliantly all week, but obviously frustrated.”

Jimmy Walker was third, a final round -1 under par 70 giving him a -12 under par total, and third spot on his own.