PGA TOUR: Brendan's nerves of Steele

Live blog 2017 Safeway Open Round 1			Robert Laberge  Getty Images

Live blog 2017 Safeway Open Round 1 Robert Laberge Getty Images

It's safe to say that Brendan Steele has enjoyed competing in the Safeway Open, as Sunday afternoon he won the event for the second consecutive year.

Four players are at five-under including Lucas Glover and Argentina's Emiliano Grillo.

However, his surprising display at the par-5 16th at the Silverado Resort and Spa's North Course, provided a hilarious moment for those watching. "Probably the best shot I've ever hit in my life under those circumstances", he said. Steele finished two shots clear of his countryman Tony Finau.

Steele made birdies on Nos.

"I'm getting pretty spoiled winning the first event of the year twice", said Steele, the 34-year-old from the Southern California mountain town of Idyllwild.

"I'm not hitting it perfectly straight right now but (still) finding a way to get the job done right now", he said. Errant driving throughout the week perhaps cost the Hall of Famer his 43 PGA Tour victory.

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The Canaleros were simply overwhelmed by the speed, passing and movement from the entire American attack, not just Pulisic. It's a stark contrast to the beginning of the year, when the US' seven-time qualification streak seemed in peril.

Phil Mickelson, the 42-time PGA Tour victor beginning his 27th PGA Tour season, birdied the 18th from 7 feet for a 69.

Five-time major champion Phil Mickelson also remains in the hunt to claim his first title since the 2013 Open Championship as he is just four shots behind Duncan after his third-round 68.

Brendan Steele is a warm 11/4 favourite for his second Safeway Open title in as many years after a second round of 67 left him one shot off the lead at the halfway point. "But on the back nine, I played some good solid golf and made a late move".

The current leader Tyler Duncan was tied at the top after the first round but bogeyed on the second, third and fourth to sit at one under for the day after four second-round holes on the front nine. He had an eagle, 10 birdies and a bogey.

"I expected to score a little bit better today, but I had some good chances today", Mickelson, who had six birdies, one bogey and a double bogey, said.

He ended joint-third with Chesson Hadley at 12 under - the 47-year-old's highest finish in a Tour event since being the runner-up at the 2016 Open Championship. He has not played a PGA Tour-sanctioned event since the 2015 Presidents Cup.

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