Safeway Open live blog: Brendan Steele successfully depends title

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Safeway Open live blog: Brendan Steele successfully depends title

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Safeway Open live blog: Brendan Steele successfully depends title

The 2017-18 PGA Tour season began this week at the Safeway Open, contested at Silverado Resort and Spa’s North Course, with the final round taking place Sunday in Napa, Calif.

We tracked all the final-round action that saw Brendan Steele successfully defend his title. Catch up with what you may’ve missed…

How to follow the action:

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UPDATE No. 11 (8:49 p.m.): Hadley makes a good run at it, but his ball trundles past the cup and over the green. No albatross. So Steele wins!

UPDATE No. 10 (8:38 p.m.): Steele buries a short birdie putt at 18 and is in the clubhouse at 15 under.

He’s effectively won this tournament. Only one person can tie him, and that’s Chesson Hadley, who needs to make albatross at 18 to do so.

UPDATE No. 9 (8:21 p.m.): Steele looks like he’s going to win this one.

Mickelson bogeys 17 to fall to 11 under while Steele birdies 16 to move to 14 under. He has a one-shot lead over Tony Finau, who is in the clubhouse at 13 under.

UPDATE No. 8 (7:51 p.m.): Mickelson rolls in a huge 10-footer for birdie at 16 and he’s now one back at 12 under.

UPDATE No. 7 (7:39 p.m.): Steele bogeys 14 and his lead is down to one a he moves back to 13 under. Finau is 12 under with three to play, while Phil Mickelson (through 15), Graham DeLaet (through 14), Bud Cauley (through 13) and Bud Cauley (through 13) are all 11 under.

UPDATE No. 6 (7:35 p.m.): The Phil flop!

UPDATE No. 5 (7:16 p.m.): Finau double bogeys 14 to move back to 12 under and two behind Steele.

UPDATE No. 4 (7:07 p.m.): Phil Mickelson is just three back after this wild birdie at 13. Tony Finau and Brendan Steele are now tied for the lead at 14 under.

UPDATE No. 3 (6:32 p.m.): Steele birdies No. 9 to move to 15 under and he’s now two clear of the field (Tony Finau and Chesson Haley are both 13 under).

UPDATE No. 2 (6:05 p.m.): Brendan Steele is the solo leader at 14 under through eight holes. Tony Finau is only back at 13 under. He has eight holes to play.

Chesson Hadley is 12 under. Tyler Duncan has struggled so far. He’s 4 over for the round and four back now.

UPDATE No. 1 (3:55 p.m.): One hole in, and Duncan’s lead is already gone. An opening bogey pushes him back to 13 under. Chesson Hadley is now tied for the lead after an opening par.

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