Texas Open (golf)

Brendan Steele successfully defends Safeway Open title

Brendan Steele is getting accustomed to fast starts and he likes it.

Steele won the PGA Tour's season-opening Safeway Open for the second straight year, closing with a 3-under 69 in windy conditions Sunday for a two-stroke victory over Tony Finau.

"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. "This place is so great to me. I feel so comfortable here and it's been a great run."

Phil Mickelson and Chesson Hadley finished three shots behind.

Steele finished at 14-under 273 for his third PGA Tour title. He's 33 under in his past...

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