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Brendan Steele rallies to win rain-delayed Safeway Open

NAPA, Calif. — Brendan Steele earned redemption at Silverado and won the Safeway Open for his first PGA Tour victory in more than five years.

Steele rallied from four shots behind in the rain Sunday and finished with three straight birdies for 7-under 65, giving him a one-shot victory over a faltering Patton Kizzire.

A year ago at Silverado, Steele lost the 54-hole lead by shooting 40 on the back nine.

"This one's awesome, home state, start the year out and now I'm going back to the Masters, that's all amazing, and this is a little bit of redemption for last year," said the Californian, who finished at 18-under 270. "It's nice to close it off this way."

Steele two-putted from long range on the par-5 16th, holed an 18-foot birdie on the 17th then made a 7-foot birdie putt on the 18th.

Kizzire struggled to find fairways on the back nine. Needing birdie on the par-5 18th to force a playoff, he missed the green with a 9-iron and failed to chip in for birdie.

Kizzire, who finished the rain-delayed third round with a one-stroke lead Sunday morning, shot 2-under 70.

CHAMPIONS: Doug Garwood ran away with the SAS Championship for his first Champions title, closing with 8-under 64 for a four-stroke victory in Cary, N.C. Garwood won in his 44th start on the 50-and-over tour. He finished at 16-under 200 in the regular-season finale at Prestonwood Country Club. Langer, two strokes ahead of Garwood and Mize entering the day, had 70 to finish second.

LPGA: Carlota Ciganda overcame an early five-stroke deficit, blew a late five-stroke lead, then beat Alison Lee on the first extra hole of a playoff to earn her first LPGA title at the rainy Hana Bank Championship in Incheon, South Korea. Ciganda finished at 2-over 70 for 10-under 278 overall. Lee had 75 after starting the day three strokes ahead of Brittany Lang and five ahead of Ciganda.

Brendan Steele rallies to win rain-delayed Safeway Open 10/16/16 [Last modified: Sunday, October 16, 2016 9:24pm]
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