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Monday, October 9, 2017

The Limerick Summary: 2017 Safeway Open

Winner: Brendan Steele

Around the wider world of golf: Tyrrell Hatton became the first-ever back-to-back winner of the ET's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, while Tommy Fleetwood and Ross Fisher set course records at Carnoustie (63) and St. Andrews (61) respectively; Cristie Kerr got her first LET and second worldwide win of the season at the LET's Lacoste Ladies Open de France; Yusaku Miyazato won the Honma Tourworld Cup on the Japan Golf Tour; Ajeetesh Sandhu won the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship; and, if I've read this correctly, Yumiko Yushida won the Stanley Ladies Golf Tournament on the JLPGA. The Symetra Tour Championship has been shortened to 54 holes due to bad weather and is scheduled to finish today.

Johnny Miller gives Brendan Steele the Big Keg

It appears the PGA Tour resumed its business the same way it stopped -- at full speed. Brisk winds and hard greens made the Silverado Course in Napa CA play tougher than players expected, but the young guns (and one notably older gun) came out with all barrels blazing.

Gun barrels, that is, like sharpshooters in the wild west. The barrel trophy that I call the Big Keg sat quietly and waited.

The big talk at the start of the day was whether new Tour member and 54-hole leader Tyler Duncan could hold on. He couldn't, but he got his career off to a great start anyway.

By the time the field reached the back nine, a few names stood out -- defending champ Brendan Steele, Chesson Hadley, Tony Finau and an unexpectedly focused Phil Mickelson. While others made short runs at the leaders, only these four consistently challenged for the top spot. And all but Steele stumbled in the last two or three holes.

Brendan Steele marched along the course as if he owned the place instead of Johnny Miller... and if he keeps this up, he may own at least a house there before all is said and done! After all, he's the first player to go back-to-back in this event. (If he plans to win very many of these, he's going to need a big trophy case. The Big Kegs take a lot of room!)

In the meantime, Steele gets his season off to a strong start, just as he did last year... with a win, a keg and a Limerick Summary. Way to go, Brendan!
In Napa they put on a show
As Finau and Hadley went low.
Phil made an appearance
But Steele’s perserverance
Won him two Big Kegs in a row.
The photo came from this page at usatoday.com.

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