Steele closes out 2016 season

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Brendan Steele had another rough outing last week, this time at the BMW Championship, the third of the four season-ending playoff tournaments. His 6-over-par 72-70-79-73 — 294 fell well short of what he needed to advance to the Tour Championship next week.

Although his season ended on a downturn, he was competing with the very best players on the tour these final weeks. The Idyllwild native’s season was not without a solid bright spot: He posted 10 top-20 finishes in 25 starts, his most top-20s in a season ever.

On the year, Brendan earned 1,001 FedExCup points to finish 63rd on that list, and he currently is ranked the 85th best player in the world on the Official World Golf Ranking. He earned more than $1.5 million in official prize money this year to rank 65th, and he’s now surpassed $8.5 million in career official earnings.

The 2016-17 PGA Tour season opens in only four weeks on Oct. 13, at the Safeway Open on the Silverado Country Club (North) course in Napa. Brendan generally has played in that tournament’s predecessor, the Frys.com Open, also held in Napa.

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