Steele finishes strong at Masters

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By Jack Clark
Pro Golf Correspondent

Brendan Steele finished with a fine 3-under-par 69 in the Masters on Sunday. The Idyllwild native opened birdie-birdie-birdie in his last round, eventually posting seven birdies on the day. Unfortunately, they were blunted by two double bogeys, one on each nine. For the tournament, he posted a 3-over-par 74-73-75-69 — 291 to earn a tie for 27th place.

He now has 960 FedExCup points and stands 10th on that list, and he remains in 56th position on the Official World Golf Ranking. It is important that Brendan be in the top 30 on the FedExCup list and the top 50 on the OWGR for entry into post-season tournaments, as well as major and other high-level tournaments during each season.

Brendan did a very cool thing for his fans this last week. He kept a Masters Diary in the form of videos, one each day beginning with his Monday arrival. He made seven diary entries, only a few minutes each, which really capture the flavor of his experience at Masters week. If you like following Brendan, or even just love golf, you’ll enjoy taking 20 minutes to click on each of his seven short videos at https://twitter.com/brendan_steele.

In his video diary, Brendan speaks of the special feeling on arriving at the Masters, intentionally skipping balls across the water at no. 16, dealing with his right elbow that “popped” on the range Tuesday morning, getting in a few holes in the Par 3 Contest with wife Anastassia on his bag Wednesday, meeting again and hitting balls with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player Thursday morning, the pleasure in sharing the Masters experience with his family and friends, the difficulty in earning birdies at the Masters this year, and the thrill of collecting seven of them on Sunday, including at the 72nd hole. He says he learned a lot this past week.

Brendan is a self-described “huge momentum player,” and we’re hoping he’ll carry some of that into his next tour appearance, which will be not this week but next week at the Valero Texas Open, which he won in 2011.

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