Brendan Steele scored a fine come-from-behind top-20 finish at the CareerBuilders Challenge on Sunday, posting a 14-under-par 71-69-66-68 — 274. The Idyllwild native was below the cut line after two days of the three-day cut, but sharper irons and a cooperative putter combined to launch him up the leaderboard on the weekend. Brendan has collected top-20 finishes in three out of four official events he’s played this season. He had nine top-20s in 25 official events last season.
Brendan maintained his eighth spot on this season’s FedExCup points list, and he is now 48th in the Official World Golf Ranking, which is based on a weighted, rolling, two-year points system.
Brendan plays again this week in the Farmers Insurance Open on the Torrey Pines Course in La Jolla. He tees off Thursday from No. 1 on the North Course at 10:40 a.m. and Friday from No. 1 on the South Course at 9:30 a.m. He is known as one of the longer drivers on the PGA Tour, and he usually outdrives his playing partners. When he combines driving length and accuracy with fine iron play and putting, as he did last week, he is a real pleasure to watch. Come join his gallery, cheer him on and follow him around at beautiful Torrey Pines this week.