Brendan Steele opened the Humana Challenge with a two-under-par performance for the first two days, but meanwhile his colleagues were shredding the courses.
Steele’s 72 on the Palmer Private course at PGA West and his 70 on the La Quinta Country Club course have him in 130th place after two rounds, and he will have to go low today — likely 65 or 66 — to make the tournament’s three-day cut.
Steele’s putter has saved him thus far. Each day, he has be able to sink two 30-plus footers and make several 8- to ten-footers to save pars. Friday he turned it around on the back nine at La Quinta by posting three birdies against one bogey for a respectable 34.
Steele acknowledged after the round that his afternoon play was “better,” but was clearly unsatisfied with his earlier scoring.
Steele's long-time superfan, André Pilon, who with his wife, Pierrette Filion, flew in from Montreal specifically to watch the Idyllwild native play, said that during practice rounds on Tuesday and Wednesday, Steele was hitting pin-point approaches all day, both days. But that did not appear to carry over to Thursday and Friday.
By the way, if you’re going down to watch Brendan play today, the official PGAtour.com website has the tee times and locations all messed up.
Brendan actually tied off at 9:50 a.m., Saturday morning from the 10th tee on the Nicklaus Private course at PGA West in the town of La Quinta.
See http://www.golfandcourse.com/downloads/humana-challenge-saturday-tee-times.pdf for correct tee time information.
From Idyllwild, take the 74 down through Pinyon, turn south-east on the 111, then south on Jefferson all the way to PGA West.