Brendan Steele finished off his third season on the PGA Tour last week at the BMW Championship, the penultimate tour playoff tournament, in Lake Forest, Ill. The native Idyllwilder posted an 8-over-par 75-68-72-77 -— 292 to earn 61st place and a $17,440 payday. This brought his official winnings total for the 2013 season to $1,004,161 — above the tour average.
Steele improved this season over his second season when he won just under $841,000 and placed 110th in official prize money and 130th in FedEx Cup points. This year he climbed to 82nd on the money list and 70th in FedEx Cup points.
Steele’s performance stats this year see him currently ranked seventh on the tour in putts from inside 5 feet, 25th in third-round scoring, 30th in greens in regulation from under 100 yards out, 33rd in approach shots from 250 to 275 yards out, and 39th in scrambling from the rough, among other fine statistics. He currently is ranked 159th in the Official World Golf Rankings, which also ranks him 71st among golfers in the United States.
The new 2013-14 PGA Tour season begins in only three weeks at the Frys.com Open at the CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, Calif. Players have until Oct. 4 to commit to entry.