Brendan Steele came back from a two-week rest and scored his fourth top-20 and fifth top-25 finish of this 2013-14 season last week. On the Bay Hill course in Orlando, Fla., he shot a 4-under-par 68-74-70-72 — 284 to earn more than $67,000 and 48.5 FedExCup points.
The local native, who still lists as playing out of Idyllwild, now has 394 FedExCup points on the season, moving him up to 48th place on the list. Another 50 to 60 points should probably seal his ticket for the next PGA Tour season, if he hasn’t done that already.
On the course last week, Steele collected 13 birdies against seven bogies and a double. He putted well on Thursday and Sunday, gaining strokes putting on the field both days. Overall for the tournament, he hit 69 percent of the fairways with drives averaging 296 yards and hit 69 percent of the greens in regulation.
This week Steele travels to San Antonio for the Valero Texas Open, which he won in 2011, his rookie season. The tournament carries a purse of $6.2 million with more than $1.1 million going to the winner.