After being in the mix near the top through three rounds of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Brendan Steele suffered a tough 4-over-par 36-40 — 76 on Sunday, including a pair of double bogeys on the back nine, that dropped him to a tie for 35th place by the tournament’s end.
The native Idyllwilder did post two eagles during the tournament — one on an 87-foot chip in and another on a 14-foot putt after reaching a par 5 in two, and they evened out the two doubles. The second eagle was a great bounce back, coming on the very next hole after his second double on the back nine Sunday.
He picked up 32 FedExCup points, which raised his season total to 503, but he dropped to 32nd place, only 13 points out of the top 30.
Steele will try again this coming week at San Antonio in the Valero Texas Open, which he won in his 2011 rookie year.