Brendan Steele                                       Photo by Jack Clark

Brendan Steele posted a 15-under-par 72-67-67-71 — 277 at the SBS Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Maui, last week to earn a tie for sixth place in an exclusive 32-player field composed of PGA Tour winners during the past year.

The native Idyllwilder posted only 6 bogeys against 19 birdies and an eagle.

He found almost 60 percent of fairways with drives averaging 288 yards, the longest being a whopping 398-yard drive on the par-4 7th hole Sunday, and he hit more than 77 percent of the greens in regulation. He gained a heavy 3.421 strokes against the field in the approach-to-the-green category and managed to gain 1.317 strokes putting while still needing 1.8 putts per green.

Brendan will pass on this week’s Sony Open in Hawaii, but will play next week in the $5.8 million Careerbuilder Challenge in La Quinta. Why not plan to go down and follow him around the course one day while he’s in our backyard?