Brendan Steele found the going tougher last week on the Riviera course in the Genesis Open. The Idyllwild native managed only a 3-under-par 69-73-68-71 — 281. Still, he picked up a few FedExCup points and maintained his fifth-place standing on that list. He also maintained his 54th-place position in the Official World Golf Ranking. He’s made the cut in all eight PGA tournaments he’s played this season.
Brendan collected 14 birdies last week against nine bogeys and a double. As sometimes happens, he bettered the field tee-to-green, but lost 1.33 strokes with the putter. When his putter’s been hot, the rest of his solid game has propelled him into the top 20 five times this season in eight starts, and into the top 10 three times, including a win.
This week, Brendan travels to Florida for the $6.4 million Honda Classic on the PGA National (Champion) course in Palm Beach Gardens. B tees off No. 10 Thursday at 9:45 a.m. PST and off No. 1 Friday at 4:45 a.m. PST.