By Jack Clark

Pro Golf Correspondent

Brendan Steele had a heart-breaker of a tournament last week in the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play tournament in Austin, Texas.

The first three days consisted of round-robin matches played among four players in each of 16 groups, with the survivor of each group advancing to weekend play. Each of the native Idyllwilder’s three matches came down to the final hole.

In his first match against Matt Kucher, Brendan was leading after 17 holes, but a bogey on no. 18 resulted in a half-point tie.

In his second match against Tommy Fleetwood, they were all square after 17, but Brendan birdied the 18th to win a full point.

In his third match against Zach Johnson, Brendan needed only to tie the match to be the one member of his group who would advance. They were all square after 17 holes, but Brendan bogeyed the 18th to lose the match.

Brendan isn’t playing this week, but that doesn’t mean he has the week off. He’s in Augusta, Georgia, preparing for next week’s first major tournament of the year: The Masters.