Baby daughter due this week

Brendan Steele is sitting out this week’s World Golf Championships — HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai for a very good reason: He and wife Anastassia are expecting their first baby, a girl, on Thursday, Oct. 26, the first day of that tournament.

The Idyllwild native will play next in Naples, Florida, on Dec. 8 in the QBE Shootout, a two-man unofficial PGA Tour event that Brendan and Keegan Bradley teamed up to win in 2011 when it was named the Franklin Templeton Shootout.  Brendan is expected to play next in an official PGA Tour event in the $6.3 million Sentry Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii, on Jan. 4, into which he gained entry by virtue of his win in the Safeway Open at Napa last month.

Brendan currently stands second on the FedExCup points list for the new 2017-18 season and has moved up to 46th place on the Official World Golf Ranking.