Steele off to hot start in defence of title

Steele off to hot start in defence of title

Jones, who has not recorded a top ten on the PGA Tour in more than two years but has managed to scrape together enough status to keep some level of playing rights during that time, birdied four holes on the way to the turn and then birdie two holes late in the day to complete his round of 68.

Steele was honored during a ceremony on the 18th green. "So it made it really tough to play", Steele explained. For the shortened week, he carded seven birdies against nine bogeys and a double.

Steele finished at 14-under 273 for his third PGA Tour title.

"It was really a solid day, very similar to yesterday", Steele said.

"I didn't hit it the best".

John Daly, the two-time major victor who won the PGA Tour Champions Insperity Invitational in May, had a 74. It's hard to judge the speed, hitting into the shade. I played some good golf this week and honestly I was happy with the way I hung in there.

But Duncan was able to convert a ten foot putt after a 175-yard tee shot on the par-three 11th to remain in pole position.

Although that only ranked 26th, he was particularly effective on Sunday, posting a 1.717 strokes-gained mark, including crucial two-putts on 16 and 17 (the former for birdie to bring his cushion to two strokes) before knocking in a three-footer for birdie at the last for the clincher.

John Daly, the two-time major victor who in May won his first PGA Tour Champions title and is playing via a sponsor exemption, birdied the 18th for a second-round 69 to make the 1-under cut at 143. This is his 27th year on tour and he now has 103 top-3 finishes in his career.

Starting the final round in third place, the American rallied on the front nine, not dropping a single shot and claiming three birdies by the halfway mark. He trailed by one shot after his birdie on No. 16. "It was fun to be in the mix, it was fun to have a chance. I enjoyed that challenge".

Duncan is now 9/2 joint favourite alongside Chesson Hadley, who shot 70 to move within a stroke of the lead. Tyler Duncan, who led the event after the third round, finished tied for fifth with Graham DeLaet at 11-under par.