Brendan Steele

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Brendan Steele
Open de France 2015 20.jpg
Personal information
Full nameBrendan Dean Steele
Born (1983-04-05) April 5, 1983 (age 39)
Idyllwild, California
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)
Sporting nationality United States
ResidenceIrvine, California
CollegeUC Riverside
Turned professional2005
Current tour(s)PGA Tour
Former tour(s)Nationwide Tour
Canadian Tour
Professional wins10
Highest ranking35 (February 4, 2018)[1]
(as of January 29, 2023)
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour3
Korn Ferry Tour1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT27: 2017
PGA ChampionshipT9: 2022
U.S. OpenT13: 2017
The Open ChampionshipT47: 2018

Brendan Dean Steele (born April 5, 1983) is an American professional golfer who currently plays on the PGA Tour.

Early years[edit]

Born in Idyllwild, California,[2] Steele played high school golf at Hemet High school and college golf at the University of California, Riverside,[3] graduating in 2005.

Professional career[edit]

Steele turned professional in 2005 and played on the Golden State Tour in California, winning four times.[2] He played on the Canadian Tour in 2006 and 2007, where his best finish was second at the 2006 Telus Edmonton Open.[2] Steele began playing on the Nationwide Tour in 2008,[2] and won the final event of the season in 2010, the Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island. This win moved him from thirtieth to sixth on the money list and earned him a PGA Tour card for the 2011 season.[4]

PGA Tour[edit]

On April 17, 2011, the week after the Masters, Steele notched his first PGA Tour win at the Valero Texas Open at San Antonio. He holed a seven-foot (2.1 m) par-saving putt at the final hole to finish a stroke ahead of runners-up Kevin Chappell and Charley Hoffman.[5] Steele was the third tour rookie to win in 2011, after Jhonattan Vegas (Bob Hope Classic) and Charl Schwartzel (Masters). In addition to a $1.1 million payday and a tour card until the end of 2013, Steele's victory earned invites to The Players Championship, Bridgestone Invitational, PGA Championship, and the next year's Masters; the win moved from 115th to 19th in the FedEx Cup standings.

Over five years later on October 16, 2016, Steele won the Safeway Open in Napa, California, the first event of 2017 season. His winning score of 270 (−18) tied the tournament record for lowest score relative to par; he was one stroke ahead of runner-up Patton Kizzire for his second tour win.

Steele successfully defended his Safeway Open title on October 8, 2017. He started the final round two strokes back, but posted 69 (–3) in breezy conditions to win at 273 (−15), two strokes ahead of runner-up Tony Finau. With his third tour victory, Steele became the first with multiple wins at the event.[6] Later that night, wildfires damaged the Silverado resort.[7][8]


Steele is the nephew of Anthony Geary, the actor who plays Luke Spencer of General Hospital.[9]

Professional wins (10)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (3)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
1 Apr 17, 2011 Valero Texas Open 69-72-68-71=280 −8 1 stroke United States Kevin Chappell, United States Charley Hoffman
2 Oct 16, 2016 Safeway Open 67-71-67-65=270 −18 1 stroke United States Patton Kizzire
3 Oct 8, 2017 Safeway Open (2) 65-67-72-69=273 −15 2 strokes United States Tony Finau

PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2020 Sony Open in Hawaii Australia Cameron Smith Lost to par on first extra hole

Nationwide Tour wins (1)[edit]

Tour Championships (1)
Other Nationwide Tour (0)
No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
1 Oct 31, 2010 Nationwide Tour Championship 66-71-65-73=275 −13 Playoff United States Colt Knost

Nationwide Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2010 Nationwide Tour Championship United States Colt Knost Won with birdie on fourth extra hole

Other wins (6)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Results not in chronological order in 2020.

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Masters Tournament CUT T27 CUT
U.S. Open CUT T15 T13 63
The Open Championship CUT CUT CUT T47
PGA Championship T19 T58 T12 CUT CUT CUT
Tournament 2019 2020 2021 2022
Masters Tournament
PGA Championship T22 77 T9
U.S. Open CUT
The Open Championship NT T67
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
NT = No tournament due to COVID-19 pandemic


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 1 4 9 6
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 3
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2
Totals 0 0 0 0 1 6 22 12
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 3 (2014 PGA – 2016 U.S. Open)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (once, current)

Results in The Players Championship[edit]

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
The Players Championship CUT CUT CUT T26 CUT T57 T6 T79 CUT C T41 T13
  Top 10

CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
C = Canceled after the first round due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Results in World Golf Championships[edit]

Results not in chronological order before 2015.

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Championship T48 T20
Match Play T30 T17
Invitational T48 T24 T60
  Did not play

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Week 05 2018 Ending 4 Feb 2018" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Brendan Steele – Profile". PGA Tour. Retrieved October 10, 2017.
  3. ^ 2004–05 UC Riverside Men's & Women's Golf Media Guide
  4. ^ "Brendan Steele earns PGA Tour card". ESPN. Associated Press. October 31, 2010.
  5. ^ "Brendan Steele earns first PGA Tour win". ESPN. Associated Press. April 17, 2011. Retrieved April 19, 2011.
  6. ^ "Brendan Steele wins Safeway Open by 2 to repeat as champ". ESPN. Associated Press. October 9, 2017.
  7. ^ Kroichick, Ron (October 9, 2017). "Napa fire forces PGA Tour officials, players to flee Silverado after golf tourney". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  8. ^ Howard, Chelsea (October 9, 2017). "PGA Tour officials evacuate Silverado after Napa fires". Sporting News. (Omnisport). Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  9. ^ Q&A: Brendan Steele Archived January 16, 2014, at the Wayback Machine

External links[edit]