Golf: Steele grabs win with fast finish at Safeway Open

Brendan Steele reacts to his putt on the 18th hole during the final round of the Safeway Open.
Brendan Steele reacts to his putt on the 18th hole during the final round of the Safeway Open. PHOTO: AFP

NORTH CAROLINA (Reuters) - Californian Brendan Steele birdied the final three holes to snatch a one-stroke victory at the Safeway Open in northern California on Sunday.

Cycling fan Steele, hardly sighted on the leaderboard all week, timed his finishing sprint perfectly with a seven-under-par 65 at Silverado Resort in Napa.

He sank a seven-footer at the last to finish at 18-under 270 for his second PGA Tour victory, after previously winning the 2011 Texas Open.

Third-round leader Patton Kizzire (70) made a mess of the par-five 18th, but salvaged a par to claim second place on 17-under in the opening event of the 2016-17 PGA Tour season.