Steele's Alley

Defending champion Brendan Steele is off to a hot start in Napa, shooting a 7 under 65 to grab a share of the lead. Steele's joined by rookie Tyler Duncan and veteran Tom Hoge at the top of the leaderboard. The trio is two shots in front of veterans Lucas Glover, Chez Reavie, Jamie Lovemark and Emiliano Grillo. Full scores

Brendan Steele has won the Safeway Open for the second year in a row. Steele pervailed on a tough windy day at Silverado, shooting a final round 69 to win by two shots over Tony Finau. The win is Steele's third of his career and will assure him a spot in the 2017 Masters and SBS Tournament of Champions. Full scores

Protecting the field

A late double bogey cost Tony Finau a chance at capturing his second career PGA Tour win. The long-hitting pro created controversy when his playing partner, Jason Kokrak, failed to mark his ball on the green when Finau hit his bunker shot from a buried lie. Finau's ball hit Kokrak's, stopping it a few feet from the hole when it would have ended up much farther. This shouldn't happen. It's the job of the players to protect the field and mark their ball in situtations like these. This type of behavior has become more prevalent, and the PGA Tour should address situtations like this.

Duncan's debut

Rookie Tyler Duncan held the 54-hole lead in his first start as a PGA Tour member, but Sunday was a struggle. He shot a 75 and dropped to a tie for 5th. Despite the poor Sunday, it was a great start to the season for Duncan.

Hats off

Young English star Tyrrell Hatton defended his Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Hatton cruised to a 3-shot victory over Ross Fisher thanks to a final round 66, but Fisher's record-setting round of 61 overshadowed Hatton's win. The calm conditions made the Old Course at St. Andrews a mere pitch and putt for Europe's best, and the historic course's record fell by the wayside. Fisher's record came on the heels of Tommy Fleetwood setting a new course record of 63 at Carnoustie earlier in the week. Full scores

While today's golfers have superior training methods, technology is rendering records meaningless. The golf ball is the main culprit, going farther and straighter every year and making the game require less and less skill. Until the ball is restricted or rolled back, records will continue to fall with more regularity.

Quick hooks

Tiger posts a video of himself hitting an iron shot.

Phil hits a fairway and drops a dynamite one-liner.

The U.S. Mid-Am's 2nd round is scheduled to start today after a weather cancellation on Sunday. Live scoring

Cristie Kerr wins in France.

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