Oct 16 (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.
Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Ian Ransom