Brendan Steele knows all about a fast start to the season. What he’d like to avoid is the slow finish.
Steele won the Safeway Open a year ago, and he felt he was on his way. He made the cut in his next 16 tournaments. He had three top 10s, including a tie for sixth in The Players Championship. He made the cut in both majors he played during that stretch.
He was 13th in the FedEx Cup, and the Tour Championship looked like a sure thing. And then it wasn’t.
“I really felt like at the end of the season through the summer, I definitely limited myself as to what I was trying to achieve,” Steele said. “I just wanted to make the Tour Championship so bad, I was just trying to scratch and claw for every point I could. There was never going to be a week where I had a chance to win playing like that because you play to the level you’re thinking.
“If you’re trying to make the cut, you’ll be right around the cut line,” he said. “I wasn’t trying…