PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Brendan Steele’s second-round scorecard was nothing short of colorful.
Steele birdied each of the first four holes he faced in waning daylight Friday evening, and the roller coaster continued when he resumed play Saturday morning. He didn’t make a single par until the 10th hole, and his final tally included six birdies, three bogeys and a double.
It all added up to a 1-under 69 to move him to 5 under through 36 holes. While he began the morning with a two-shot lead, Steele sits in a tie for third after 36 holes, two shots behind Padraig Harrington as he looks to win for the second time.
“Happy with the overall result,” Steele said. “Would have liked it to be a little better after the start obviously, but played holes yesterday and today in tough conditions. I’ll take it. Anything under par is good.”
Steele was a runner-up earlier this season at the Humana Challenge, and his lone PGA Tour win came at the 2011 Valero Texas Open. While he grew up in California, he has an added sense of comfort this week, staying at the nearby house of good friend Keegan Bradley.
“Keegan and I have had a fun week. I’m a West Coast guy, so still learning Florida but feel like I’m getting better and better here,” he said. “The course is tough the way the wind is, and it changes every day. Just have to try to get into every shot and not look too far ahead of yourself.”