You Oughta Know: Open


NAPA, Calif. – Brendan Steele is looking to go wire to wire and capture his second career PGA Tour title Sunday at the Open. Here’s what You Oughta Know heading into the final round at Silverado:

• Steele doesn’t have much experience in the winner’s circle, but he’s 1-for-1 when holding at least a share of the 54-hole lead. At the 2011 Valero Texas Open, he led by one over Cameron Tringale after three rounds. He shot 71 on the final day and won by the same margin.

• Rocco Mediate (2010) is the only wire-to-wire winner in tournament history. Last season on the PGA Tour, only Jordan Spieth (Masters) and Jason Day (BMW) were able to accomplish the feat. 

• Andrew Loupe’s 10-birdie, 9-under 63 was his lowest score in relation to par on the PGA Tour. His previous best was an 8-under 63 at the 2014 Pebble Beach event.

• One player who won’t be intimidated by a final-round deficit: Justin Rose. The Englishman, who is two shots back heading into the last day, has trailed in five of his seven career Tour wins. 

• Rookies Harold Varner III or Emiliano Grillo would become just the fourth player in the last 15 years to win in his first start as a PGA Tour member. They are two shots back.

Rory McIlroy is eight shots behind, in a tie for 39th. He has eight career top-10s in tournament debuts (out of 46 total).

Kevin Na, playing his 300th career PGA Tour event this week, still has only one win on his résumé. That came four years ago, in Vegas, where the Tour heads next week. 

• Saturday’s third-round scoring average was 69.913 – easily the best of the week. The scoring average on opening day was 70.744. 

Information courtesy Golf Channel's Editorial Research Unit