SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Following a second-round 74 that left him just one stroke inside the cut line, Brendan Steele entered Saturday’s third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open with an aggressive attitude.
It paid off in the form of a 9-under 62 that moved him into contention for his second career PGA Tour title.
“I was just trying to make as many birdies as I could,” Steele explained. “It's kind of the luxury when you make the cut by a shot. You have more to gain and not much to lose, so you can just go out there and be more aggressive and see what happens. If something strikes the right way, then you get a good round.”
This one was better than good. The low score of the week at TPC Scottsdale, Steele carded a symmetrical nine birdies and nine pars without a single bogey.
“I think sometimes you just get courses where the shots set up to your eye and you get flags that look good to you, maybe more so here than other places,” he said. “Sometimes they don't set up the course the way that I would like, other places that don't suit my game quite as well.
“I think a lot of drivers here is good for me, kind of medium‑wide fairways, and having to get it down there has always kind of suited my game. I think that's probably the only reason I can say I have a good success here.”