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Tour pro joins couple in matrimony

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Brendan Steele wasn't playing last week, but he said he's never been more nervous on a golf course.

Though Steele was 26th on the Nationwide Tour money list, he took the week off to attend a friend’s marriage. Actually, he did more than attend. He married the couple at The Lodge at Torrey Pines overlooking the 18th hole on the South Course there outside San Diego.

Steele isn’t a reverend, preacher or rabbi, but he was the “officiant” who joined the couple in matrimony anyway. He's never delivered a more clutch performance.

“I basically got a 24-hour license to be able to marry them,” Steele said.

Steele said he thought Greg Wells and his future bride were joking when they asked him to officiate until they showed him the official paperwork authorizing him to perform the ceremony.

“When they weren’t laughing, for about five minutes, I knew they weren’t joking,” Steele said. “They wrote the script for me, and I just had to get up there and read it. I was shaking more than I’ve ever been shaking on the golf course.”

Steele, by the way, shot a 5-under-par 65 Thursday and is tied for second place at the Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open. He slipped to 28th on the money list taking last week off and needs to finish among the top 25 to earn a promotion to the PGA Tour with this week the second-to-last event of the season.