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October 6 2011

8:59 PM

Steele’s tired, but he’s still playing well

Watch: Steele discusses his round

Brendan Steele spoke to the PGA TOUR Network following Thursday's 4-under 67.

Brendan Steele is making his 27th start of his rookie season on TOUR. Yes, he's young -- 28 years old, to be specific -- but that doesn't mean he's immune to the grind of the heavy schedule.

"I'm a little beat up from the year and a little tired," Steele said, "but I'm happy with the way I'm playing."

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He should be. Not only did he break through by winning the Valero Texas Open in April, but he's also finishing strong, too.

He has three top-20 finishes in his last five starts, including a tie for 10th at the Deutsche Bank Championship, the second event in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. He was also the third-round co-leader with Jason Dufner at the PGA Championship.

Then on Thursday morning in CordeValle, he shot a 4-under 67 in tough scoring conditions, thanks to a bogey-free back nine that included five birdies.

"It was a little cold and rainy this morning, and the ball wasn't carrying very far, and we were warming up in the dark, and it was a little tough to get going early," Steele said. "But once I made the turn, things started to click, and I started to loosen up the body a little bit and caught some nice weather on the back nine."

Steele, who has made 15 cuts in his first 26 starts and should have no problem making another cut on Friday, is upbeat about what he's done this year.

"I feel like I've packed a lot of years of experience into one year with everything from the win to contending in a major to the PLAYOFFS, and I went to Europe and played a little bit," he said. "So I've had a lot of experiences this year and I think it'll really bode well for me in the future."

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