Paul Casey rallied for a 3-under-par 37-32=69 in the final round of the Safeway Open to conclude his second appearance on 16-under 272, up one spot into a four-way T3, two adrift of champion Brendan Steele.
The 39-year-old was chasing his second TOUR title in his 197th career start, but departs with a personal best at the Safeway, eclipsing a T7 in 2011, and his fourth straight top-5 finish on TOUR (2-2-4-T3). He's a cumulative 58-under-par over those last four starts with 15 of the 16 rounds at par or better. The Englishman began the final frame in a two-way T4 on 13-under, two shy of 54-hole leader Patton Kizzire. He got off to a sluggish start, making the turn in 1-over after sandwiching a birdie-3 at the eighth with bogeys on 7 and 9, missing a pair of five-foot par-savers. Casey rebounded to play his inward half in bogey-free 4-under, circling 11, 12 (hole-out from greenside bunker), 15 and 17, but with preferred lies in effect, mustered just 11 greens in regulation and failed to birdie either of the par 5s (holes 16 and 18) coming in.
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