Brendan Steele is a professional golfer on the PGA Tour. Steele turned professional in 2005. In 2008 he joined the Nationwide Tour before earning his PGA Tour card for the 2011 season.
Steele won his first PGA Tour event in 2011 at the Valero Texas Open, topping Kevin Chappell and Charley Hoffman by one stroke. His win in Texas made Steele the third PGA Tour rookie to win a PGA tournament. His victory secured him not only a cool $1.1million but a guaranteed PGA Tour card until 2013 as well as invites to the Players Championship, Bridgestone Invitational, PGA Championship and the 2012 Masters.
Q & A
When did you first start swinging a club? Where/why?
I was 13 when I first started to play golf. My older brother was really into the sport and I wanted to do everything he did, so I started taking lessons in Hemet, CA and took off from there.
When did you turn pro?
As soon as I graduated college in June 2005.
What are the events, wins, memories that stand out most throughout your career so far?
All my wins stand out to me for different reasons. Nationwide Tour Championship because it secured my PGA Tour Card, The Valero Texas Open because it was my first win as a rookie on the PGA Tour, and the Shark Shootout because it was the most fun tournament I have every participated in and I got to take home the trophy with a good friend, Keegan Bradley.
f there’s one thing that people in the industry would recognize you by, what would that be?
People call me “Steeley” on the course so I have it printed on all my hats.
Hole= In One Fun= Hockey Vision=Blurry Friend=Nick Wilkins Foe=San Jose Sharks Greenhouse= Flowers Gas= Speed Driver= Titleist 910
What has driven you to work super hard and rise up beyond mediocrity?
Love of the game and a desire to compete.
Are you a rebel? Why or why not?
Definitely, my whole game defies convention.
If you weren’t killing it on the golf course, what would you be doing for a living?
College Golf Coach
Your favorite course:
The course that you purely dread…and why:
PC Sawgrass because of the grainy greens.
Best song to practice to:
I listen to a lot of Indie rock when I practice. Anything from Mumford & Sons, Airborne Toxic Event and the Punch Brothers.
C-Walking, Head Banging, fist pumping, the Macarena or the funky chicken? Which one? Or all of the above? None.
The Robot is my dance of choice.
Dream vacation spot:
A Polar Bear Excursion on snowmobiles in Norway.
If you had to share a bathroom with one Oakley Golfer, who would it NOT be and why?
Ricky Barnes - he’s a big guy.
Would you rather get punched in the gut by Mr. T. or super roundhouse kicked in the face by Chuck Norris?
People would be super surprised if they knew that you…
...are a huge hockey fan. Being from California, there is not a lot of us out here.
What particular skills are you working on?
Mental Game on the course and my patience.
You’ve been mistaken for…
Pizza and Pasta
Conan O’Brien or Jay Leno?
Life is about enjoying the experiences and doing what you love.