NORTON – Brendan Steele knew what he had to do in the final three-plus holes if he wanted to stay alive in the PGA Tour playoffs. So he decided to sleep on it.
Forced to take a two-hour break during Monday’s rain delay at the Deutsche Bank Championship, Steele caught a nap and tried to improve his mood. Once he woke up and play resumed, Steele unleashed a torrent of birdies that bought him another tournament.
Steele birdied the last four holes, a finish that allowed him to sneak into the number needed to move into the BMW Championship, reserved for the top 70 on the points list. Steele was 89th entering the tournament, and was projected No. 74 at the start of the final round. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.