Brendan Steele shot a three-under round of 69 to clinch the Safeway Open trophy for the second year in a row.
On Friday, almost five months to the day since his champagne-soaked celebration in Texas, Daly achieved another major milestone: he made his first PGA Tour cut since 2015.
Four players are at five-under including Lucas Glover and Argentina's Emiliano Grillo. But a birdie at 16 moved him to 14 under and a two-shot lead. "Probably the best shot I've ever hit in my life under those circumstances", he said.
Steele won the tournament by two strokes, with Tony Finau finishing at 13-under par.
Defending champion Brendan Steele is a shot further back and eased to 11/2 from 11/4 overnight.
"The course played as opposite as it could, but still able to have enough knowledge of the course, to know where to miss and know where to be aggressive and seemed like it worked out pretty good".
He said: "Let's take a moment to admire the fact that I just hit a fairway".
Hoge, beginning his fourth PGA Tour season, had seven birdies.
There was little joy for the four Australians in the early stages of the opening event of the 2017 - 2018 PGA Tour season, the Safeway Open at the Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa in California.
"I had a really good ball-striking day".
"I had seen the weather forecast for the whole week, that Sunday was going to be windy and it seems like Sunday's always the hardest day on the PGA Tour for whatever reason, the weather comes in".
Brendan Steele is the Safeway Open champion!
"After mixing three bogeys with two birdies on the front nine, Duncan picked up shots at 11, 14 and 16 â€" while dropping one at 15.
In just his second PGA Tour start, Duncan, the second- and third-round leader, finished in a tie for fifth after shooting 75. He had an eagle, 10 birdies and a bogey.
It was the 47-year-old Mickelson's 27th third-place finish in 27 PGA Tour seasons to along with 42 career wins and 34 runner-up finishes.
Phil Mickleson, 42 time PGA Tour victor, ended the day tied for 12th place with a three-under round of 69 and is 20/1 for the title. He has not played a PGA Tour-sanctioned event since the 2015 Presidents Cup.