Born on May 3, 1971 in Sabah, Steel further his tertiary studies in Auburn University, United States. He became a professional golfer in 1996 and in the same year, he also made into the limelight for being the first Malaysian to play in The Open Championship.
A year later, Steel played in Nike Boise Open and managed to clinch a title. His career in the golf industry expanded and subsequently, he played in 1998 PGA Tour but continued Nike Tour in 1999.
This US-based Malaysian golfer enjoyed his success after spending his early years as a golfer in United States. Steel finished third in 2008 Worldwide Selangor Masters, reached top 8 at Brunei Open and finished top 10 at Iskandar Johor Open, UBS Hong Kong Open and Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open.
Even though he spent most his days playing in Asia, Steel managed to retain his membership of the European Tour.