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Safeway Open Preview

Tuesday, October 3, 2017


The 2017-2018 PGA TOUR season kicks off this week in beautiful Napa Valley in Northern California. 

The Safeway Open hosted at the North Course at the rustic Silverado Resort and Spa. The resort was originally established around a landmark mansion built in 1870 by General John F. Miller. One of the oldest golf clubs in Northern California.

Both courses on site were designed by iconic designer Robert Trent Jones Jr. in the mid-60s while the North Course underwent a redesign in 2011 by Johnny Miller.  

This will be the fourth year in a row that the Safeway Open has kicked off the start of the PGA TOUR season at Silverado Resort and Spa.
 
New Faces on TOUR
For a rundown of the 50 Web.com Tour graduates, check out Josh Culp's Web Rankings article. We will be seeing these golfers quite a bit during the wraparound schedule, particularly in the Stateside events. 
 
The Course 
Silverado Resort and Spa's North Course
7,166 yards - Par 72 - Bentgrass/Poa Annua Greens

The North course offers up multiple challenges with sparsely tree-lined fairways with plenty of bunkers abound.  The course offers different looks throughout the round with short, uphill par 3s and short par 4s that make for good chances to score while gentle sloping greens and groves of Redwood serve as a reminder to stay in the fairways. 

On some holes, many players will be trading in their drivers for shorter, more accurate clubs to help them find the fairway. 

The North Course has multiple par 5s including a double-dogleg par 5 that is a tough test of accuracy and distance. 

I think players who have a foot in both the accuracy and distance department will be successful this week.  

The field of 144 golfers is on the lighter side of strength as many of the top players in the world are resting after a grueling finish to the FedExCup Playoffs that was won by Justin Thomas.  
 
 
Weather
The weather for the Northern California region of the country looks like there won’t be any sort of issues as the temps will be mild with early morning temps forecasted to be in the low 50’s for each morning and the daytime temps averaging 85 degrees across the four days.
 
Past Winners at Silverado Resort and Spa
2016 Brendan Steele
2015 Emiliano Grillo 
2014 Sangmoon Bae
 
 
Course-Specific Stats
The following are course related stats that are specific to the Silverado North Course for players who have played at least four rounds and courtesy of FantasyNational.com

That is a smaller sample than we generally use, but this course has only been used three times. The maximum number of rounds is 12. Keep that in mind, when you consider how heavily (or lightly) you want to weigh course history this week...
 
Strokes Gained Total
Kevin Na
Brendan Steele
Sangmoon Bae
Patton Kizzire
Emiliano Grillo
Martin Laird
Phil Mickelson
Derek Fathauer
Tony Finau
Cody Gribble
 
Par 5 Scoring
Tony Finau
Smylie Kaufman
Sangmoon Bae
Luke List
Kevin Na
Brendan Steele
Derek Fathauer
Andrew Loupe
Mackenzie Hughes
Harold Varner III
 
Birdies-or-Better Gained
Andrew Loupe
Brendan Steele
Mackenzie Hughes
Smylie Kaufman
Kevin Na
Sangmoon Bae
Patton Kizzire
Michael Kim
Martin Laird
Ben Crane
 
Fairways Gained
Lucas Glover
Colt Knost
Graham DeLaet
Kevin Na
Zac Blair
Chez Reavie
Webb Simpson
Brendan Steele
John Huh
Chad Campbell
 
Greens in Regulation Gained
Kevin Na
Webb Simpson
Lucas Glover
Jon Curran
Bobby Wyatt
Bud Cauley
Vaughn Taylor
Harold Varner III
Graham DeLaet
Brendan Steele
 
Strokes Gained Putting
Hunter Mahan
Patton Kizzire
Mackenzie Hughes
Brendan Steele
Peter Malnati
Martin Laird
Cody Gribble
Ryan Moore
Chesson Hadley
Derek Fathauer
 
 

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Macaulay Scott Renner has been playing ice hockey and golf for over 40 years while growing up on the beaches of the NJ shore. An avid Grateful Dead fan, he has been playing fantasy sports since 1999 and currently resides in Philadelphia. Macaulay can found on Twitter @msr427.



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