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Silverado Country Club, and it’s going to be a nice tune-up for some of e PGA Tour offseason lasted merely two days, so now it’s time to get right back out there on the course to kick off the new campaign.
Let’s take a closer look at this week’s contest, with odds and prop bets provided via William
What: Safeway Open
When: Sept. 10-13
Where: Silverado Country Club — Napa, Calif.
Three things to know
- Steele Invitational: Brendan Steele owns this place. He’s a two-time champion and is the strokes-gained leader over the last 10 years. He’s also coming in on a nice little streak. He’s been top 50 in each of his last three events (all with tough fields) and should feel a little freed up without the Dustin Johnsons and Jon Rahms of the world rolling around the fairways of Silverado.
- Mickelson at 30: Coming in off a win on the PGA Tour Champions, Phil Mickelson begins his 30th season on the PGA Tour as a professional. The highlights for this 50-year-old will be fe National and the Masters. The story of Phil’s career is one of longevity and consistency, and nothing says that like starting your 30th season before jet setting to New York to revisit maybe the most painful loss of your career next week at the U.S. Open.
- Sergio resurgence: You know who’s been kind of quiet the last few years? Sergio Garcia. The Spaniard actually finished 4th on the PGA Tour in strokes gained tee to green last seas stats into anything competitive on the course, mostly because he was 187th in putting. I did not know it was possible to have as many top fives in strokes gained tee to green as you do on the PGA Tour!
Grading the field
All things considered, it’s a good field. What’s missing is the group of graduated Korn Ferry Tour players that would normally be starting. Remember, all of the PGA Tour players kept their cards because of the COVID-19 pandemic, so we’re sort of in the middle of this strange super season on both tours. In addition to Mickelson, Garcia and Spieth, Jim Furyk, Shane Lowry, Brandt Snedker and Charl Schwartzel will all be playing as well. Grade: A
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It’s hard to believe the time has already come for another season, but it’s here. The 2020-21 PGA Tour campaign starts on Thursday at Silverado Country Club with the Safeway Open. With a later start on the West Coast, it will be cocktail golf in wine country as several players prepare for next week’s U.S. Open.
Among them will be Phil Mickelson, Shane Lowry, Sergio Garcia and Jordan Spieth as each tries to right the ship a bit after a year in which none of them experienced the kind of success they’re used to. Spieth, in particular, is fascinating. He failed to make it to the last two events of the FedEx Cup Playoffs and badly needs to get on a hot run to jump back into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Rankings.
Mickelson and Si Woo Kim are the favorites here, and I am officially intrigued by how both perform. I’m also intrigued to see how this year’s edition plays out as we often get an up-and-coming potential star win this tournament. Past champs include Emiliano Grillo, Kevin Tway and Cameron Champ. There are plenty of players who could fit that mold as this season’s first event gets underway in Napa.