Tuesday Tease — One-stop shop for EVERYTHING at: The Safeway Open

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Tournament: Safeway Open
  • 2018-19 Season Opener
  • The PGA Tour’s wraparound season begins in California’s wine country for the sixth consecutive year
  • First of eight slots still available in the winners-only Sentry Tournament of Champions that opens the 2019 calendar year.
  • Brendan Steele becomes the fourth man in 2018 to attempt a three-peat. Hideki Matsuyama (Phoenix), Daniel Berger (Memphis) and Jhonattan Vegas (Canada) were unsuccessful in their attempts.
  • Though deadly wildfires bore down on Silverado just hours after last year’s final putt, the resort was fortunate to be spared. Some of the surrounding areas remain blackened from fire damage

Last year & Previous Winners:

  • Brendan Steele succesfully defended his title here last year, edging out Tony Finau by a stroke. Chesson Hadley and Phil Mickelson tied for third, just two strokes back of Steele.
Leaderboard
Past Winners:
2017 — Brendan Steele (-18)
2016 — Emiliano Grillo (-15)
2015 — Sang-Moon Bae (-15)
2014 — Jimmy Walker (-21)

Field:

  • Patrick Cantlay and Phil Mickelson give the lineup two entrants who made it all the way to the TOUR Championship at East Lake
  • Denny McCarthy, winner of the Web.com Tour Championship, heads a list of 49 players who earned cards through either the tour’s regular season or Finals
  • Chilean teen Joaquin Niemann, who earned a PGA TOUR card via excellence on sponsor invites last year, also wastes no time getting his season started
  • Fred Couples and John Daly take advantage of the PGA TOUR Champions off week to play on sponsor exemptions.
  • Retired Athletics pitcher Mark Mulder also tees up on a sponsor invite, trying to become the first modern athlete from another sport to make a PGA TOUR cut
  • Canadians in the field: Corey Conners, Adam Hadwin, David Hearn, Mackenzie Hughes, Roger Sloan, Ben Silverman, Adam Svensson, Nick Taylor
  • Full field here

Course: Silverado Resort & Spa (North), 7,166 yards, par 72.

  • Pretty straightforward Californian course — beautiful vista views, sparsely lined fairways and strategically placed bunkers
  • Pros typically tear this place apart; expect lots of birdies
  • Once the estate of a Civil War general, the property changed in the 1960s with Robert Trent Jones Jr. being commissioned to build two 18-hole courses.
  • The PGA TOUR started here with the Kaiser International in 1968 and had a run that lasted 13 years
  • Hall of Famer Johnny Miller and two partners acquired Silverado in 2010, with Miller quickly overseeing upgrades to both courses
  • Tournament record: 270, Brendan Steele (2016)
  • Course Record: 61 Chesson Hadley (2nd round, 2017).

Notes:

  • Brendan Steele will take his shot at becoming the first man since 2011 to three-peat a PGA TOUR event
  • Phil Mickelson is seeking the only California title missing from his trophy case, having tied for third last year and eighth in his first visit
  • Winner receives 500 FedEx Cup points
  • TV: Thursday – Sunday, 5:30-8:30 p.m. ET (Golf Channel)
  • PGA TOUR LIVE: None

Picks:

Favourite (Less than 25/1)

  • Patrick Cantlay — 14/1

Mid-Tier (25/1 to 50/1)

  • Adam Hadwin — 33/1

Dark Horse (50/1 to 100/1)

  • Bronson Burgoon — 80/1

Longshot (Over 100/1)

  • Johnson Wagner — 125/1

 

Tune in tomorrow for Teeing Off Podcast: Episode 50

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