The new season of the PGA Tour gets underway this week with the Safeway Open which takes place at The North Course at the Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa Valley, California.
The North Course is a par 72 layout and will be the venue for this event for the 5th successive year. It is the type of course where players can go low but they do have to watch out for the wind which can be a factor and the tricky greens can often trouble the players as well. Good ball striker usually feature.
Consistent Patrick Cantlay heads the betting at 12/1 ahead of Snedeker 20/1 and Ryan Moore 22/1 and you can get 25/1 and better the balance in what is a weak field by PGA Tour standards.
2017 – Brendan Steele -15
2016 – Brendan Steele -18
2015 – Emiliano Grillo -15 *
2014 – Sang-moon Bae -15
2013 – Jimmy Walker -17
Patrick Cantlay 12/1
Brandt Snedeker 20/1
Ryan Moore 22/1
Joaquin Niemann 25/1
Phil Mickelson 25/1
Emiliano Grillo 28/1
Denny McCarthy 28/1
33/1 and better the balance, prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change
Joaquin Niemann each way at 25/1
Niemann makes his first start as a PGA member and he impressed in the outings he got on Tour last year. An excellent ball striker, he should be well suited by this course and looks set for big season.
Brendan Steele each way at 40/1
In a situation which I cannot believe has happened before, both Steele and Hatton in Europe are looking for their 3rd successive titles this weekend. Steele hasn’t been in great form but that hasn’t stopped him in previous years and in a weak field he looks worth including.
Bill Haas each way at 90/1
Haas has had a lengthy layoff due to not being involved in the FedEx Cup playoffs but he has had a couple of top 20’s here in his last two years and he certainly has the class to contend here if he returns to action fresh and motivated.
Scott Piercy each way at 80/1
Piercy has a third place finish here to his credit two years back and last year he also finished in the top 20. He hasn’t got much in the way of current form but that applies to a lot of the field this week.
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