The new PGA Tour season gets started just a few days after the TOUR Championship, so we won’t see any of the top-30 players in the standings make their way to northern California wine country for this week’s Safeway Open. The new season will be a long one with 50 tournaments on the schedule, the most since 1975. Cameron Champ did not return to defend his title, but two-time winner Brendan Steele entered as did several other familiar names. Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth and Sergio Garcia are a few of the well-known players giving the event some credibility. However, Si Woo Kim opened as the early betting favorite. BookMaker.eu has a complete list of tournament matchup odds when you’re ready to place a wager.
Safeway Open Matchups Odds at BookMaker.eu
Safeway Open Matchup Odds at BookMaker.eu
Scott Piercy -115 vs. Harry Higgs -105
Adam Schenk -140 vs, Tom Hoge +120
Ryan Armour +105 vs, Wyndham Clark -125
Denny McCarthy -125 vs. Maverick McNealy +105
Talor Gooch -115 vs. Mark Hubbard -105
Robby Shelton -105 vs. Kristoffer Ventura -115
Lucas Glover -125 vs. Jim Furyk +105
Sepp Straka 120 vs. J.B. Holmes +100
Patrick Rodgers -115 vs. Troy Merritt -105
Rafa Cabrera-Bello -105 vs. Charl Schwartzel -115
Shane Lowry -130 vs. Joel Dahmen +110
Keegan Bradley -115 vs. Sam Burns -105
Cameron Davis -110 vs. Brandt Snedeker -110
Luke List -115 vs. Tyler Duncan -105
Xinjun Zhang -105 vs. Brice Garnett -115
Cameron Tringale -115 vs. Carlos Ortiz -105
Will Gordon +110 vs. Henrik Norlander -130
Branden Grace -125 vs. Chesson Hadley +105
Phil Mickelson -115 vs. Brendan Steele -105
Erik Van Rooyen -115 vs. Jordan Spieth -105
Si Woo Kim -115 vs. Brendan Steele -105
Shane Lowry -105 vs. Sergio Garcia -115
Charley Hoffman +105 vs. Kyle Stanley -125
Si Woo Kim -120 vs. Phil Mickelson +100
Harold Varner III -125 vs. Chez Reavie +105
Emiliano Grillo -115 vs. Jordan Spieth -105
Chez Reavie -125 vs. Doc Redman +105
Joel Dahmen +110 vs. Sergio Garcia -130
Emiliano Grillo -105 vs. Erik Van Rooyen -115
Kevin Streelman +100 vs. Bud Cauley -120
Harold Varner III -145 vs. Doc Redman +125
Need to Know
The North Course at Silverado has hosted since 2014 and we’re seeing many of the same faces so everyone knows what to expect. The layout isn’t difficult to navigate playing at 7,166 yards and par 72. We’re likely to see a lot of wedges on the course with tree-lined fairways of modest width. However, going long off the tee is an option since the rough is forgiving. Big hitters have traditionally done well here, but reaching the winner’s circle requires every stick in the bag. The par 5s aren’t long allowing players to make up strokes, but one poor round will doom you. Winning scores at Silverado ranged between -14 and -18 and there is a cut line this week. Keep that in mind since the previous two events didn’t have it.
Safeway Open Matchup Picks
Cameron Davis -110 vs. Brandt Snedeker
You have to catch Davis at the right time and this might be it. He tends to be streaky in his play and he comes in on a run of solid if not spectacular form. He’s played the weekend in his last four starts placing among the top-32 in all of them with two top-15 finishes. He ended last season with a T29 at The Northern Trust in a much stronger field, just missing a shot at advancing in the playoffs. He can hit the ball a long way and we’ve seen big hitters have success on this layout.
Jordan Spieth -105 vs. Erik Van Rooyen
Maybe Spieth will find his game in wine country. He hasn’t won on Tour since 2017 and last season was a disappointment by his standards as he failed to find any consistency in his game. This is the kind of event where we’ll likely see him make some tweaks to whatever he feels is missing, and the field isn’t overpowering so he should do well on form alone. I’m hesitant to back him for the outright win but I have no problem throwing down in this matchup. He played through the weekend in seven of nine post COVID starts earning a pair of top-15s.
Phil Mickelson +100 vs. Si Woo Kim
This is one of Mickelson’s favorite stops and he has a successful history despite a missed cut last year. Lefty struggled on Tour most of the season with his playoff run ending with a MC at The Northern Trust. So why am I backing him? Well, he went wire-to-wire a few weeks ago in his Tour Champions debut and past results at Silverado include a T3, T8 and T17. I’ll admit I’m a fan and that can be betting suicide, but Lefty’s in a groove and I like the price.
Harold Varner III -125 vs. Chez Reavie
A lot of stats favor Varner doing well at Silverado and indeed he has. He’s 5 for 5 with three top-20s and half his rounds have been under 70. It’s the other scores that he needs to avoid to be in contention, but I’m not wagering on an outright win. Instead I’ll take my chances in this matchup and give the negative odds. Recent form is good with a T7 among two top-20s in his last three starts and strokes gained: tee-to-green and GIR average ranked among the top-15 on Tour.
Mark Hubbard -105 vs. Talor Gooch
With the exception of a WD from the Workday, Hubbard has played four rounds in every event since the restart. The results haven’t been great with two top-15s in nine tournaments, but playing through is something you have to consider in matchups. He was T13 here last year proving he can play the course and his consistent game is something that I’ll back in this head to head.
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