2018 Safeway Open Fantasy Sleeper Report
Good luck to all involved at the Safeway Open in replicating the drama of the Ryder Cup!
Of course, this Fall Season is designed to act as a wraparound for more exciting fare in the New Year, but punters enjoy weak field events as they tend to serve up opportunities for some big wins.
At roughly this time during the last season we saw Ryan Armour, Patrick Cantlay, Austin Cook and Patton Kizzire all win at odds of 50/1; indeed, Armour was top-side of 150/1!
Chances for a big winner abound then, it’s merely a question of ploughing through this Safeway Open field and seeing if we can uncover any betting value.
What are we looking for? Players who have shown a little bit of form heading into the culmination of the 2017/18 campaign. Even if they didn’t battle through to the TOUR Championship, we would still expect those who are confident to enjoy playing at a fairly benign Silverado Resort course in Napa, California.
That said, the weather forecast is a bit fruity, with rain anticipated in the build-up and some strong winds expected to pepper the players throughout the week.
You probably know the drill with West Coast by now, but those winds are often a factor as are the Poa Annua greens, which the pros reliably inform us have a completely different feel to Bermuda and even, to some extent, the more comparative Bentgrass.
It’s not a particularly long layout, with some tight-ish fairways and a handful of dog-legging holes. But really, this is Fall Season golf, so the players won’t be expecting anything too taxing.
A couple of guys who clearly like it around here are Brendan Steele and Emiliano Grillo. The former is a dual champion here, having first won in 2016 and successfully defended 12 months later. Grillo, the 2015 winner, was in the mix after 54 holes last year too, so it would be fair to say that Silverado is a track that some have the pin in the map for all year round.
Long, straight hitters tend to thrive here, but all sorts of players have succeeded. Last year we saw an abysmal tee-to-green week from Phil Mickelson (not unlike his Ryder Cup efforts last week, some might say), and yet his putting was so good he still got into the mix with a T3 finish.
On the other hand, Steele delivered a ball striking masterclass, and simply had the job of nudging in some short distance putts, such was his mastery.
As we say, this Silverado course is a tough one to dissect, but we’re happy enough to be backing long hitters who can take advantage of the four Par 5s to compile a winning total in the mid-teens.
Easy, right? Let’s find out with our fantasy sleeper picks for the Safeway Open.
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Sleeper Report Predictions Last Season (2017-2018)
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