Safeway Open Golf Tips & Betting Preview

Safeway Open Golf Tips & Betting Preview

by 10th October 2016

Golf tips for the Safeway Open from Oct 13th – 16th. Read our betting preview on this tournament and get our free golf tips and the best betting odds.

Venue and Prize Fund
Silverado Resort&Spa (North), Napa, CA • Purse: $6,000,000

The excitement and anticipation of seeing the return of Tiger Woods will engulf the Safeway Open as the 2016-17 season opener will be played this week. First staged in 2007, this tournament was initially called the Fry’s Electronics Open.

This event has gone through a series of name changes through the years. Beginning with this year’s event, this tournament will have a new primary sponsor in Safeway Inc. and a new name. The Safeway Open will be played at the Silverado Country Club from this year until 2020 and will continue to have the same name.

Silverado Resort and Spa are one of the revered names in this part of the world having hosted fourteen PGA Tour tournaments from 1968 through 1980. The two golf courses have been overseen by lead golf analyst for NBC Sports – Johnny Miller.

Both courses are a visual delight and are a challenge to the players with dozens of water crossings, elevation changes and the route through historic oak trees. The course runs 7,203 yards and has a par-score of 72.

The biggest news coming out of the tournament is the return to action of Tiger Woods – still the biggest attraction in the world of golf. The superstar has been out of action since August 2015 due to injury but has already committed to this tournament.

Woods has a good record in the state of California having picked up 14 career Tour victories here. He has previously played at the Safeway Open only once in 2011 when he finished tied for 30th. Woods will definitely be rusty which means it will be a huge shock if he stays in contention for the title.

Tiger will be teeing off on Wednesday’s pro-am with Steph Curry. And the biggest cheer will be reserved when he pairs up with Phil Mickelson for the main event. For a pair that share 19 majors between them, teeing off together is the best thing to happen to the tournament. Mickelson was in inspired form at The Ryder Cup on the last day where he enjoyed a titanic battle with Sergio Garcia in what has to go down as the greatest half in Ryder Cup history. If he takes that form into this week he could be the one to beat.

Apart from Mickelson, Matt Kuchar is the only Ryder Cup competitor to sign up for this season’s opener. This tournament will also mark the first start of the year for former world number one amateur Jon Rahm. Who showed he can play some excellent golf towards the end of last season. Hw ill be one to keep an eye on this season for sure.

Maverick McNealy will also tee off on a sponsor exemption. Keep an eye on the youngster who’s already receiving rave reviews.

Last year’s action saw a last minute pile-up that ended in a two-hole showdown between Emiliano Grillo and Kevin Na with the former winning it by the tiniest of margins. The end was definitely not spectacular but with this year’s field already inducing a lot of interest, there is hope that the Safeway Open will thrill everyone.

Rarely in the recent past has a golfing event garnered so much attention. The NFL and college football will take a back seat while Woods’ pairing with Curry will be the talking point everywhere. No one’s complaining because it’s the best thing to happen to golf and for Tiger!

Golf Tips For The Safeway Open

Traditionally the first few tournaments of a new season are open affairs and it always pays to look at the incoming players that have made it through. So focusing on that we start with Wesley Bryan who ended top of the pile with three wins and a runner up place from 17 starts. He had 7 top 10’s from 11 cuts made. Two of those wins cam in his last 6 starts. He will come into this events with massive confidence and we are excited to see how he performs in the next few weeks. Bryan can be backed at odds of 50/1 @2 points each way.

Our second tip for the Safeway’s Open goes to Smylie Kaufman although not technically coming from the, he enjoyed a very successful rookie season in 2016. Winning once very early in the season at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open he went on to finish a very respectable 43rd in the FedEx Cup rankings. He can be backed confidently to put in a bold show at odds of 66/1 @2 points each way.

Our last tip is for Grayson Murray who finished second to Wesley in the rankings for 2016. He ended the season with a win in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship which gave him his 8th top 10 from 17 starts. The remarkable thing is that those 8 top 10’s were from just 10 cuts made. He could be hit or miss, we take him to hit this week with him being in form. Murray can be backed at odds of 100/1 @1 point each way.

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So a quick recap with our 3 tips to follow this week at the Safeway Open.
Smylie Kaufman 66/1 – 2pts each way
Wesley Bryan 50/1 – 2pts each way
Grayson Murray 100/1– 1pt each way

Betting odds for the Safeway Open
Paul Casey 12/1
Matt Kuchar 14/1
Phil Mickelson 12/1
Emilliano Grillo 20/1
Jon Rahm 20/1
Justin Thomas 25/1
Kevin Na 28/1
Bill Haas 33/1
Tiger Woods 40/1
Brendan Steele 40/1
Tony Finau 35/1
Scott Piercy 50/1
Jhonattan Vegas 50/1
Danny Lee 50/1
Wesley Bryan 50/1

66/1 Bar – All prices are from Paddypower Bookmaker and are subject to change – Each Way 1/5 odds 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

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