The new wraparound season on the PGA Tour begins this week with the Safeway Open. The event has become used to kicking off the new season but something remarkable happened last year. Emilliano Grillo was playing in his first event since earning his full PGA Tour card but he clearly had no nerves as he won his maiden title at the first time of asking.
There may be a number of talented younger players in the field this week looking to replicate Grillo’s wonderful win but that will be very tough given the quality of the field assembled at Silverado Resort and Spa. We’ve got major winners, multiple PGA Tour winners and some of the members of Davis Love III’s victorious Ryder Cup team. Unfortunately though, there is no Tiger Woods in the field after he withdrew due to concerns he has about his game.
Silverado is hosting the Safeway Open for the third time in a row. The par 72 is comprised of the stock selection of par threes, fours and fives but it is no run of the mill track. The North Course is a tough test of ball striking which forces players to be at their very best to have any hope of winning. In terms of the specific stats to concentrate on, make sure to focus on players who hit a high percentage of greens in regulation and who scramble well. Don’t worry too much about putting stats though as what happens before the greens tends to be more important than the putts made on them.
Thomas to Begin His Season Strongly Again
Justin Thomas may not have won the 2015 Safeway Open but his performance at Silverado certainly helped him secure his maiden victory. The talented American hit a huge number of greens in regulation and drove the ball very well en route to finish in a tie for third. From then he only had to wait a few short weeks to win at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia. Thomas clearly doesn’t need to warm up too much in the PGA Tour season and so looks a good bet at 25/1 with BetVictor.
Rahm to Push for His Maiden Win
Jon Rahm turned pro in the middle of last season so he could take up his place at the US Open. He didn’t wait around after turning pro to show the world just how good he is. The young Spaniard finished in a tie for third position in his pro debut at the Quicken Loans Nationals and then went even closer to winning at the RBC Canadian Open. Many people think it would be a surprise if Rahm were not to win on the PGA Tour this season, a win which could come this week at odds of 25/1 with Coral.
Bryan to Follow in Grillo’s Footsteps?
A couple of years ago, Wesley Bryan was just a golf fan making videos of trick shots on YouTube with his brother. Now, he is a PGA Tour card holder. He won his place on the main tour thanks to three wins on the Web.com Tour last year and he is well placed for a strong showing this week at 70/1 with Bet365.