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Safeway Open 2020 | 10 Key Stats

Alright everyone! The 2019-2020 season ended and now after the extensive 48 hour break, we usher in the 2020-2021 PGA Tour season with the Safeway Open from lovely Napa, California. I hear they have wine and a bunch of rich people in Napa. I guess that’s why Pat visited Napa a few years ago. The Safeway Open presents a rather “fell off the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down” type of PGA Tour field for us to handicap. But, it’s a full field event with tons of variance! Sign us up! Many of the big names, and by many…we mean all of them are taking the week off to prepare for the US Open. Despite that, we love playing DFS and betting on events like the Safeway Open. There are long shots lurking in fields like this and the 10 Key Stats will get you started!

Silverado’s North Course is a 7,166 yard par 72 redesigned by Robert Trent Jones Jr. Cameron Champ was your winner last year, Brendan Steele has here twice and Kevin Tway won in between. All 3 of those players hit it a mile and score on par 5s. Last year, we saw the course play very firm and fast. The cut line was -2. The Korn Ferry rookies did quite well in their first showing. These poa greens feature plenty of speed and undulation for players to navigate. The fairways are tree lined, but that didn’t stop Cam from hitting a lot of drivers in 2019 as the rough didn’t prove too penal.


1. Strokes gained tee to green from 2019 Safeway: 1. Dahmen 2. Zhang 3. Reavie 4. Percy 5. HV3 6. Sloan 7. Hadley 8. Harrington 9. Garnett 10. Furyk

2. Historical GIR leaders at Silverado (min 8 rounds): 1. DeLaet 2. Percy 3. Glover 4. Taylor 5. Steele 6. Garnett 7. Streelman 8. Reavie 9. Mahan 10. Vegas

3. Strokes gained putting leaders last 50 rounds on Poa that also rank in the top 100 in ball striking: 1. McNealy 2. Rodgers 3. Kuchar 4. Ventura 5. Hubbard 6. Seiffert 7. Straka 8. Gooch 9. Perez 10. Wagner

4. If I make a custom model with courses that are less than 7200 yards, poa greens, and par 72, the top 10 in total strokes gained are: 1. Mickelson 2. Spieth 3. Streelman 4. Snedeker 5. Watney 6. Walker 7. Holmes 8. Wilkinson 9. HV3 10. Bramlett

5. If I make another model with JUST strokes gained ball striking on courses that are less than 7200 yards, firm greens, and difficult to hit fairways: 1. Stanley 2. Piercy 3. Streelman 4. Reavie 5. Dufner 6. Furyk 7. Hahn 8. Perez 9. Bradley 10. Stefani

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6. The top 10 in opportunities gained the last 12 rounds: 1. Si Woo 2. Dufner 3. HV3 4. Norlander 5. Malnati 6. Davis 7. Martin 8. Bradley 9. Bryan 10. Hadley

7. Strokes gained on the par 5’s will be the most important at Silverado this week, so the top 10 in strokes gained on the par 5’s are: 1. Streelman 2. Clark 3. EVR 4. Hahn 5. Hoag 6. Spieth 7. Davis 8. Hoffman 9. Vegas 10. Lowry

8. Top 10 in GIR’s gained the last 12 rounds: 1. Si Woo 2. Vegas 3. Duncan 4. Stanley 5. Perez 6. List 7. Furyk 8. Lowry 9. EVR 10. Lebioda

9. The two highest approach shot distribution buckets this week are 125-150 & 200+, so the top 10 in proximity are: 1. Grillo 2. Steele 3. HV3 4. Furyk 5. Wagner 6. DeLaet 7. Bryan 8. Stanley 9. Armour 10. Wise

10. Total strokes gained leaders last 50 rounds: 1. Steele 2. EVR 3. Dahmen 4. Kuchar 5. Tringale 6. Hubbard 7. Gooch 8. Cauley 9. Streelman 10. HV3

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