Safeway Open Matchups and Predictions

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PUBLISHED: Tuesday, September 8th, 2020
LAST UPDATE: 01:05 pm, Tue, September 8, 2020

Safeway Open Matchups and Predictions
The new PGA Tour season gets underway on Thursday with the Safeway Open. I went 3-2 last week with the matchups at the TOUR Championship and that makes it 7-3-1 with the matchups in the last two weeks. Let’s look at Safeway Open Matchup picks.

Location
Silverado Resort and Spa (North)
Media Coverage
Golf Channel

The new PGA Tour season gets underway on Thursday with the Safeway Open in Napa, California. None of the top players in the world who were in last week’s TOUR Championship are in the field, but there are some marquee names who are using this week as a tuneup for next week’s U.S. Open. I went 3-2 last week with the matchups at the TOUR Championship and that makes it 7-3-1 with the matchups in the last two weeks. Let’s look at the matchups and picks for the Safeway Open.

Venue: Silverado Resort and Spa (North)

Defending Champion: Cameron Champ

TV Coverage: Golf Channel

Safeway Open Matchup Odds

Phil Mickelson -115 vs. Brendan Steele

Erik Van Rooyen -115 vs. Jordan Spieth

Emiliano Grillo -115 vs. Jordan Spieth

Si Woo Kim -115 vs. Brendan Steele

Joel Dahmen -115 vs. Shane Lowry

Kyle Stanley -125 vs. Charley Hoffman

Si Woo Kim -120 vs. Phil Mickelson

Scott Piercy -115 vs. Harry Higgs

Adam Schenk -140 vs. Tom Hoge

Wyndham Clark -125 vs. Ryan Armour

Denny McCarthy -125 vs. Maverick McNealy

Talor Gooch -115 vs. Mark Hubbard

Robby Shelton -115 vs. Kristoffer Ventura

Lucas Glover -125 vs. Jim Furyk

Sepp Straka -120 vs. J.B. Holmes

Patrick Rodgers -115 vs. Troy Merritt

Charl Schwartzel -115 vs. Rafa Cabrera-Bello

Shane Lowry -130 vs. Joel Dahmen

Keegan Bradley -115 vs. Sam Burns

Cameron Davis -115 vs. Brandt Snedeker

Luke List -115 vs. Tyler Duncan

Xinjun Zhang -115 vs. Brice Garnett

Cameron Tringale -115 vs. Carlos Ortiz

Henrik Norlander -130 vs. Will Gordon

Branden Grace -125 vs. Chesson Hadley

Harold Varner III -125 vs. Chez Reavie

Emiliano Grillo -115 vs. Jordan Spieth

Chez Reavie -125 vs. Doc Redman

Sergio Garcia -130 vs. Joel Dahmen

Emiliano Grillo -115 vs. Erik Van Rooyen

Bud Cauley -120 vs. Kevin Streelman

Harold Varner III -145 vs. Doc Redman

Golf Matchup Picks

Erik Van Rooyen -115 vs. Jordan Spieth

One of the things I have done in the past couple of years is consistently go against Jordan Spieth in the matchups. I see no reason to get off that horse, as Spieth looks nothing like the golfer he was a few years ago. I will take Van Rooyen in this matchup.

Emiliano Grillo -115 vs. Jordan Spieth

The other matchup involving Spieth is this one against Grillo. I think you can make a case that Grillo is simply the better golfer right now and we get him at a pick in this matchup.

Mark Hubbard -115 vs. Talor Gooch

Hubbard has been consistent, making nine of his last 10 cuts. He finished 13th in this event a year ago. I think he can be in the mix again this year, so I will take him in this matchup against Gooch.

Patrick Rodgers -115 vs. Troy Merritt

Rodgers finished sixth in this event in 2015. He is solid off the tee and he has shown the ability to putt well on Poa greens. Rodgers seems to play his best golf on the West Coast, so I expect a good week from him in California.

Brendan Steele -115 vs. Si Woo Kim

Steele has been excellent on this course, winning twice. I know that Kim is listed as the favorite, but I just can’t see Kim as a favorite. Steele has shown the ability to play well and win on this course and I think he is the clear choice in this matchup against Kim.

Kyle Stanley -125 vs. Charley Hoffman

Stanley played well at the end of last season and he has been really good in the first round of many events. I will take Stanley in this matchup and if you can find him in a first round matchup against Hoffman that might be an even better bet.

Joel Dahmen -115 vs. Shane Lowry

Dahmen has been on leaderboards all year, but he simply can’t find a way to get into the winner’s circle. He ranked 32nd on the PGA Tour in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green last season. He has top 20 finishes in three of his last four starts. I will take him in this matchup against Lowry.

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