Learn about this week’s PGA course for the Safeway Open and what types of golfers are likely to succeed on it for DFS.
Before jumping into the details of this week’s PGA Tour Event, I wanted to mention a timeline for all PGA DFS items that you can expect each and every week from Frank and myself:
- Monday: Course/Event Preview
- Tuesday: Cash article, GPP article, Cheat Sheet, Livestream (8pm EST)
- Wednesday: Chat room (8pm EST) to answer lineup questions
Without further ado, let’s jump into this week’s event:
Event: Safeway Open
Dates: Thursday September 10th through Sunday September 13th
Course: Silverado Resort
Field: 156 players
Cut: 65 and ties
Past Winners: Champ (2019), Tway (2018), Steele (2017,2016), Grillo (2015)
- Thursday/Friday: 4pm-7pm EST (Golf Channel) plus PGA Tour Live
- Saturday/Sunday: 6pm-9pm EST (Golf Channel) plus PGA Tour Live
- Silverado Resort is just your typical run of the mill golf course. It’s a par 72 that will play around 7,200 yards and features 4 par 5s, 4 par 3s and 10 par 4s.
- Par 5s (549, 570, 580, 585): all 4 par 5s have a birdie rate of 35% or higher so if you want to contend you will need to take advantage of these holes. Historically, scoring per hole is 40% more important on par 5s than par 3s or 4s on this course. What does that mean? Par 5s are how the leaders end up distinguishing themselves from the field.
- Par 3s (246, 221, 187, 199) There are varying distances on the par 3s and this is where some of the length of the course is found.
- Par 4s: 7 of the 10 par 4s are between 400 -450 yards. The way the par 4s play, we end up seeing an equal distribution of approach from yardages from 75 to 200 yards. There is no certain yardage that is emphasized this week.
- Off the Tee:
- There is no massive edge to be had off the tee on this course. Only 15% of strokes gained come from this category at this course which is well below Tour average.
- Approach Shots:
- This will be the most important stat of the week as it accounts for 37% of strokes gained.
- We typically see approach shots spread out across all distances on this course
- The greens this week aren’t going to be absurdly quick so you should see a lot of putts holed especially if players can keep the ball below the hole and leave themselves an easier putt.
- Putting is the 2nd most important stat this week behind approach play. Putting accounts for 35% of the strokes gained in this event among top finishers.
- Around the Green:
- We typically see a larger number of greens hit in regulation here compared to a normal Tour event. As such, there is a decreased importance on around the green game as that only accounts for about 13% of strokes gained per round.
What type of player typically succeeds here?
- I see one clear path to victory at this course:
- The path to victory here is simple: Elite iron player with a hot putter
What areas of a player’s game will be tested the most this week?
- Largest emphasis:
- Strokes Gained Approach
- Most weeks we have a specific yardage to target for iron play but this week the iron shot distribution is very spread out
- Strokes Gained Putting
- Par 5 Scoring
- Strokes Gained Approach
- Smaller emphasis:
- Strokes Gained off the Tee
- Strokes Gained around the green
Check back in on Tuesday for the Cash article, GPP article, Cheat Sheet and Livestream (8pm EST).