Congratulations to Dustin Johnson on winning the 2020 Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup Title.  The man has won nearly $20 million dollars in the last month on the PGA Tour, not too shabby.  This is the same man that people thought was lost after he withdrew from the 3M Open with a back injury after rounds of 80-80-78 over a two week span.  Justin Thomas tried to make it interesting on Sunday but I think the best player in the world today took home the title which is how it should be.   

Normally, this would begin what we call the “wrap around” portion of the PGA Tour schedule.  It actually officially begins the 2020-2021 PGA Tour season but they’ll be more changes as we try to catch up after the COVID shut down.  The Safeway Open is traditionally the kick off to that portion of the season but it typically isn’t the lead into the U.S. Open like it is this year.  You would typically see a sub-par field for this event following the FedEx Cup Playoffs and that fact hasn’t changed as a lot of the big name players have chosen to take the week off to rest before heading to north to Winged Foot Golf club in New York.  We’ve got a few decent names like Si Woo Kim, Phil Mickelson and Jordan Spieth but when Emiliano Grillo is $9700 on DraftKings, you know it’s a weak field.

This event used to be known as the Open and is played at the beautiful Silverado Country Club in Napa, California.  This short 7,203 yard, par 72 is tree lined with tough bunker locations, big greens and a little bit of water as well.  Players must stay dry this week.

Brandon Steele has won this event twice and our defending champ is Cameron Champ.  Both of these players are terrific drivers of the golf ball.  The stats I’ll be targeting this weekend will be Strokes Gained: Off the Tee, Strokes Gained: Approach, Fairways Hit, and Bogey Avoidance.  While putting is always at a premium on the PGA Tour, this week will not be a challenge especially when they’ll be fasting extremely tough greens next week at the U.S. Open.

One and Done Pick: Chez Reavie