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Golf is back! I know, it’s only been a couple weeks, but I missed full field events. This week, we are in Napa Valley for the Safeway Open – formerly the Frys.com Open – where Brendan Steele is the defending champion. During the Fall Swing, we have a huge edge due to the influx of web.com Tour graduates playing in the field. 99% of casual DFS players have no clue who these guys are, and we can leverage this into some serious cash.
This week, players face the Silverado CC’s North Course. The layout is a 7,203-yard par-72 featuring four par 3s and four par 5s. As expected, scoring on the par-5s is going to be important, but not as important as the par-4s. The course features tree-lined fairways and a decent number of doglegs, so accuracy off-the-tee should be important. What I love about this track is that any type of player can contend, not just the bombers. The greens are extremely undulated, but won’t be running too quickly. If you look at some of the quotes from players over the years, these points are reflected. As far as comparable courses, I would look towards Riviera CC and TPC Four Seasons, because we’ve seen a lot of players with great track records on both of those venues. Additionally, I’m going to favor some California-based players, because these tricky poa annua greens favor those who have a ton of experience putting on them.
Now, onto my sleeper picks of the week for the Safeway Open.
DraftKings High-End Sleepers
There aren’t any high-end sleepers this week, so I’m providing my two favorite elite studs to pay up for.
Ryan Moore ($9,700)
Since a shoulder injury this summer, Moore has quietly bounced his way back into form. He made a run in the FedEx Cup playoffs, finishing 20th at the BMW Championship and narrowly missing out on East Lake. Moore in a West Coast specialist, and we’ve seen him have success on poa annua greens and in the Fall Swing. In one appearance at Silverado, Moore finished 10th. From a pure betting perspective, 30-1 on Ryan Moore is great value.