The 2020 Safeway Open follows Dustin Johnson’s 2019-20 FedEx Cup victory and precedes next week’s U.S. Open. The bridge tournament welcomes a relatively weak 156-man field to Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, California. Below, we look at the fantasy golf power rankings for the top 30 golfers for the 2020 Safeway Open.
2020 Safeway Open: Fantasy Golf Top 30
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30. Kristoffer Ventura (+8000)
A two-time winner on the Korn Ferry Tour in 2019 looking to break through on the PGA Tour in a weak field. A strong putter but struggles around the greens and on approach.
29. Charl Schwartzel (+8000)
Tied for third in a comparable field at the 3M Open ahead of the PGA Championship. Finished sixth here in 2016.
28. Will Gordon (+5500)
Missed two cuts and hasn’t finished better than T-27 in four events since a breakout T-3 at the Travelers Championship. Averaging 0.55 Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee per round through 12 events in 2020, according to Data Golf.
27. Branden Grace (+7000)
Was tied for second in a weak field at the Barracuda Championship before being forced to withdraw due to a positive COVID-19 test. He missed the cut in his four previous events and the ensuing Wyndham Championship, but he did tie for 19th at the Charles Schwab Challenge in the return to golf.
26. Luke List (+6000)
Missed the cut in this event last year following a fourth-place finish in 2018. Tied for 10th in an incredibly strong field at the Memorial Tournament after winning the Korn Ferry Tour’s Korn Ferry Challenge in June.
25. Lucas Glover (+6600)
Came out of the midseason pause with four straight top-25 finishes before a T-38 at the Memorial and four straight missed cuts after that. Has 18 career rounds played at Silverado Resort with an average of 0.47 strokes gained per round.
24. Rafa Cabrera Bello (+8000)
Missed out on the FedEx Cup Playoffs with a T-37 finish at the Wyndham Championship. Had five top 10s in strong-field events on the European Tour in 2019 and can certainly compete in this event.
23. Bud Cauley (+4500)
Tied for 15th at the Wyndham Championship ahead of a missed cut at the Northern Trust to end his 2019-20 season. Has 16 rounds played at this venue with an average of 0.77 strokes gained per round.
22. Talor Gooch (+5000)
Had his 2019-20 season end with a T-65 at the BMW Championship and is one of the few to make it that far in the FedEx Cup Playoffs to be playing this week. Finished T-56 last year.
21. Jordan Spieth (+3000)
Returned to play with a T-10 at the Charles Schwab Challenge but had just one other top-20 finish before his season ended with a missed cut at the Northern Trust. Making his debut at Silverado Resort.
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20. Xinjun Zhang (+10000)
Tied for seventh last year with 1.91 Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green per round. Tied for 10th at the Memorial and 12th at the 3M Open before finishing his season with three straight missed cuts.
19. Patrick Rodgers (+6600)
Twenty career rounds played at this venue with an average of 0.32 strokes gained per round. Averaging 0.67 SG: Putting in 2020.
18. Brandt Snedeker (+4500)
Finished T-17 last year on the heels of a runner-up showing in 2018. Has a top finish of T-3 at the Farmers Insurance Open in 2020.
17. Sam Burns (+4000)
Missed the cut in his only appearance at this event to date but has made the cut in 10 of 15 events in 2020, topped by a T-6 finish in a much stronger field at the American Express.
16. Henrik Norlander (+6600)
Had a surprising T-6 finish in the difficult conditions of the Memorial but didn’t finish better than T-23 in the following three events. Missed the cut last year due largely to a particularly poor putting performance.
15. J.B. Holmes (+8000)
Finished ninth in 2018 in his lone appearance at this event. Had three top-20 finishes in his first five events of 2020 but has played just once since play resumed after the midseason pause.
14. Keegan Bradley (+5000)
Tied for 29th at the Northern Trust but was still eliminated from the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Has missed the cut in four of 14 events in 2020, but the former major champ should show well against this competition.
13. Erik Van Rooyen (+3300)
Very strong tee-to-green game and needs only to be adequate with the putter.
12. Doc Redman (+3300)
Debuted at this event with a missed cut last year while gaining 1.04 strokes per round off-the-tee but losing 1.03 strokes putting. Tied for third in a quality field at the Wyndham.
11. Shane Lowry (+3000)
One of the few past major champions in the field. Tied for sixth in the strong field of the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.
10. Joel Dahmen (+2500)
Gained 1.98 strokes per round from tee-to-green and 1.45 around-the-green last year but missed the cut with 2.05 strokes lost putting per round. Tied for 10th in the PGA Championship.
9. Mark Hubbard (+4500)
The best player in the field by the Golfweek/Sagarin world rankings at No. 23. Advanced to the BMW Championship before falling short of the Tour Championship.
8. Chez Reavie (+3300)
Tied for 33rd here each of the last two years following a 13th-place finish in 2017. Shared a T-6 with Lowry at the no-cut WGC event.
7. Brendan Steele (+2200)
Has averaged 1.47 strokes gained per round over 24 career rounds at this venue. Won back-to-back in 2016 and 2017.
6. Harold Varner III (+2500)
Averaged 1.19 SG: Off-the-Tee and 1.54 SG: Tee-to-Green last year while finishing T-17. Finished 14th the year prior and hasn’t missed a cut in his five appearances.
5. Kevin Streelman (+4000)
Has made the cut in seven straight events but hasn’t cracked the top 30 since a runner-up at the Travelers Championship and a T-7 at the Workday Charity Open. Will have better success against the weaker competition.
4. Emiliano Grillo (+3000)
The winner of this event in 2015, Grillo missed the cut for the first time last year. He tied for third at the 3M Open and for ninth at the Barracuda Championship with both against a comparable strength of field.
3. Phil Mickelson (+2000)
Lefty debuted on the PGA Tour Champions with a wire-to-wire victory after his 2019-20 PGA Tour season was cut short. Has averaged 1.60 strokes gained per round over 14 rounds at Silverado Resort. He’s the co-betting favorite in his return to the PGA Tour.
2. Sergio Garcia (+2800)
The former Masters champ is averaging 1.68 SG: Tee-to-Green but losing 0.69 strokes putting per round in 2020. A neutral performance makes him the class of this field in his debut.
1. Si Woo Kim (+2000)
Followed up a T-13 at the PGA Championship with a T-3 at the Wyndham Championship before being eliminated from the FEC Playoffs at The Northern Trust. Opened as this week’s betting favorite before Mickelson was bet down over night.
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