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Daily Fantasy Golf Picks Preview | PGA Safeway Open 2017

Daily Fantasy Golf Picks Preview | PGA Safeway Open 2017

Formally known as the Frys.com Open from a couple of years ago, we’re at the Safeway Open for the beginning of the fall PGA season. It will also be the rare appearance of Phil Mickelson who will play three fall season events this year. This is his home state and he’s feeling the groove right now.

It’s week 1, a clean slate of sorts for you DFS guys out there. It’s only the fourth time they’ve played at the Silverado Country Club in Napa, California.  Silverado is a beautiful, 7,166 yard, par 72. It’s short, tree lined, with strategic bunkers, big greens and a bit of water. So stay dry my friends.

We’ve only had three years of stats, so it’s a small sample size. The same stats may not hold true this year, but we’re throwing it out there anyway. We think you can be successful here without hitting fairways, but you just need to avoid the trouble. It just seems like most players are able to hit the greens at a very high rate from wherever they were. This then comes down to iron play, and knocking it close to the pin. Due to the length of the course, you were getting many players hitting from 125-150 yards, however, the biggest difference maker is play from 175-200 yards out. So we’ll be focusing on those guys this week. Short players can do well here. Length is not an issue this week. Also, these greens are Poa Annua and we will be looking for those that putt well on them.

So to summarize what we’re looking for. High GIR players from 175 yards plus, as 9 of the 18 shots to the greens will come from these distances, with 4 – 6 shots from 200 yards plus. The remaining shots to the green will be predominantly wedges, so try and find  players who can do both. Not an easy task. Also, we like players that can putt on Poa Annoa greens, so give them a bump. And last but not least, we’ll be looking for players with small sample sizes that skew towards a West Coast bias, in hopes to find a diamond in the rough. 

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