Safeway Open 2020: Form stats for this week's PGA Tour event at Silverado Country Club

Safeway Open 2020 at Silverado Country Club
Silverado Country Club is approximately 50 miles north of San Francisco
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The new PGA Tour season tees-off this Thursday in Napa Valley, California. Words and stats by Andy Swales...

"And the stats for Silverado are pretty interesting. It appears to be a course where hitting fairways is not as vital as on other layouts. Only two of the top 12 finishers in 2019 found more than 55% of fairways over 72 holes."

After what must be the shortest pre-season in PGA Tour history, the new campaign begins in California on Thursday, with the fifth staging of the Safeway Open.

Less than 72 hours after Dustin Johnson was crowned FedEx Cup champion in Atlanta, the new season opens in Napa Valley.

The season-opening Safeway Open is taking place at Silverado Country Club, a course which first appeared on the PGA Tour schedule during the 1960s.

In recent years it has been a haven for the big hitters. The absent defending champ is Cameron Champ, who topped last year's Driving Distance category on the PGA Tour and is second only to Bryson DeChambeau in 2020.

Before Champ lifted the trophy, Kevin Tway took the honours, following in the footsteps of Brendan Steele who won back-to-back at Silverado in 2016 and 2017. Tway and Steele are no slouches off the tee either, and both are in the field again this week.

And the stats for Silverado are pretty interesting. It appears to be a course where hitting fairways is not as vital as on other layouts.

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Only two of the top 12 finishers in 2019 found more than 55% of fairways over 72 holes. Champ hit 53% but still managed to find 73% of Greens in Regulation. Runner-up Adam Hadwin had figures of 52% (DA) - 80% (GiR).

It was a similar story in 2018, while the tournament average for Driving Accuracy over the past four seasons was around 10% lower than the Tour average.

Over the same four seasons, the tournament average for hitting Greens in Regulation at Silverado was approximately 16-17% higher than for finding its fairways. Make of that what you will.

Course history

Located around 50 miles north-east of San Francisco, and 60 miles west of Sacramento, Silverado is a resort course where the weather remains fairly hot most of the year.

The North Course, on which the tournament is being played, opened for business in 1955 before being re-designed by Robert Trent Jones junior 11 years later.

It underwent another, less rigorous, upgrade less than a decade ago when two-time major winner Johnny Miller added approximately 250 yards to its length, widened a few fairways and repositioned a number of bunkers.

These more recent changes prepared the course for its return to the PGA Tour schedule in October 2014.

The North Course had previously been part of the calendar between 1968 and 1980, when it hosted the Kaiser International Open which later became the Anheuser-Busch Classic.

It is largely a flat, parkland layout, with plenty of trees. The Bent and Poa Annua greens are usually quick and undulating, although water is only an issue on two or three holes.

The majority of those teeing-up failed to reach the latter stages of the recent FedEx Cup Play-Offs.

With the US Open looming next week, the leading group are having a week's break before heading to Winged Foot for the second major championship of 2020.

On the starting line

Those who did play competitively last week were taking part in the Lincoln Land Championship, part of the Korn Ferry Tour.

The busy Si Woo Kim is in action yet again, while Harold Varner might offer some value as he chases a maiden PGA Tour title. Varner's sole professional success came in Australia, nearly four years ago.

The 30-year-old from Ohio played well at Sedgefield in mid-August and has a solid record in the Safeway Open.

Matt Kuchar, who failed to qualify for the Tour Championship, is the 'top seed' and one of only two members of the world's top 40 in attendance.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W36 W35 W34 W33 W32 W31 W30 W29 W28 W27
Matt Kuchar 59 18 MC 25 32 39
Shane Lowry MC 23 66 6 MC 39
Chez Reavie 49 MC 75 6 22 17
Sergio Garcia 66 MC 35 32
Erik van Rooyen 51 20 MC 22 MC
Kevin Streelman 51 61 58 35 54 7
Phil Mickelson MC 71 2 54 58
Joel Dahmen 20 MC 10 20 74 MC
Rafa Cabrera-Bello 37 MC 78 32 MC MC
Jordan Spieth MC 72 71 30 13 MC
Brandt Snedeker MC 42 51 67 MC MC
Si Woo Kim 39 3 13 41 46 18 64 57
Keegan Bradley 29 MC 52 68 39 45
Doc Redman MC 3 29 MC MC 21
Branden Grace MC Wd MC MC MC
Danny Lee 33 18 MC 71 26 Wd MC
Lucas Glover MC MC MC MC 38 21
Nate Lashley MC 77 37 Wd MC MC
Brendan Steele 33 44 22 53 13 52
Andrew Putnam MC MC MC 58 MC
Harold Varner MC 7 29 MC MC 30
Jim Furyk MC MC 48 MC
Scott Piercy 29 69 MC MC 62
Troy Merritt 29 59 MC 2 MC MC 22 8
Mark Hubbard 51 29 15 51 72 Wd 12
JB Holmes Wd
Harry Higgs 56 11 MC MC MC MC 70
Vaughn Taylor MC MC MC
Luke List MC 66 51 32 10 MC 21
Bud Cauley MC 15 37 51 44 MC
CT Pan 69 MC 72 44 48 MC
Xin Jun Zhang MC MC MC 12 10 MC MC
Talor Gooch 65 18 25 MC 18 MC 17 Wd
Charley Hoffman 13 MC 25 MC 7
Tom Hoge 65 MC 27 58 46 MC MC MC
Emiliano Grillo 44 66 9 3 MC MC 39
Carlos Ortiz 25 MC MC MC 48 61
Tyler Duncan 48 29 13 MC 49 68 53
Robby Shelton 59 13 MC 59 3 MC MC
Sepp Straka MC MC 66 18 61 14 8
Henrik Norlander MC 59 23 6 31 12
Brian Stuard MC 51 MC MC MC MC 30
Pat Perez Wd Wd 18 23 39 45
Jhonattan Vegas MC MC MC MC
Sam Burns MC 13 MC 32 17 30
Maverick McNealy 40 61 MC 7 MC MC 8
Wyndham Clark 29 MC MC 35 MC MC Wd
Kristoffer Ventura 15 37 19 MC 8 21
Cameron Tringale 29 Dq 3 MC 30
Denny McCarthy 49 9 58 32 32 58 MC
Scott Brown MC 42 MC MC
Ryan Armour MC 25 MC MC MC 4
Charl Schwartzel MC 58 3 MC MC MC
Will Gordon 27 41 MC MC
Patrick Rodgers 70 66 19 32 18 MC 45
Cameron Davis 29 15 32 12 MC MC
Kyle Stanley MC 12 32 MC MC
Kiradech Aphibarnrat MC
Russell Knox 72 25 MC MC MC
Matthew NeSmith MC 42 57 MC MC MC
Adam Schenk 39 51 12 41 39 30
Scott Stallings MC 42 5 62 58 39
Chase Seiffert MC MC MC MC 4 MC
Aaron Wise MC 8 MC MC MC
Kyoung-Hoon Lee 29 MC 40 66 35 45
Kevin Tway MC 35 MC MC MC
Zack Sucher MC MC 68
Sam Ryder MC MC 21 MC 7 MC
Chesson Hadley 51 17 MC 52 MC
Brice Garnett MC MC 26 MC
Zac Blair MC MC 35 MC MC 57
Fabian Gomez 35 MC 3 MC MC 30
Beau Hossler 49 MC 21 MC MC MC
Joseph Bramlett MC 12 MC MC MC
Scott Harrington 65 MC MC 40 MC 39
Josh Teater 59 MC 56 MC 46 62
Nick Watney MC MC 12 MC
Brian Gay MC MC 41 MC 27 MC
Jason Dufner 31 MC 32 44 56 MC
Bo Hoag MC 42 29 12 62 MC MC
Peter Malnati 20 41 MC 65 MC
Bronson Burgoon MC MC 41 61 MC
Patton Kizzire 51 46 MC MC
Chris Stroud Wd MC Wd 48 30
Hank Lebioda 42 MC 26 MC MC
Roger Sloan 31 41 MC 27 MC
Stewart Cink MC 46 62 17
Wes Roach 15 MC MC MC 18 MC
Aaron Baddeley MC MC 23 MC MC
Kramer Hickok 51 MC 58 MC
Robert Streb MC 5 MC MC MC
Martin Laird 65
Hudson Swafford MC MC MC 30
Kelly Kraft 53
Brandon Hagy MC 12 46 39
Jimmy Walker MC 62 MC MC
Ted Potter MC MC MC MC 66
Cameron Percy Wd 25 MC Wd MC
Peter Uihlein 15 74 MC 35 62 40 MC
Austin Cook 74 53 56 39 39
Ryan Brehm 35 31 54 MC MC MC
Matt Every 59 MC 68 Wd MC
Sebastian Cappelen MC MC MC MC MC
Seamus Power 27 9 MC MC 12
DJ Trahan MC MC MC MC MC
JJ Spaun MC 48 MC 52 30
Mark Anderson MC 32 MC MC 64
Chris Baker 20 53 41 45
Tim Wilkinson MC 41 53 31 MC
Luke Donald MC MC MC 53
Rhein Gibson MC 60 MC MC 45
Rob Oppenheim 15 29 MC MC MC
Vincent Whaley 17 37 MC MC MC
Nelson Ledesma MC MC MC MC MC MC 59 MC
Ben Martin 24 15 59 MC MC 9 MC
Shawn Stefani MC MC MC MC
Jonathan Byrd MC MC MC 12
Grayson Murray MC Wd MC
KJ Choi 61 MC
Tyler McCumber MC 29 Wd MC MC
Martin Trainer MC MC MC MC MC
Michael Gligic 67 59 25 26 MC MC
Michael Gellerman MC 61 46 45
Doug Ghim MC 48 18 MC
James Hahn MC MC
Johnson Wagner MC MC 57
David Hearn MC 48 MC MC MC
Roberto Castro 21 MC MC
Bill Haas MC MC 58 MC
Kevin Chappell 62
Rafael Campos
Dominic Bozzelli MC MC Wd MC MC
Anirban Lahiri MC
George McNeill MC 64 39
Wesley Bryan 31 40 21
Bryson Nimmer
Sangmoon Bae 42 MC 44 MC 35 MC 58 MC MC
Ben Taylor MC MC MC 70 MC
Ryan Blaum MC MC MC MC
Alex Cejka 61 46 MC MC
Jamie Lovemark MC MC MC
Sean O`Hair Wd 69
Jim Knous MC MC 65 MC 35
Derek Ernst 42 MC MC MC MC MC 5 12 10
John Huh
Chad Campbell MC MC
Hunter Mahan MC MC
Camilo Villegas 36 58
Isaiah Salinda MC
Arjun Atwal MC 53 53 45
Ricky Barnes MC MC MC
Michael Kim MC Wd MC MC MC
John Senden MC MC MC MC
DA Points MC MC
William McGirt MC 68 MC
Graham DeLaet
Bo Van Pelt MC MC 65 Wd 68
Akshay Bhatia MC
Sahith Theegala 41 MC MC
Peter Kuest 65 MC MC MC
Player 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
Matt Kuchar MC 21
Shane Lowry
Chez Reavie 33 33 13 22 17 53
Sergio Garcia
Erik van Rooyen
Kevin Streelman MC 25 13 MC 41 MC
Phil Mickelson MC 17 3 8
Joel Dahmen MC 46 MC
Rafa Cabrera-Bello
Jordan Spieth
Brandt Snedeker 17 2 17 57
Si Woo Kim 49 MC
Keegan Bradley MC 22
Doc Redman MC
Branden Grace
Danny Lee MC 10 50 46
Lucas Glover MC 17 30 MC 17 MC
Nate Lashley MC 17 MC
Brendan Steele 60 53 1 1 17 21
Andrew Putnam 30 MC
Harold Varner 17 14 59 15 48
Jim Furyk 17
Scott Piercy 67 MC 17 3 MC
Troy Merritt MC 4 69 15 MC MC
Mark Hubbard 13 MC 30 53
JB Holmes 9
Harry Higgs 23
Vaughn Taylor 60 MC* MC 15
Luke List MC 4 37 26
Bud Cauley 44 46 7 50
CT Pan MC MC
Xin Jun Zhang 7 37
Talor Gooch 56 54
Charley Hoffman MC MC
Tom Hoge MC 17 37 MC MC
Emiliano Grillo MC 41 28 26 1
Carlos Ortiz 40 53 32 57
Tyler Duncan 56 69 5
Robby Shelton 52
Sepp Straka MC 46
Henrik Norlander MC 64
Brian Stuard 17 53 62 MC MC
Pat Perez MC MC MC
Jhonattan Vegas 56 53 MC 10 MC
Sam Burns MC
Maverick McNealy 52 63 52
Wyndham Clark MC 33
Kristoffer Ventura 62
Cameron Tringale 44 46 43 MC 64 26
Denny McCarthy MC MC
Scott Brown MC MC 62 MC 12
Ryan Armour MC MC MC
Charl Schwartzel 6
Will Gordon
Patrick Rodgers 44 25 43 MC 6 MC
Cameron Davis MC 17
Kyle Stanley MC 22
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
Russell Knox MC MC 68
Matthew NeSmith MC
Adam Schenk MC 14 MC
Scott Stallings MC MC MC 21
Chase Seiffert MC
Aaron Wise MC MC
Kyoung-Hoon Lee MC MC
Kevin Tway MC 1 52 62
Zack Sucher MC MC
Sam Ryder MC 4 MC
Chesson Hadley 23 MC 3 MC 57
Brice Garnett 23 17 46
Zac Blair 4 30 62 MC 12
Fabian Gomez 56 63 43 26 17
Beau Hossler MC MC 74
Joseph Bramlett 35
Scott Harrington 23
Josh Teater MC*
Nick Watney 10 MC 35 64
Brian Gay 23 MC
Jason Dufner MC MC
Bo Hoag 44
Peter Malnati MC 25 30 35 MC
Bronson Burgoon MC 53 17 MC
Patton Kizzire MC MC 2
Chris Stroud MC MC MC 10 MC
Hank Lebioda 44 MC
Roger Sloan 13 60
Stewart Cink MC
Wes Roach MC MC
Aaron Baddeley 33 4 MC 67 55 31
Kramer Hickok MC
Robert Streb MC MC MC MC 31
Martin Laird MC 46 17 8 64 3
Hudson Swafford 69 62 17 8
Kelly Kraft MC 69 MC MC
Brandon Hagy MC MC 35
Jimmy Walker 63
Ted Potter MC 28
Cameron Percy 7 26
Peter Uihlein MC MC
Austin Cook MC
Ryan Brehm MC 69
Matt Every MC MC MC Wd
Sebastian Cappelen MC
Seamus Power MC MC MC
DJ Trahan
JJ Spaun MC 41 MC 55
Mark Anderson MC MC
Chris Baker MC
Tim Wilkinson 65
Luke Donald
Rhein Gibson 33 MC
Rob Oppenheim 52 MC
Vincent Whaley MC
Nelson Ledesma MC
Ben Martin MC 17 MC MC
Shawn Stefani MC 65 MC 53
Jonathan Byrd MC*
Grayson Murray MC 41 9 MC
KJ Choi MC
Tyler McCumber 66 25
Martin Trainer MC 60
Michael Gligic 49
Michael Gellerman MC
Doug Ghim
James Hahn MC* MC 41 MC
Johnson Wagner 25 MC 3 48
David Hearn 52 MC* 54 MC MC 68
Roberto Castro 53 35 69
Bill Haas 10 17 20
Kevin Chappell 40 MC MC
Rafael Campos 33
Dominic Bozzelli MC MC 35
Anirban Lahiri MC MC
George McNeill MC MC MC
Wesley Bryan MC 55
Bryson Nimmer
Sangmoon Bae MC MC MC Won
Ben Taylor MC
Ryan Blaum 33 MC 26
Alex Cejka MC MC
Jamie Lovemark MC MC 43 20 48
Sean O`Hair MC 26 Wd
Jim Knous 10
Derek Ernst 57
John Huh MC MC MC 35 MC MC
Chad Campbell MC 68 57 MC 39
Hunter Mahan 17 13 MC 32 3
Camilo Villegas 73 MC
Isaiah Salinda 33
Arjun Atwal
Ricky Barnes 62 69 MC 57 MC MC
Michael Kim MC 73 MC 3 61
John Senden MC* 35 MC
DA Points MC MC MC
William McGirt 30 Wd
Graham DeLaet 5 MC 32 39
Bo Van Pelt 62 65
Akshay Bhatia MC
Sahith Theegala
Peter Kuest

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