2018 Safeway Open Preview
Posted on September 30 2018
The 2018-2019 wraparound season kicks off this week at the Safeway Open in Napa, California. Brendan Steele is currently the two-time defending champion, emerging victorious by two strokes over Tony Finau. The path to three straight will be against a tough field, which includes former Safeway Open Champions Emiliano Grillo and Sangmoon Bae. Other notables include California native and Hall-of-Famer Phil Mickelson, PGA Tour: Champions stars Fred Couples and John Daly, and six-time PGA Tour winner Hunter Mahan.
Silverado Country Club will host this event for the fifth straight season. Having opened in 1955, it began hosting PGA Tour events in 1968 and has been a favorite amongst players on both the PGA Tour and PGA Tour Champions.
Players to Watch:
Denny McCarthy: This is not a name you probably have heard of, but after winning the 2018 Web.com Tour Championship, he earned full status for the upcoming season. Be on the lookout for this incredible young talent.
Chesson Hadley: His third place finish in the Safeway Open last year spearheaded what was his best PGA Tour season to date. This could be the week he breaks the four-year winless drought.