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Last year, the California based Fortinet, who develop and sell cybersecurity solutions, took over sponsorship of the PGA Tour season opener. The former Safeway Open is now contested as the Fortinet Championship.

The Fortinet Championship was first staged in 2007 as the Fry’s Electronics Open at Grayhawk’s Raptor Course in Scottsdale, Arizona.

In 2014 the tournament moved to the North Course at Silverado Country Club in Napa, California.

The event was a PGA Tour Fall Series tournament up until 2012. However in October 2013, when the PGA Tour changed its “year” to begin in October, the tournament became the opening event of the PGA Tour season.

Course Overview

The original course at Silverado opened in 1955 and is now known as the North Course. In 1966, it was re-designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and the South Course was added.

The North Course has played host to several PGA Tour events including the Kaiser International Open Invitational from 1968 through 1976 and the Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic from 1977 through 1980.

Johnny Miller, who co-owns Silverado, also redesigned it in 2011. In the process he removed bunkers, widened fairways and replaced the kikuyu grass with rye and bluegrass. He created a challenge that caters to the resort player but with greens that can run at tournament speed.

“If you have great golf, you usually do pretty good”

Johnny Miller

Silverado North Course Scorecard

Silverado is a standard-issue Par 72 that measures 7,123 yards. With a Par 5-4-5 finish the slightest of leads won’t be safe and makes for an exciting finish.

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Korn Ferry Tour Graduates

One of the more intriguing aspects to this week’s PGA Tour season opener, is how the Korn Ferry Tour graduates adjust to their new surroundings.

The following are the 25 graduates making the transition to the top tier of golf.

1Carl Yuan11MJ Daffue21Harrison Endycott
2Robby Shelton12Seonghyeon Kim22Trevor Cone
3Paul Haley II13Byeong Hun An23Vincent Norrman
4Zecheng Dou14Davis Thompson24Kevin Roy
5Taylor Montgomery15Erik Barnes25Anders Albertson
6Augusto Núñez16Trevor Werbylo
7Justin Suh17Harry Hall
8Ben Griffin18Tyson Alexander
9Ben Taylor19Michael Kim
10Brandon Matthews20Kevin Yu

2017 Safeway Open | Brendan Steele

Winning Score -15 (273)

In 2017, Brendan Steele shot a final round -3(69) to finish on -15(273) and win the Safeway Open for a second year in succession. He began the final round two shots off the lead, but five birdies in the first 14 holes helped him to a two stroke victory over Tony Finau.

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Brendan Steele
SG Category
Strokes GainedFinishing Position
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The success of Steele’s title defense can be attributed to his stellar game tee-to-green. He finished 1st in the Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green category, gaining an impressive 12.239 strokes over the four rounds. This accounted for 85% of his overall strokes gained for the tournament. His play from the tee and on approach was a ball-striking masterclass. Other statistics for the week include 1st for Driving Distance, T3 for Driving Accuracy, 4th for GIR and 60th for Putts per GIR.

2018 Safeway Open | Kevin Tway

Winning Score -14 (274)

In 2018, a 30 year old Kevin Tway earned his first PGA Tour victory after defeating Brandt Snedeker and Ryan Moore in a playoff. The son of former Tour player Bob Tway, carded a final -1(71) for a total -14(274) to edge into the playoff. Kevin and Bob are the 10th father-son duo to record PGA Tour victories.

“It’s been a long road but this is why you work hard. Finally got here and it feels amazing”

Kevin Tway
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Kevin Tway
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Strokes GainedFinishing Position
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Almost three quarters of Kevin Tway’s shots gained came in the Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green category. All aspects of his game tee-to-green was on point in particular around-the-green. He finished in the Top 10 in the Strokes Gained Around-The-Green (3.903) stat. Other performance indicators for the week include 14th for Driving Distance, T40 for Driving Accuracy, T18 for GIR and T22 for Putts per GIR.

2019 Safeway Open | Cameron Champ

Winning Score -17 (271)

Cameron Champ emerged victorious in the 2019 edition of the Safeway Open for his second PGA Tour title. It was his second win in 33 starts having previously won the Sanderson’s Farm Championship. He closed with a final round -3 (69) which included a Birdie on the final hole to finish one stroke ahead of Adam Hadwin.

“If I win no more tournaments or 10 more tournaments, this will be the greatest win of my golfing career for sure”

Cameron Champ

It was an emotional win for Champ who dedicated the win to his grandfather who is suffering from cancer.

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Cameron Champ
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Champ’s game tee-to-green laid the foundation for his victory. He topped the pile in the Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green category for the week. Tee-to-green he gained just over 11.5 strokes or 83.51% of his overall gain. In particular he drove the ball long and well finishing 1st in the Strokes Gained Off-The-Tee (6.696). He also finished 4th for Birdies racking up a total of 21. Other stats for the week include T21 for Driving Accuracy, 1st for Driving Distance, T10 for GIR and 38th for Putts per GIR.

2020 Safeway Open | Stewart Cink

Winning Score -21 (267)

In 2020, 47 year old Stewart Cink won the Safeway Open for his 7th PGA Tour victory. It was his first win since the British Open Championship in 2009. He finished -21 (267) for the tournament, two strokes clear of his nearest rival Harry Higgs.

Cink paid tribute to the help he received from his son and caddie Reagan in winning the tournament.

“He knows the game in and out like a PGA Tour player himself and he did a great job keeping me positive and keeping me loose out there and we just had a really great time from the get-go.”

Stewart Cink
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Stewart Cink
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Strokes GainedFinishing Position
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Like with previous years, the foundation for Cink’s victory was in his tee-to-green game. He finished 3rd in Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green which translated to a gain of 9.212 strokes. In particular, his game on approach was sharp finishing the week 8th in Strokes Gained Approach-The-Green. He also finished T5 for Birdies racking up a total of 23. Other stats for the week include T51 for Driving Accuracy, 17th for Driving Distance, 1st for GIR and 76th for Putts per GIR.

2021 Safeway Open | Max Homa

Winning Score -19 (269)

Last year, Max Homa closed with a final round -7 (65) for a -19 (269) total to win last year’s season opener. It was enough for a one-stroke victory over Canadian, Maverick McNeally. The Fortinet Championship victory was the California native’s third PGA Tour victory.

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Max Homa
SG Category
Strokes GainedFinishing Position
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Like with previous winners, the key to Homa’s victory was in his tee-to-green game. His ball-striking was dialed-in, underlined by his 2nd place finish in Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green for the week. This translated to a gain of 10.540 strokes or almost three-quarters of his overall gain for the tournament. He also finished T1 for Birdies racking up a total of 24. Other stats for the week include T15 for Driving Accuracy, T41 for Driving Distance, T27 for GIR and 14th in Strokes Gained Putting.

Fortinet Championship Winning Formula

The following table details the Average Strokes Gained in each of the key strokes gained categories for the past five champions of the Fortinet Championship.

Last 5 Champions
Strokes Gained Category
Average Strokes GainedAverage Finishing
Position SG Category

Graphing the above Average Strokes Gained gives a visual check on the likely key areas required for success at this week’s Fortinet Championship.

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Fortinet Championship Tips

Corey Conners golf betting tips

Corey Conners 18/1 (E/W) – this will be his fourth time teeing it up at the Fortinet Championship. His best result around the North Course at Silverado is a T13 on his last visit in 2019. Last season, the Canadian had four Top 10’s among twelve Top 25 finishes. One of only a few in this week’s field who made it all the way to the season ending Tour Championship. The ball-striking-machine places 2nd in this week’s Stats Analysis (based on last season’s stats). Should be one of the main protagonists this week based on field-depth and skill-set. Perfect week to add to his only other victory on Tour, the 2019 Valero Texas Open.

Justin Suh golf betting tips

Justin Suh 50/1 (E/W) – finished T58 in last year’s edition of the Fortinet Championship, teeing it up as a Monday Qualifier. One of The 25 from the Korn Ferry Tour earning his PGA Tour card for this season. He had six Top 10’s in his last seven starts on the Korn Ferry Tour including a victory in the KFT Championship a few weeks back. His stats are impressive, ending the season 5th in both GIR and Ball-Striking and 2nd in Scoring Average. With game and confidence in a good place coupled with previous experience playing at the top level makes for a good mix. All things considered, good each way value.

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