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Safeway Open 2016 Betting Preview

Justin Thomas (ew)Tournament Winner28/1Betfred
Jhonattan Vegas (ew)Tournament Winner66/1Betfred, Coral
Roberto Castro (ew)Tournament Winner60/1Paddy Power


The Safeway Open, formerly known as the the Open, moved to California and the Silverado Country Club two years ago, with the event won by Sang-moon Bae and Emiliano Grillo in its first two years at its new home. The 7,203-yard North Course rewards precision from the tee – wayward shots will fall foul of the sloping, tree-lined narrow fairways that give way to some gnarly rough, while also limiting access to the small, well-guarded greens.


Paul Casey, who was putting together some fine rounds prior to the Ryder Cup, heads the betting at stand-out odds of 14/1 with Betfair, with American Ryder Cup stars Matt Kuchar and Phil Mickelson at 16/1 and 20/1 with Betfred and Ladbrokes respectively. Tiger Woods has withdrawn from a field which is light on big names.


Justin ThomasJUSTIN THOMAS can be one of the stars of the PGA Tour this season and in a weak field he has the quality to get off to a flying start – just as he did when he finished in a share of third here last year before going on to win the second tournament of the season, the CIMB Classic. The 23-year-old finished 12th in the FedEx Cup standings last season and claimed a share of 6th place at the Tour Championship, one of his seven top 10s over the 12-month cycle.

jhonattan-vegasJHONATTAN VEGAS finished last season in fine form, putting together a run of good results after his victory at the Canadian Open in July to reach the Tour Championship He struggled at East Lake, but his season-ending standing of 29th was easily the best of his career and should give him the confidence to begin the new campaign well, particularly as he was in the top 10 at Silverado last October. He looks a great each-way bet at 66/1.

roberto-castroROBERTO CASTRO was one of the more consistent performers on the Tour last season, missing the cut at just one of his last 12 events and earning top three finishes at both the Wells Fargo and BMW Championships. In the process he earned a reputation as one of the straightest drivers around and that should put him in a strong position for this event. Paddy Power are offering the best odds of 60/1 and are offering seven places for each-way bets on this event.

Justin Thomas (ew)Tournament Winner28/1Betfred
Jhonattan Vegas (ew)Tournament Winner66/1Betfred, Coral
Roberto Castro (ew)Tournament Winner60/1Paddy Power