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The Sanderson Farms offered some surprises, particularly in winner Sebastian Munoz. It wouldn’t have been hard to see Sungjae Im getting to the top of the board. Ben An was a good bet. We had some strong plays in our top 10. But it was a funky field.
Now we’re on to the Safeway Open, which features a much deeper field. Plenty of top-50 players to draw from here, and then some young guns to consider, too.
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2019 Safeway Open rankings: Top 10 picks
1. Justin Thomas: Have to love JT committing to this event. He plays well in the fall and winter, and no reason to believe there’s real rust taking a few weeks off after the playoffs.
2. Patrick Cantlay: Cantlay has the California background, and he’s become such a steady player. He fell off hard at the Tour Championship, but we’ll consider that a one-off.
3. Adam Scott: Love him in this field and in this spot. He ended the season brilliantly, including a great playoff run.
4. Kevin Na: Na plays well in this event, and this resort suit his eye. T-14 at Greenbrier after becoming a dad again.
5. Joaquin Niemann: Love Niemann and his trendline, but he has to be somewhat gassed. He’s been playing a ton of golf, and maybe it’s time for a little break.
6. Hideki Matsuyama: Hideki played well in the final two playoff events, and he keeps teasing a longer return to form. Good record here.
7. Collin Morikawa: Morikawa proved he’s clearly better than weak fields, but he’s not as good against better fields. So this feels a reasonably spot — promising but not expecting too much.
8. Bryson DeChambeau: Bryson has not been great this year, just pretty solid. Missed the cut at Greenbrier. But still better than most of this field.
9. Phil Mickelson: I would be remiss if I don’t mention Phil here, who has a good record in the event. But he straight ran out of gas at the end of last season.
10. Bronson Burgoon: Love his run, including the Korn Ferry Tour Finals. Could be a Kevin Tway-type figure.
My primary DraftKings lineup
- Adam Scott – $10,700
- Kevin Na – $9,000
- Bronson Burgoon – $8,000
- Harris English – $7,900
- Nate Lashley – $7,600
- JJ Spaun – $6,800
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