The Safeway Open is upon us, as the 2016-17 PGA TOUR season kicks off in Napa, California. That means it is time for the first one-and-done of the new season.
I set my sights on Kevin Na from the outset. While this is just the third time Silverado Resort & Spa (North) has severed as the host course, Na was the playoff loser in here last year. By all standards, Na would be a very safe pick to start things off. He's also a guy that I wouldn't necessarily miss in big-money events later in the season.
The other idea was to take a hot up-and-comer off the Web.com Tour and hope that they could ride the wave before they realize they aren't still on the Web.com Tour. Grayson Murray fits that bill.
When I checked the weather, it looks like the best scoring conditions of the week could be Thursday morning, with wind picking up Thursday PM and a heavy chance of rain on Friday and Saturday. That proved to be the tie breaker for me, as I'll take a trusted veteran who has a Thursday AM tee time and the patience to handle potential weather delays and other issues.
Let's go, Kevin Na!