The 2019 Safeway Open is set for Sept. 26-29 at Silverado Resort and Spa North in Napa, Calif. That means it's time to pick your optimal DraftKings fantasy golf lineup. Fortunately, our fantasy golf experts are ready to help.
Here's what our best 2019 Safeway Open lineup looks like in this week's golfer predictions:
Justin Thomas ($11,600)
In a surprisingly strong field that includes Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Hideki Matsuyama and Bryson DeChambeau, JT's the betting favorite in his 2019-20 debut, and for good reason. He was last seen making a spirited run at the FedExCup, earning his 10th career win in taking the BMW before falling a little short at the Tour Championship. His numbers last season were beyond reproach: 1st in birdie average, 5th in scoring, 5th in GIR, 4th in SG: Total. One caveat: He just had a melanoma scare and will be playing with a sewed-up calf.
Brandt Snedeker ($9,600)
Sneds let one get away at the 2018 Safeway. The 54-hole leader at 16-under, Snedeker shot a final-round 74 and lost in a playoff with Kevin Tway and Ryan Moore. Brandt had a nifty little playoff run: T6 at the Northern Trust, T5 at the BMW and T23 at the Tour Championship. The guy's still a short-game wizard — he finished 3rd in SG: Around the Green in 2018-19. His love affair with his Odyssey White Hot XG Rossie putter is now in its 13th year and shows no signs of cooling.
Phil Mickelson ($8,200)
Lefty is riding one of the most impressive (and unsung) streaks in golf history: He's played on every U.S. national team (Ryder and Presidents cups) since 1994. To keep that streak alive, he'll have to catch the attention of Tiger Woods and earn a captain's pick for the December Presidents Cup matches. I suspect that Tiger would love to have Lefty's veteran presence and would take any excuse to pick him — like a solid finish this week. Mickelson has finished T3-8-T17 in his last three Safeway starts.
Kevin Tway ($7,700)
The defending champion doesn't have a whole lot to recommend him other than the fact that he's, you know, the defending champion. Tway dispatched a couple of solid pros — Ryan Moore and Brandt Snedeker — in a playoff at last year's Safeway, joining his dad Bob to become the eighth father-son duo to win on the PGA Tour. From there, it was mostly downhill last season for Tway, but he did make it as far as the BMW in the FedExCup playoffs, finishing T11 for a final ranking of 31st in the Cup standings.
Fred Couples ($6,200)
We're picking with the heart over the head with this one, which is a dangerous habit in fantasy — especially when you're talking about an aging player with a chronically balky back. But when he's teed it up with the potbellied graybeards over on the Champions Tour this year, Freddie's been more than respectable: seven top-12 finishes in 10 starts, including a solo second in mid-August. Finished T41 at the Safeway last year, with a second-round 65.
Tony Romo ($6,000)
We took a flyer on Romo at the AT&T Byron Nelson this summer, and it didn't exactly pan out (76-74, MC). But he's got a little extra incentive to make the weekend this time. He's involved in some delicate contract negotiations with CBS for his NFL duties, and he'd love to remind the suits what they would be missing should he be otherwise occupied this Sunday. Romo won the American Century Championship celebrity event in July, for whatever that's worth.