The 2020-21 season kicks off in Napa
The 2020 Safeway Open is set for Sept. 10-13 at Silverado Resort and Spa North in Napa, California. 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 Safeway Open lineup looks like in this week's golfer predictions:
Phil Mickelson ($10,600)
A marathon 50-event 2020-21 season featuring six majors kicks off in Napa with this U.S. Open warmup. That bizarre sentence sums up the state of golf in the COVID-19 era, but, hey — at least they're playing. This is Phil's final tune-up prior to the tournament he wants most, a U.S. Open that for the first time will be contested in September. It's at Winged Foot, site of Lefty's most crushing Open defeat, where his double bogey on the 72nd hole left him one shot out of a playoff. Mickelson's intensive rehearsals for his Winged Foot return included a dominant performance in his Champions Tour debut — a four-shot win at the Charles Schwab Series at Ozarks National, where his 22-under 191 tied the Tour's three-round scoring record. And he's more than a relic clinging to past glory: Phil finished T2 at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude just over a month ago.
Jordan Spieth ($9,800)
It was another frustrating season for the three-time major winner, whose last win came at the 2017 British Open. He's fallen to No. 69 in the World Ranking, his tee-to-green game a mere shadow of what it once was. But that hasn't stopped Spieth from grinding, and there were hopeful signs in 2019-20: only three missed cuts in 17 events, and a ranking of 19th in SG: Around-the-Green. It's in there; he just has to keep digging.
Charl Schwartzel ($7,800)
Schwartzel's 2019-20 season featured a parade of MCs interrupted by an occasional flash of brilliance — a T3 at the 3M Open and a T5 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. As with others on the list, the 2011 Masters champion can use this week against a middling field as a confidence booster and springboard to better things.
Jim Furyk ($7,700)
Like Phil, Furyk is a Champions-eligible legend who still has some relevant golf to play with the under-50 set. An otherwise mediocre season included these statistical gems: 1st in Driving Accuracy and 1st in GIR. That remarkable level of precision will earn him some big Champions checks, but first things first: showing the kids that he still knows his way around. He finished T17 here last year with four rounds under par.
Charley Hoffman ($7,500)
The Hoff specializes in out-of-nowhere contention, and he's overdue for just such a performance. He did finish T13 at The Northern Trust in his most recent outing, and he still makes a lot of birdies (13th in Birdie Average with 4.22 in 2019-20).
Zac Blair ($6,400)
It was a lost season for Blair, who missed the cut in almost half his appearances, but the Safeway offers a fresh start and was the scene of his best performance of the 2019-20 season — a T4 despite an opening-round 75. He did his best work early last season, with five top-30 finishes by early February. He's worth a cheap flyer.