2020 Safeway Open Sleeper Picks: Our Golf Staff’s Favorite Longshot Bets at Silverado
Chris Keane, Getty Images. Pictured: Jhonattan Vegas
- The odds for the Safeway Open suggest this will be a wide open tournament.
- With that in mind, our golf analysts pick their three favorite sleepers at Silverado Country Club.
If you’re someone who likes to bet longshots, this is your week.
After a long two-day offseason, the 2020/21 PGA TOUR campaign is set to begin with the Safeway Open at Silverado Country Club in Napa, Calif.
This field looks very different from the ones we’ve seen over the past month at the PGA Championship and during the FedEx Cup Playoffs. It isn’t every week that you see Phil Mickelson (+2200), Si Woo Kim (+2200) and Brendan Steele (+2200) top the odds as co-favorites.
While some casual fans may lament the lack of starpower at the Safeway, bettors embrace this kind of tournament. It truly could be anybody’s week at Silverado and we could see a big price take down this tournament.
Here are our favorite longshot bets for the 2020 Safeway Open:
Jhonattan Vegas +10000 ($10 bet wins $1,000)
On our weekly Action Network podcast, Peter Jennings and I often speak about the fact that Vegas doesn’t get nearly enough respect in the marketplace for a guy with three career victories.
A big dude who can bust it a long way and owns soft hands around the greens, Vegas owns the look of a player who could/should be a top-30 player in the world, despite the fact that he’s never been higher than 35th and currently checks in at 167th.
Don’t be surprised if he moves up at least 100 spots by the time this upcoming season is over.
Joseph Bramlett +17500
Bramlett is a solid tee-to-green player who struggles with the putter. But things to tend to even out on the greens when we shift to the West Coast for the Stanford grad. His two best finishes this year came at Pebble Beach and the Barracuda, both in California.
He should be pretty comfortable on this course and that could lead to a good week with many of the bigger names prepping for the U.S. Open next week.
Wesley Bryan +11000
After missing two seasons due to a shoulder injury, Wes Bryan seems to be rounding back into his pre-injury form.
In his past three starts, he has finished 24th, 21st, and 31st while making all four cuts since his return to action. Bryan’s weakness is his lack of driving distance, which shouldn’t be too much of an issue at Silverado.
The North course is the third-shortest Par 72 course on TOUR, making it an ideal track for Wes to get back into the winner’s circle. In his past 24 rounds, he ranks 5th in Strokes Gained: Approach. His strong iron play should give him plenty of birdie looks at this week’s Safeway Open.