Safeway Open: Steele stays hot, Hadley goes low

Safeway Open: Steele stays hot, Hadley goes low article feature image

Brendan Steele didn’t keep his lead, but remains the favorite in Napa.

Steele is 12-under at the halfway point and sits at +250 to win the tournament.


Even though Steele is at the top of the betting board, it’s rookie Tyler Duncan who leads the tournament at 13-under. Duncan comes in at +700 in just his second PGA tour start.

Friday went a lot better for our plays. Chesson Hadley shot a course-record 61 to get to 11-under and is two back heading into the weekend. Hadley has dropped from his 50-1 pre-tournament odds to +800.

Friday’s three-ball lines didn’t set up the way I anticipated. Ollie Schniederjans never had a number posted, so I ended up posting three plays on Twitter.

The plays did well with Ben Martin and Whee Kim winning their groups to cash +250 tickets. The 2-1 record was good enough to come out four units ahead.

There are a bunch of head to heads I’ll be targeting on Saturday. The odds aren’t out, but I’ll be looking at a Steele over Duncan/Chez Reavie over Brian Davis parlay. I also like Scott Brown over Beau Hossler, Luke List over Steve Wheatcroft, Jonas Blixt over Chris Kirk, Brian Stuard over Zach Johnson and Scott Piercy over Nick Taylor. All fit the mold of fading a hot putter or backing a cold putter that I like to target in these round to round scenarios.

I’ll have my full card up on Twitter when the odds are posted later tonight.

Joshua has spent the last five years writing about sports and the last 10 years betting them, mostly on golf. He’s one of approximately five people who will watch the PGA over the NFL in November. Follow him on Twitter @JoshuaPerry22

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