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Safeway Open tips, rankings and key insights

Safeway Open top 10 vs field rankings
(est. fair odds to 100%)

1. Justin Thomas 10/1 Free £20 matched bet
2. Patrick Cantlay 12/1 Free £20 matched bet
3. Hideki Matsuyama 14/1
4. Sungjae Im 20/1
5. Byeong Hun an 20/1
6. Bryson De Chambeau 22/1
7. Collin Morikawa 25/1
8. Brandt Snedeker 25/1
9. Kevin Na 28/1
10. Ryan Moore 28/1


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Course: Silverado Resort (North), par 72 7,166 yards

Key features: Old school, treelined, parkland track. Dense, "muggy" air. Narrow tricky greens. Aesthetically similar to Augusta (Lush green, with white sands) - according to course redesigner and resort owner Johnny Miller

Premium on: Strokes gained tee to green, distance control, strokes gained approach (or proximity)

He said: "The air is like mud in this part of the States so the course plays longer than it looks" - Miller

Course specialists: Brendan Steele who has back to back wins @ 90.00 here Ryan Moore

Safeway Open tips

Betfair sportsbook are paying 1/5 8 places EW on the Safeway Open and Dunhill Links (click link)

Sungjae Im 22/1 ew is the obvious play here and he's a decent price because of the bigger names returning. Players like Justin Thomas and Bryson will be rusty though and may be worth taking on. Sungjae's form of 2 - 19 - 15, having lost in playoff last week, is the form man in the field. He finished 33rd in SG: tee to greens last season. He will win soon, very possibly at Silverado.

Byeong Hun An 28/1 ew was 6th in strokes gained tee to green last week on a course requiring similar attributes. He finished 7th in the same stat last season. Showing progressive 47-3 form, An's tee to green game should stand him in good stead around Silverado where I expect the leaderboard to have a similar look.

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