Safeway Open

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Safeway Open
Tournament information
Location Napa, California
Established 2007, ten years ago
Course(s) Silverado Country Club,
North course
Par 72
Length 7,203 yards (6,586 m)
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund $6.0 million
Month played October
Tournament record score
Aggregate 262 Cameron Beckman (2008)
262 Kevin Sutherland (2008)
262 Troy Matteson (2009)
262 Rickie Fowler (2009)
262 Jamie Lovemark (2009)
To par −18 as above
−18 Brendan Steele (2016)
Current champion
United States Brendan Steele
SilveradoCountry Club is located in the US
SilveradoCountry Club
Silverado
Country Club
Location in the United States
SilveradoCountry Club is located in California
SilveradoCountry Club
Silverado
Country Club
Location in California

The Safeway Open is a professional golf tournament, part of the PGA Tour. It was first staged in 2007 as the Fry's Electronics Open at Grayhawk Golf Club's Raptor Course in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was renamed to the Frys.com Open in 2008, and moved to California in 2010, at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin. In October 2014, part of the PGA Tour's 2015 season, the tournament moved to the North course of Silverado Country Club in Napa.[1] The purse was $5 million for the tournament's first seven years and was raised to $6 million for the 2015 season.

Beginning with the October 2016 tournament, part of the PGA Tour's 2017 season, the primary sponsor is Safeway Inc., and the tournament has been renamed the Safeway Open.[2] The tournament will continue at Silverado through 2020, with Safeway sponsorship.[3]

History[edit]

Silverado's North Course hosted an annual event on the PGA Tour from 1968 through 1980, the first nine editions as the Kaiser International Open Invitational. In 1977, that event was renamed the Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic and in 1981 it moved east to Kingsmill in Williamsburg, Virginia, where it was played through 2002.

The Frys.com Open began as a PGA Tour Fall Series event, from 2007 through 2012. Starting in October 2013, when the PGA Tour changed its "year" to begin in October, rather than January, the tournament became the opening event of the PGA Tour season, and FedEx Cup points were awarded to players.[4]

In 2013, tournament organizers had a long-term goal to stage the event at The Institute Golf Course in Morgan Hill, California, a course owned by John Fry when facilities were completed there.[5] That was expected in 2016 or 2017,[6] but did not happen because of the change of sponsorship to Safeway.

The inaugural event in 2007, at Grayhawk Golf Club's Raptor Course in Scottsdale, Arizona, was won by Canadian Mike Weir by one stroke over Mark Hensby. In 2008 the event was won by Cameron Beckman on the second playoff hole, when he parred it and Kevin Sutherland bogeyed it. In 2009, Troy Matteson set a PGA Tour 36-hole record by shooting 61-61=122 in the second and third rounds,[7] and then won the tournament in a three-man playoff against Rickie Fowler and Jamie Lovemark. At CordeValle in San Martin in 2012, John Mallinger shot a 62, matching the course record and his PGA Tour best round.[8]

Other notable players who have participated in the tournament include Ernie Els, David Duval, and Tiger Woods. Woods committed to play in the 2011 tournament as a condition for being selected by Fred Couples as one of two captain's pick for the United States team in the 2011 Presidents Cup, which took place in mid-November 2011. In mid-September 2015, Woods again committed to play in the October tournament,[9] but one week later he had back surgery, and missed the entire 2016 PGA Tour season.[10] However, he announced on September 7, 2016 of his intention to play in the 2017 season tournament,[11] but opted out days before.

Winners[edit]

Year Season Player Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share ($)
Purse ($)
Safeway Open
2016 2017 Brendan Steele  United States 270 −18 1 stroke United States Patton Kizzire 1,080,000 6,000,000
Frys.com Open
2015 2016 Emiliano Grillo  Argentina 273 −15 Playoff United States Kevin Na 1,080,000 6,000,000
2014 2015 Bae Sang-moon  South Korea 273 −15 2 strokes Australia Steven Bowditch 1,080,000 6,000,000
2013 2014 Jimmy Walker  United States 267 −17 2 strokes Fiji Vijay Singh 900,000 5,000,000
2012 Jonas Blixt  Sweden 268 −16 1 stroke United States Jason Kokrak
United States Tim Petrovic
900,000 5,000,000
2011 Bryce Molder  United States 267 −17 Playoff United States Briny Baird 900,000 5,000,000
2010 Rocco Mediate  United States 269 −15 1 stroke United States Alex Prugh
United States Bo Van Pelt
900,000 5,000,000
2009 Troy Matteson  United States 262 −18 Playoff United States Rickie Fowler
United States Jamie Lovemark
900,000 5,000,000
2008 Cameron Beckman  United States 262 −18 Playoff United States Kevin Sutherland 900,000 5,000,000
Fry's Electronics Open
2007 Mike Weir  Canada 266 −14 1 stroke Australia Mark Hensby 900,000 5,000,000

Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.

References[edit]

  1. ^ James, Marty (July 4, 2013). "Silverado Country Club to host PGA Tour event". Napa Valley Register. 
  2. ^ Steward, Carl (October 18, 2015). "PGA Tour: Big shake-up at Frys.com Open". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved October 19, 2015. 
  3. ^ James, Marty (October 18, 2015). "PGA Tour will return to Napa next year as Safeway Open". Napa Valley Register. Retrieved October 19, 2015. 
  4. ^ Pollak, David (October 14, 2012). "Frys.com Open golf notebook: Attendance down, but tournament president Duke Butler optimistic about event's future". Contra Costa Times. 
  5. ^ James, Marty (July 14, 2013). "PGA Tour event will put spotlight on Silverado". Napa Valley Register. 
  6. ^ Kroichick, Ron (October 7, 2014). "The story behind Silverado's return starts with Johnny Miller". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved October 19, 2015. 
  7. ^ Kelley, Brent. "Lowest Stroke Total in Back-to-Back Rounds on the PGA Tour". About.com. Retrieved January 16, 2015. 
  8. ^ "John Mallinger ties course record with 62, leads Frys.com Open by four after 36 holes". PGA of America. Associated Press. October 12, 2012. Retrieved July 28, 2016. 
  9. ^ Harig, Bob (September 11, 2016). "Tiger makes Frys.com Open appearance official". ESPN. Retrieved July 28, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Tiger Woods has 2nd back surgery, won't return until 2016". Golf News Net. September 18, 2015. Retrieved July 28, 2016. 
  11. ^ Ross, Helen (September 7, 2016). "Tiger Woods hopes to play 2016-17 season opener". PGA Tour. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 38°20′56″N 122°15′50″W / 38.349°N 122.264°W / 38.349; -122.264