The PGA Tour continues its early season with a return to Napa Valley, California for the Safeway Open. Running from September 26-29, the tournament brings some heavy hitters to the Silverado Resort & Spa’s North Course. Phil Mickelson, Francesco Molinari and Justin Thomas will all play their first PGA Tour events of the season when they tee off this Thursday as the PGA Tour's newly expanded season enters its stride.
The Safeway Open began in 2007 as a Fall Series event, before a change in schedule made the tournament the PGA Tour’s opening event from 2013-2018. With another schedule change for 2019-2020 season, the tournament now sits third in the pecking order. The tournament has a number of notable former champions, including Emiliano Grillo, Jimmy Walker, Rocco Mediate and Mike Weir. Brendan Steele is the only repeat winner, taking back-to-back titles in 2016-2017. Steel also holds the lowest score relative to par with his -18 win in 2016. Last year’s winner was Kevin Tway, defeating both Ryan Moore and Brandt Snedeker in a playoff. Tway’s win was also notable as it made him and father Bob the 8th father-son pair to win on the PGA Tour.
The ticket options for the Safeway Open are simple with daily tickets costing an even $45. A 5-day ticket encompassing both Wednesday's celebrity Pro-Am and all 4 rounds of tournament play is $115. These tickets include grounds access as well as entry into the Safeway Food & Wine Pavillion. This venue is a 25,000 square foot climate controlled tent complete with viewing decks, multiple food options and a full service bar. In addition, fans will have access to the Spirits Lounge on the 17th hole, the Brew Loft on the 11th, and Beers Fore Birdies on the 16th green. Ticket-holders also have free admission to the Safeway Open concert Series featuring Jake Owen, Bad Company, and Rob Thomas.
Television coverage is provided exclusively by the Golf Channel. The coverage on Thursday and Friday is from 5-9pm ET, while Saturday and Sunday coverage is presented 6-9pm ET. The tournament is also streaming on PGA Tour Live with coverage of select groups. Radio coverage is provided by PGA Tour Radio on SiriusXM and PGATour.com/liveaudio.