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The ultimate wraparound PGA Tour season begins this week in Napa Valley for the Fortinet Championship.

Rory McIlroy received the FedEx Cup three weeks in the past to conclude the 2021-2022 season. This week, McIlroy, off a runner-up final week in Wentworth to Shane Lowry for the BMW PGA Championship, is sticking round for one more week on the DP World Tour to play the Italian Open at Marco Simone, subsequent yr’s Ryder Cup venue, together with fellow crew members Matt Fitzpatrick, Tyrrell Hatton and Viktor Hovland. Most of the high American gamers are additionally not on this week’s area with the Presidents Cup going down subsequent week at Quail Hole in Charlotte.

One member of Group USA’s Presidents Cup crew is right here, defending Fortinet champion Max Homa (15-1). The Worldwide Presidents Cup crew is slightly higher represented with Hideki Matsuyama (16-1), Corey Conners (18-1), Taylor Pendrith (30-1) and Cam Davis (33-1).

Tom Hoge (50-1) and Harris English (150-1), who missed most of 2022 recovering from hip surgical procedure, are each ranked within the OWGR High 50.

Maverick McNealy (30-1) was the runner-up right here final yr to Homa. Sahith Theegala (33-1) additionally had a few shut requires his first PGA TOUR victory final season in Phoenix and on the Vacationers, as did Davis Riley (35-1) on the Valspar and the Charles Schwab.

Emiliano Grillo (40-1) and Brendan Steele (50-1) are each former Fortinet champions. 

The Occasion

The Fortinet Championship marks the primary PGA TOUR Occasion for the 2022-2023 season, which is meant to be the final wraparound PGA TOUR season as they appear to return to a calendar yr schedule in 2024. This occasion started in 2007 and moved to its present location in Napa for the 2014 event. Whereas the sector high quality is down attributable to quite a lot of potential schedule conflicts, together with having a tricky date on the schedule instantly previous the Presidents Cup, a number of European gamers electing to play on the Italian Open (being performed at Marco Simone, subsequent yr’s Ryder Cup venue) and LIV Golf occasion in Chicago. Nonetheless, that is nonetheless an necessary occasion to many gamers that pays out full FedEx Cup factors and offers all of the perks for the event winner (Masters invitation, 2-year PGA Tour exemption, and so on, and so on). This offers gamers a chance to earn all these perks in opposition to a weaker area, plus permits all the brand new PGA Tour members from the Korn Ferry Tour to get their toes moist on the massive tour. Cybersecurity firm Fortinet, based mostly in close by Sunnyvale, California, took over final yr from retail grocer Safeway, Inc (2016-2020) because the title sponsor. 

The Course

The Silverado Nation Membership’s North Course in Napa, California, has hosted right here since 2014. The course’s first main re-design occurred in 1966 by Robert Trent Jones Jr. after which once more in 2011 by Johnny Miller. It performs a Par 72 of seven,123 yards. The fairways are narrower (sixth narrowest on Tour) than tour common (27 yards broad on common). Miller needed to re-configure the bunkering on this course to create a little bit of an “Augusta” sort really feel. A robust, balanced sport off the tee (each distance and accuracy) is required right here as a result of the three” Bluegrass/Ryegrass Tough will be difficult.

Though there’s some rolling terrain and a few holes with elevation adjustments, it’s predominantly a flat course. With solely two holes with water hazards in play (seventh fewest) and solely 50 bunkers (sixth fewest) on the course, there simply aren’t that some ways for golfers to attain bogey or worse.

Gamers can be hitting into Bentgrass/Poa Annua (11.5 stimpmeter) which might be elevated with shaved run-offs and will be bumpy. Seven years is just not an enormous pattern measurement, however west coast gamers have fared comparatively effectively on these Bent/Poa greens with Max Homa, Cameron Champ and Brendan Steele, all California guys, profitable right here lately.

Comparable programs embody Detroit Golf Membership, TPC River Highlands, TPC Twin Cities, Pebble Seashore, TPC Scottsdale.

Current Historical past/Winners

2021: Max Homa (-19/269); 60-1

2020: Stewart Cink (-21/267); 200-1
2019: Cameron Champ (-17/271); 150-1
2018: Kevin Tway (-14/274); 66-1*
2017: Brendan Steele (-15/273); 33-1
2016: Brendan Steele (-18/270); 50-1
2015: Emiliano Grillo (-15/273); 50-1**
2014: Sang-moon Bae (-15/273); 150-1

Playoff Win over Ryan Moore and Brandt Snedeker – *
Playoff Win over Kevin Na – **



Each Fortinet Championship winner at Silverado, except Homa final yr (forty second), has ranked seventh or higher in Scrambling throughout their respective profitable weeks.

  • 2020: Cink – 2nd, 2019: Champ – 1st, 2018: Tway – 1st, 2017: Steele – seventh, 2016: Steele – fifth, 2015: Grillo – fifth, 2014: Bae – 4th

The final 5 Fortinet Championship winners have been third or higher SG: Tee-To-Inexperienced throughout their respective profitable weeks. 

  • 2021: Homa – 2nd, 2020: Cink – 2nd, 2019: Champ – 1st, 2018: Tway – third, 2017: Steele – 1st. 

Statistical Evaluation

Bombers like Cameron Champ have received right here however so have plodders off the tee like Emiliano Grillo. In accordance with DataGolf, Silverado is the sixteenth most tough course to realize strokes off the tee.

When Champ received this again in 2019, his Driving Accuracy was solely 53.6% however he nonetheless hit 73.6% of GIR. One yr later in 2020, Stewart Cink’s numbers have been even higher with a Fairway charge of 55.4% and a GIR of 84.7%.

Gamers don’t essentially get punished for lacking fairways as you’ll be able to see with two of the final three victors right here. Nevertheless, gaining off the tee remains to be necessary. Each Brendan Steele (2017) and Champ (2019) led the sector for SG: Off-The-Tee throughout their respective profitable weeks.

Strokes Gained: Off-The-Tee (Final 36 Rounds)

Brendan Steele 28.1
Taylor Pendrith 27.5
Cameron Champ 25.1
Corey Conners 23.3
Luke Listing 22.7
Hayden Buckley 22.4
Emiliano Grillo 20.8
Davis Riley 16.5
Wyndham Clark 15.7
Nick Hardy 15.7
Austin Smotherman 15.6
Brandon Wu 15.3
Max Homa 14.5

Whereas this isn’t the proverbial ‘second-shot’ course because of the excessive Greens In Regulation charge even out of the tough, Strategy photographs are nonetheless necessary. 

Strokes Gained: Strategy (Final 36 Rounds)
Chez Reavie 28.6
Brendan Steele 26.7
Hideki Matsuyama 24.3
Lee Hodges 24
Stephan Jaeger 22.8
Mark Hubbard 22.6
Luke Listing 21.1
Corey Conners 20.2
Davis Riley 19.2
Cam Davis 18.6
Alex Smalley 18.3
Adam Lengthy 17.5
Lucas Glover 17.3
Taylor Pendrith 16.7
Tom Hoge 16.7
Vaughn Taylor 16.1
44% of the strategy photographs listed below are from the 75 to 150-yard vary. 

Proximity Gained 75-100 Yards (Final 36 Rounds)

Lucas Glover 170.5
Davis Riley 161.2
Andrew Novak 161.1
Matt Kuchar 142.5
Kramer Hickok 141.1
Adam Svensson 129.2
Michael Gligic 122.7
Kevin Streelman 118.7
Matt Wallace 117.9
John Huh 116.7
David Lipsky 110.6
Chris Gotterup 109.4 (24 Rounds)
Russell Knox 106.3
Notice: Complete Ft Gained in direction of the outlet

Proximity Gained 100-125 Yards (Final 36 Rounds)

Chez Reavie 321
Cam Davis 272.3
Austin Cook dinner 227.6
Camilo Villegas 214.6
Tom Hoge 191.4
Andrew Landry 173.8
Paul Haley II 161.2
Adam Svensson 156.2
Ben Martin 151.1
Lucas Glover 145.4
Vaughn Taylor 144
Brandon Hagy 140
Martin Laird 139.6
Notice: Complete Ft Gained in direction of the outlet

Three of the 4 Par 5s measure between 550-600 Yards.

Strokes Gained Par 5s 550-600 Yards (Final 36 Rounds)

Nick Hardy 13.8

Emiliano Grillo 12.7
Harry Corridor 11.2
Austin Eckroat 11
Brandon Wu 10.6
Callum Tarren 10
Cam Davis 9.9
Matthew NeSmith 9.7
Davis Thompson 9.7
Paul Haley 9.7
Scott Piercy 9.5
Brent Grant 9.4
Philip Knowles 9.3
Ben Taylor 9.2
Six of the ten Par 4s measure between 400-450 Yards.

Strokes Gained Par 4s 400-450 Rounds (Final 36 Rounds)

Philip Knowles 22.4
Andrew Putnam 20.4
Taylor Montgomery 18.9
John Huh 18.6
Nicolas Echavarria 18.6
Adam Svensson 18.4
Brendon Todd 17.4
Tyler Duncan 15
Paul Haley II 14.9
Justin Suh 14.8
Hideki Matsuyama 14.7
Corey Conners 14.5
Michael Kim 14.1
Ben Taylor 14
Whereas the Scrambling and Sand Saves percentages are higher right here at Silverado, the course really charges because the tenth most tough course for SG: Round The Inexperienced. A lot of the greens slope from again to entrance and have some extreme undulations that result in carefully mown run-off areas for inaccurate approaches. Due to this fact, there can be some difficult chip photographs for gamers that miss the greens and the bunkers that encompass the greens are comparatively deep. 

Strokes Gained: Round The Inexperienced (Final 36 Rounds)

Andrew Putnam 19
Danny Willett 18.7
Stephan Jaeger 15.8
Jonathan Byrd 15.8
Vincent Whaley 14.6
Invoice Haas 13.8
Jimmy Walker 13.7
Matt Kuchar 13
William McGirt 12.6
John Huh 12.6
Chris Kirk 11.9
Denny McCarthy 11.6
Rickie Fowler 10.5
Jason Day 10.2
Wyndham Clark 10.1
Placing can be tough for a lot of gamers on this primarily Poa (some Bentgrass) bumpy floor.

Strokes Gained: Poa Annua Placing (Final 36 Rounds)

Maverick McNealy 30.7
Matt Kuchar 29
Wyndham Clark 27.2
Brian Stuard 26.7
Webb Simpson 23.7
Max Homa 20.4
Mark Hubbard 19.8
Michael Kim 19.8
Peter Malnati 18.4
Brandt Snedeker 17.7
Patrick Rodgers 17
Matt Wallace 16.9
Troy Merritt 16.7
Denny McCarthy 16.6


Maverick McNealy 26-1, Circa Sports activities

Final yr’s Fortinet Championship regarded like it will be McNealy’s first PGA TOUR win as he was the chief after 36 holes and the co-leader after 54. A double bogey on the 71st gap on Sunday ended his probabilities and McNealy settled for runner-up.

The Stanford product and California native has proven a proclivity to do effectively in his residence state. Except for final yr’s runner-up in Napa, McNealy was additionally runner-up on the 2021 AT&T Pebble Seashore Professional-Am and was fifth there the yr prior. He was additionally T-7 within the 2022 Genesis Invitational at Riviera. As well as, he was a decent fifteenth within the Farmers Insurance coverage Open at Torrey Pines.

In all, seven of his final 10 High 10 or higher finishes mixed on the PGA and Korn Ferry Excursions have come within the Golden State.

McNealy is clearly comfy on Poa Annua greens as he charges 1st on this area for Strokes Gained: Placing on Poa Annua greens over the past 36 rounds and 2nd over the past 50 rounds.

Taylor Pendrith (30-1, DraftKings)

Pendrith was chosen as a Captain’s decide final week by Worldwide Group Captain Trevor Immelman for subsequent week’s Presidents Cup.

The Canadian was tipped on this column for the Rocket Mortgage Traditional at Detroit Golf Membership earlier this yr and got here up simply quick battling down the stretch with Tony Finau.

He’s a giant hitter that may comply with the Cameron Champ formulation of bombing his strategy to a victory at Silverado, solely Pendrith is a lot better with quick irons.

Cam Davis (33-1, BetRivers)

Davis was additionally chosen as a Captain’s decide final week by Worldwide Group Captain Trevor Immelman for subsequent week’s Presidents Cup.

The Australian posted 4 High 10 finishes on tour final season after his maiden win on the 2021 Rocket Mortgage Traditional held at Detroit Golf Membership, which has a reasonably sturdy correlation to Silverado.

Davis charges High 10 on this area for Strokes Gained: Strategy and is 2nd for Proximity Gained from 100-125 Yards.

Taylor Montgomery 50-1, DraftKings

Montgomery is a PGA TOUR rookie contemporary off the Korn Ferry Tour. In 2021, he completed one spot out of the High 25 required to earn his card. This yr he completed High 5 on the KFT cash record and is without doubt one of the Korn Ferry graduates that has the best expectations.

The Las Vegas product is one other participant that tends to go effectively at west coast occasions however proved within the final three years on the KFT that he can contend all over the place. Montgomery posted 5 runner-up finishes together with two final yr. He additionally had 4 different High 4 finishes final season.

Montgomery was additionally T-Eleventh final yr within the Farmers Insurance coverage Open at Torrey Pines (additionally Poa Annua greens) in opposition to an elite area that was a category above the one he’ll see this week.

Wyndham Clark (65-1, DraftKings)

Clark is without doubt one of the longer hitters on Tour. He’s High 10 on this week’s area for Strokes Gained: Off-The-Tee.

Primarily based out of Las Vegas, Clark performs pretty effectively out west. He completed T-8 within the Genesis Invitational at Riviera, thirteenth final yr at The American Specific in Palm Springs, T-17 within the 2020 Genesis, T-13 on the 2020 Shriners in Las Vegas, and T-18 on the 2020 AT&T Pebble Seashore Professional-Am.

Moreover, he charges third on this area for Strokes Gained: Placing on Poa Annua over the past 36 rounds.

Luke Listing (90-1, DraftKings)

Listing has not precisely been in peak type, lacking 5 of his final seven cuts, however 2022 was his profession yr having earned his first PGA Tour win on the Farmers Insurance coverage Open in a playoff over Will Zalatoris.

He isn’t referred to as an ideal putter, however typically the ball placing could make up for it.

Together with two-time Fortinet winner Brendan Steele, younger upstart Davis Riley, and perennial elite ball striker Corey Conners, Listing is without doubt one of the few gamers on this week’s area that ranks within the High 10 for each Strokes Gained: Off-The-Tee and Strokes Gained: Strategy.

Adam Svensson (120-1, Circa Sports activities)

Svensson didn’t win final season after profitable two occasions on the Korn Ferry Tour in 2021. Nevertheless, he did make 17 of 23 cuts on the massive tour final season, together with three High 10 finishes. 

The Canadian is excellent with quick wedges as he charges High 10 on this area for Proximity from each 75-100 Yards and 100-125 Yards.

Brandon Wu (130-1 DraftKings)

Brandon Wu, a Stanford graduate born and raised within the Bay Space, performed his manner into the FedEx Cup Playoffs with 4 High 10 finishes final season, together with a runner-up in Mexico, a third in Puerto Rico, and a sixth within the Scottish Open.

Wu ranks twelfth on this week’s area for Strokes Gained: Off-The-Tee. 

Brady Kannon’s picks

Cam Davis (28-1)

Taylor Pendrith (30-1)
Taylor Montgomery (50-1)
Gary Woodland (54-1)

Cam Davis is an up-and-coming bomber on the PGA Tour. He received the Rocket Mortgage Traditional on the Detroit Golf Membership in 2021 and I feel the talent units wanted there are similar to these wanted in Napa this week.

Taylor Pendrith is actually somebody to be careful for on Tour now and into 2023. He is nineteenth within the area this week, over the past 24 rounds, for SG: Ball Placing and twenty sixth for SG: Off the Tee. He tied for second this previous summer season on the Rocket Mortgage Traditional.

Taylor Montgomery is slightly little bit of a homer play as he performed his faculty golf at UNLV and his father is a good friend, Monty Montgomery, the final supervisor at Shadow Creek right here in Las Vegas. Except for that, the child has been unbelievable, making his manner up the ranks on the Korn Ferry Tour. I feel he’s going to win quickly on the PGA Tour – perhaps not till 2024 – however I take a shot with him right here at 50-1 in opposition to a little bit of a watered-down area. Rising up on the West Coast, I am guessing he is very accustomed to California golf programs.

Lastly, one of many largest strengths of Gary Woodland’s sport, has at all times been Complete Driving. He ranks very excessive in Ball Placing, Strategy, Off the Tee, and Birdies or Higher Gained relative to this area. I additionally like the truth that only a few years in the past, he received the U.S. Open at Pebble Seashore, a golf course with Poa Annua greens.

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