Executive Director Jeff Sanders announced today that the Safeway Open presented by Chevron will donate $200,000 in support of fire relief efforts in Napa and Sonoma Counties. The Safeway Open PGA TOUR event was held at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa and concluded just hours prior to the start of the wildfires on Sunday, October 8th.
“We are greatly saddened by the loss of life and devastation the recent wildfires have caused in Napa and the surrounding communities,” said Sanders. “The tournament’s success for local charities this year was driven by the incredible support of the people of Napa and the Silverado community. The Safeway Open is committed to supporting the relief efforts and rebuilding of Napa and the surrounding wine country".
The contribution from the Safeway Open comes just after Albertsons Companies, parent company of Safeway, announced a point of sale fundraising campaign across stores in its Western divisions toward fire relief efforts in California. The Albertsons Companies Foundation pledged to match $500,000.
“Supporting the communities where we live and serve our customers is at the heart of our company’s culture,” said Bob Miller, Chairman and CEO of Albertsons Companies, the parent company of Safeway. “Safeway and the Safeway Open golf event will continue to support those in the Napa Valley region as they rebuild from this tragedy.”
For more information on the Safeway Open presented by Chevron visit www.safewayopen.com.
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Brendan Steele interview after winning Safeway
NAPA, Calif. – During the award ceremony Sunday night after his second consecutive Safeway Open win, Brendan Steele saw celebrity chef Thomas Keller, who owns the award-winning The French Laundry.
On Friday night, Steele had dined at the restaurant, which is 10 miles from the Silverado course. A year ago, Steele also dined at The French Laundry on Friday night.
“The problem two years ago was I didn’t have dinner there on Friday night,” Steele said, referencing the last time he didn’t win at Silverado despite leading after 54 holes. “The last two years I had dinner there on Friday night and we got two wins out of it, so that’s definitely a tradition that’s not going to end.”
Indeed, Steele would love nothing more than to continue filling up on whatever Silverado is willing to serve him. On Sunday, it was challenging scoring conditions, with Steele leaning on his knowledge and experience to shoot a 3-under 69 – one of just seven rounds in the 60s – to rally from a two-stroke deficit to start the day. He finished at 15 under, two strokes ahead of Tony Finau, who suffered a double bogey at the 14th hole that ultimately cost him a chance to force a playoff.
After playing the front nine bogey free for the third straight day, Steele grabbed the lead for good, and then bounced back from a couple of bogeys by birdieing the par-5 16th and 18th holes. With short-game coach Chris Mason on his bag this week, Steele made the right adjustments with his club selection.
“You can’t just figure out your shot a minute before you play it while somebody else is hitting because it changes by the time that comes up,” Steele said about the wind conditions. “So you have to have a sense as you’re getting into it whether you’ve got the right club or not. … Sometimes that works out, sometimes it doesn’t. Today it did.”
Now Steele hopes to make the necessary adjustments that he hopes will pay off in, oh, about 10 months.
After winning the Safeway Open a year ago, Steele maintained a solid position in the FedExCup standings for the entire regular season. He was 16th entering the Playoffs but failed to reach the TOUR Championship, eventually finishing 33rd in points. In retrospect, he blamed it on a focus shift. Instead of trying to win tournaments, he was simply trying to make cuts and gain points.
“I really felt like at the end of the season through the summer, I definitely limited myself to what I was trying to achieve,” Steele explained. “I just wanted to make the TOUR Championship so bad, I was just trying to scratch and claw for every point I could … I wasn’t trying to win. I wasn’t trying to play my best. I was just trying to get whatever points I could – and I played right to that level where you could just barely miss.
“I’m definitely going to try to not do that this year and just really move forward and try to win as many tournaments as I can and get myself into contention in majors and do all the things that everybody wants to do out here.”
As for his dining plans for the Friday night of the 2018 Safeway Open? Well, The French Laundry is notoriously difficult to get a reservation, but Steele figures Keller might be able to set aside a table for the now two-time defending champ.
“I hope so,” Steele said. “I hope I didn’t do anything to get myself kicked out.”
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Phil Mickelson’s opening shot in the third round of the Safeway Open left the 42-time PGA Tour champion and World Golf Hall of Fame member shaking his head.
With a large crowd looking on, he missed the fairway after pulling his drive right on the par-4, 436-yard first hole.
But Mickelson, the winner of five majors, regrouped and shot a 4-under-par 68 on the North Course at Silverado Resort and Spa on Saturday.
He is tied for seventh place, just four strokes off the lead heading into Sunday’s final round in the event that serves as the opener of the 2017-18 schedule. Gates open at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.
It’s been a long drought for Mickelson, who last won in 2013. He had two victories that year – the Waste Management Phoenix Open and the Open Championship.
“I like the position I’m in. I just have to get off to a good start,” said Mickelson. “What I’m excited about, because even though I was fractionally off today, I feel like I’m really close.”
Mickelson is at 10-under through three rounds. He trails Tyler Duncan, a rookie who is making just his second PGA Tour start, who is at 14-under and leading after shooting a 71 on another day of ideal conditions – sunny, warm, summer-like weather with temperatures climbing into the high-80s.
There are 15 players who are within striking distance, just five shots off the lead heading into the final round, which looks to be a shootout on the par-72, 7,166-yard track that is again putting up a test with its greens.
“The positives are that I’m very close,” said Mickelson, who drew the largest galleries. “I was a little bit off today, but my speed was back. I started hitting the ball with a little bit more authority even though it wasn’t quite finding the fairway. I made some good birdies on the front nine. I had a good round on the back side. I let a few shots go.
“So the positives are that I’m close. It tells me that if I just put it a little bit together (Sunday) I have a chance to make a run at it.”
The breakdown of Mickelson’s round: 2 of 14 fairways hit in regulation, 12 of 18 greens in regulation, 25 putts.
Duncan had the 36-hole lead following a 66 in the second round and had a par-saving putt on the 18th hole to maintain a one-shot advantage heading into the last round.
Duncan is alone atop the leaderboard, and is followed by Chesson Hadley, who carded a 70 and is at 13-under. Tied for third, at 12-under, is Bud Cauley (66) and defending champion Brendan Steele (72).
Emiliano Grillo (68), the winner of the 2015 Frys.com Open at Silverado, and Graham DeLaet (69) are tied for fifth at 11-under.
Mickelson is joined by Andrew Putnam (69), Bill Haas (69) and Tony Finau (71) at 10-under.
At 9-under, and tied for 11th, are Nick Taylor (68), Jason Kokak (68), Kevin Na (66), Bronson Burgoon (69), Martin Laird (69) and Harold Varner III (70).
Sunday’s final round starts at 10:30 a.m., with groups beginning play from both the first and 10th tees, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
Duncan, Hadley and Cauley are in the final group, starting from the No. 1 tee, at 12:30 p.m.
The second-year event, presented by Chevron and offering $6.2-million purse, is part of the FedExCup schedule. The winner’s share is $1,116,000. Golf Channel’s coverage Sunday is from 2:30-5:30 p.m. The event offers full FedEx Cup points.
This is the fifth year of the PGA Tour’s wraparound schedule that bridges two years, with 45 events leading up to the FedExCup Playoffs. The season includes eight events in the fall, all of which award FedExCup points.
As a captain’s selection, Mickelson played last week in the Presidents Cup, compiling a 3-0-1 record for the U.S.
A resident of Rancho Santa Fe, California, he has played on 11 Ryder Cup and 12 Presidents Cup teams.
“I need to get off to a good start (Sunday) and then I need to finish the round. I haven’t finished the round the last three days and I’ve got to finish it off,” said Mickelson, who is starting his 27th season on the PGA Tour.
Duncan had four top-10 finishes playing on the Web.com Tour last season. Since 2014, he has divided his time between Web.com Tour and PGA Tour Latinoamerica. He earned his PGA Tour card by virtue of his 23rd-place finish on the Web.com Tour priority list. In his only other start on the PGA Tour, he missed the cut at the 2015 U.S. Open.
“To be here, to play on Sunday, is awesome and I’m going to come out and give it my best,” said Duncan, who hit 11 of 14 fairways in regulation and 12 of 18 greens, while making 29 putts.
“I got off to a decent start and struggled a little bit there on the back nine, but my putter woke up on the back and made some good saves there through the middle and then there again at 18. So just lucky enough to make some putts there to finish.
“I’m sure I’ll be nervous (Sunday), but I’m looking forward to it,” said Duncan, a 2012 Purdue University graduate.
Duncan shared the first-round lead after opening with a 7-under 65.
Duncan made a six-foot downhill putt to save a bogey-4 after hitting his tee shot in the water on the 15th hole. He came back and birdied No. 16. He closed the round with pars at Nos. 17 and 18.
Duncan experienced trouble on the par-3 holes, making three bogeys in the third round.
Duncan has hit 25 of 42 fairways in regulation and ranks tied for 21st in that category through three rounds.
He ended the Web.com Tour season with 21 starts, one top-10, and 11 cuts made.
A day after shooting a course-record 11-under 61, Hadley’s round consisted of six birdies with four bogeys.
“I thought the course was playing difficult and I didn’t get off to a very good start,” he said. “I hung in there and just didn’t panic and kept myself in a good spot for (Sunday). I’d like to get off to a little bit better start (Sunday) and maybe hit the driver a little bit better,” said Hadley.
Hadley split his time between the PGA Tour (eight starts) and Web.com Tour (19 starts) last season.
Cauley hit 15 of 18 greens and needed just 27 putts.
“I played well. Hit a lot of good shots, made a couple nice putts. Was really hoping to get one there at the last, but put myself in a good spot for (Sunday),” said Cauley.
Steele’s round included two birdies and two bogeys.
2016 Haskins Award Winner Beau Hossler and Sacramento native Cameron Champ have accepted Sponsor Invitations from Safeway to play in next week’s Safeway Open presented by Chevron, October 4-8 at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, CA. They join a host of other recent college standouts including 2016 NCAA Champion Aaron Wise from the University of Oregon and 2017 Ben Hogan Award Winner Maverick McNealy from Stanford who will be making his professional debut.
Champ turned heads as an amateur this summer at the US Open at Erin Hills when he opened with rounds of 70-69 to enter the weekend in a tie for eighth at 5-under par. Hailing from nearby Sacramento, California, Champ is no stranger to success in the Golden State. He reached rankings of number four nationally and number one in California during his junior career and is currently the 11th ranked amateur in the world.
Hossler, also a native of California, showed his potential at the 2012 U.S. Open at Olympic Club where he led during the second round at just 17 years of age. After suffering a shoulder injury that kept him out of the 2016 NCAA Championship match, Hossler has quickly returned to form posting two runner-up finishes on the Web.com Tour this summer and earning his PGA TOUR card for the 2017-2018 season.
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Zach Johnson, a two-time major champion who is No. 43 in the World Golf Ranking, committed Monday to playing in the Safeway Open next week at Silverado Resort and Spa, executive tournament director Jeff Sanders said.
The Safeway Open is Oct. 2-8 and is the opening event on the PGA Tour’s 2017-18 schedule. This is the second year of the Safeway Open, which offers FedExCup points.
Johnson finished 40th among PGA Tour FedEx Cup leaders, as the season came to a close with Sunday’s Tour Championship in Atlanta.
Johnson played in 23 tournaments and earned $2,362,968.
“Zach Johnson has been a solid player, a solid winner for many, many years,” said Sanders. “Not only is he a great guy, but he’s a great player. He’s been very consistent.
“He’s got a fantastic record. He’s been a world-class player for a lot of years. He’s really a smart player.”
Johnson has 12 career wins on the PGA Tour. This includes the 2007 Masters Tournament and the 2015 Open Championship.
He joined the PGA Tour in 2004 and has played on five Ryder Cup (2006, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016) and four Presidents Cup (2007, 2009, 2013, 2015) teams.
It will be Johnson’s first appearance in the Safeway Open. The tournament carries a $6 million purse.
“He hits it so perfect and he’s such a great putter and such a great competitor,” said Sanders, executive vice president of golf events for Lagardere Sports & Entertainment. “I think he’s the kind of guy that could navigate himself around Silverado and be in contention on Sunday.
“If you want to watch precision, come on out and see Zach.”
The field for the Safeway Open – which takes place on the North Course at Silverado, a par-72, 7,166-yard layout – also features Phil Mickelson, Webb Simpson, Brendan Steele, Tony Finau and John Daly.
Players have until 2 p.m. Pacific time on Friday to officially commit to playing, according to the PGA Tour. The field is released and published by the PGA Tour and PGATour.com as soon as possible after 2 p.m. on Friday.
There will be 144 players in the field for the Safeway Open. The winner receives $1,080,000.
“I think we’re going to have just a great week,” said Sanders. “It’s going to be a fun week. We’ve sold a lot of tickets this year. We’ve had a nice spike in ticket sales the last few days.”
The Safeway Open week begins with the Johnny Miller Pro-Am and practice rounds on Oct. 2. There will be practice rounds on Oct. 3. The official Safeway Open Pro-Am is on Oct. 4. The tournament’s first round is on Oct. 5, with players starting from the first and 10th tees beginning at 7:20 a.m.
Golf Channel will televise all four rounds.
The PGA Tour’s 2016-17 season came to a close at the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. It was the last of four events in the FedExCup Playoffs. The FedExCup Playoffs, a season-long points competition on the PGA Tour, began in 2007.
Finau shot a final-round 66 and finished in a tie for seventh place at the Tour Championship. Finau is No. 49 in the World Golf Ranking and finished 33rd among PGA Tour FedEx Cup leaders.
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John Daly, a two-time major champion, and Jamie Sadlowski, who has twice won the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship, have both accepted sponsor invitations to play in the Safeway Open at Napa’s Silverado Resort and Spa in October.
The Safeway Open, Oct. 2-8, is presented by Chevron and will be played on the North Course. The event kicks off the opening portion of 2017-18 PGA Tour schedule and offers FedExCup points. The tournament will be televised by Golf Channel.
Daly and Sadlowski are two of golf’s longest drivers. Phil Mickelson, a World Golf Hall of Fame member and the winner of 42 PGA Tour events, has committed to play in the Safeway Open for the second year in a row.
“It’s very exciting, because our model is food, wine, music and golf, and it’s an entertainment model,” said Jeff Sanders, Executive Director of the Safeway Open. “And we feel like John Daly, Jamie Sadlowski and Phil Mickelson are three of the most entertaining golfers on the planet. We want to continue to bring great music, great good, great golf, but also entertain the fans.
“We feel like that John Daly, Jamie Sadlowski, along with Phil, they fit into our model beautifully. The fans love John Daly, because John is so fun and so relaxed and he loves to interact with fans. He probably signs more autographs than anybody in golf, because his reputation is he loves the fans and they love him. He’s truly a rock star.”
Daly has five PGA Tour wins, two of which are majors, the 1991 PGA Championship and the 1995 British Open Championship. He is currently playing on the PGA Tour Champions and in May won the Insperity Invitational.
Daly tied for third last week at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open. He finished the event at 13-under-par after rounds of 68, 69 and 66 at En-Joie Golf Club in Endicott, New York.
Daly leads the PGA Tour Champions in driving distance (299.9), is fifth in eagles, and 10th in sand save percentage. He is 14th in earnings.
“John and Jamie are two of the most exciting players in all of professional golf to watch,” Sanders said in a press release. “John is probably the closest there is in golf to a rock star and fans love him. Jamie not only kills it, he can really go low. It’s very rare to find a player who hits it as far as he can but still has the soft touch around the greens. ”
This is the second year of the Safeway Open, which offers a $6.2 million purse, with $1.116 million going to the winner. Last year’s field of 144 players included Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, Justin Thomas, Webb Simpson and Paul Casey.
“Thank you to Safeway for the opportunity to play in this year’s Safeway Open,” Daly said in a press release. “Can’t wait to grip it and rip it for all the fans in Napa.”
Daly became youngest active player on the PGA Tour with two major championship titles and the fourth American at the time since World War II to win two majors before his 30th birthday, joining Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Johnny Miller, according to the Tour.
Daly lost in a playoff to Tiger Woods on the second extra hole at the World Golf Championships-American Express Championship at Harding Park in San Francisco in 2005.
“We’re so thrilled to have John Daly play in the Safeway Open,” said Sanders, Executive Vice President, Golf Events, for Lagardere Sports. “As we all know, John is known for his long ball off the tee. But you’ve got to remember, he’s also a great player. He’s won on the Champions Tour this year. John Daly is the rock star of golf. In the world of professional golf, there are three or four personalities that draw the most fans. John Daly is in that foursome. Still to this day, he draws some of the largest galleries in golf, wherever he plays.
“John Daly is the one of the most colorful golfers on the planet. The guy relates so well to the audience. He’s so much fun. He gives 100 percent – he’s the first guy to sign the autograph, he’s the last guy to leave.”
Sadlowski was a two-time winner of the World Long Drive Junior Championship. Moving on to the adult level competition, he has a career-best long drive of 445 yards.
Sadlowski decided to pursue a career in professional golf last year. He made his first start on the PGA Tour in May, at the Dean & Deluca Invitational, which is held at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.
“I am delighted and honored to receive this highly coveted exemption,” Sadlowski said in a press release. “I wish to thank Safeway, Chevron, the members of the tournament committee and the tournament host, Johnny Miller, for giving me the opportunity to compete in the PGA Tour’s opening event for 2017-18. Having a spot in the field at Silverado will jump-start my season. I can’t wait to get to the Napa Valley.”
Sadlowski, a Canadian native, has played eight events this year on the Mackenzie Tour-Canada. He also has experience from having played in some Web.com Tour events.
“He’s one of the most talented athletes I’ve ever seen,” said Sanders. “He’s a long driver. He’s a great player.”
The Safeway Open presented by Chevron announced today that popular rock band Goo Goo Dolls will perform at the Safeway Concert Series at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa on Saturday night Oct. 7, 2017.
The Safeway Open PGA TOUR event and Safeway Open Concert Series will provide fans with an authentic Napa experience, bringing together world-renowned local chefs and wineries, popular musicians and the world’s best golfers all on one stage.
The Safeway Open returns to Silverado Resort and Spa the week of Oct. 4-8 and again features 42-time PGA TOUR winner and crowd favorite Phil Mickelson heading the list of 144 of the best golfers in the world.
The three-night concert series will take place on the Chevron Stage at Silverado Resort and Spa immediately following completion of the golf tournament Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.
Gavin DeGraw will kick off the concert series Thursday, Oct. 5, and Weezer will play immediately following golf on Friday, Oct. 6. Goo Goo Dolls will close out the concert series on Saturday evening.
“We are excited to bring in Goo Goo Dolls to play Saturday night at the Safeway Concert Series,” said Jeff Sanders, Executive Director of the Safeway Open. “We stepped up the music this year and we know everyone who comes out to the event any night is going to have a great time."
Formed in Buffalo, N.Y., in 1986, Goo Goo Dolls has sold more than 10 million albums in the U.S. and more than 12 million records worldwide. The band has recorded 19 top-10 singles and their smash hit single “Iris” was named the biggest pop radio song of the past 20 years by Billboard magazine.
In 2016, the Safeway Open Concert Series featured X Ambassadors, Charles Kelley from Lady Antebellum and Third Eye Blind.
Daily tickets to the Safeway Open PGA TOUR event are on sale now and include admission to the Safeway Open Concert Series, as well as the 27,000-square foot Safeway Food and Wine Pavilion and on-site food, wine, beer and spirits venues. There are no additional cover charges or upgraded tickets needed for entry into these venues.
The event is in its second year with Safeway as the title sponsor of the PGA TOUR season opener, with a total purse of $6.2 million, with $1.116 million to the winner. In 2016 the field included elite players such as Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, Justin Thomas, Webb Simpson and Paul Casey. Brendan Steele is the defending champion.
The Safeway Concert Series is presented by Bacardi on Thursday night, Pacific Office Automation on Friday night and E&J Gallo on Saturday night. The Safeway Open and Safeway Open Concert Series are managed by Lagardère Sports.
Phil Mickelson, a World Golf Hall of Fame member and the winner of 42 PGA Tour events, has committed to play in the Safeway Open at Silverado Resort and Spa for the second year in a row, tournament Executive Director Jeff Sanders said.
Mickelson, a three-time Masters champion and the winner of five majors, tied for eighth place at the Safeway Open last year after shooting 14-under-par on the North Course. Mickelson, who drew large crowds, had rounds of 69, 69, 69 and 67. He earned $162,000.
The Safeway Open is the season-opening event on the PGA Tour’s 2017-18 wrap-around schedule and will be played Oct. 2-8.
“We’re just thrilled to have him come back,” said Sanders, executive vice president of golf events for Lagardère Sports & Entertainment. “That’s a testimony to the event, to Silverado and to Safeway, that he would come back and play again. And to announce his desire to play this far in advance is just fantastic for our event.”
“He commits early because he believes in the tournament. He had a great time last year. He played well. He was in the hunt going into Sunday. He’s looking forward to playing.
“We’re all just so excited to have Phil Mickelson back as our first commitment for the 2017 Safeway Open. He’s certainly a legend of the game. I think Phil Mickelson is just the most popular player in the game. I think he’s still got some wins in him. I know he believes that. He’s practicing as hard as ever, playing in a lot of tournaments, and playing well. I think we’re going to see some more great things out of Phil Mickelson before his career is over.”
This is Safeway’s second year as title sponsor of the a $6.2 million event. Last year’s field of 144 golfers included Matt Kuchar, Justin Thomas, Webb Simpson and Paul Casey.
For the season, Mickelson is 39th in FedExCup points and 40th in earnings. He has four Top-10 finishes and is 25th in the Official World Golf Ranking.
“We are very excited to have Phil return to play in the Safeway Open again this year,” Bob Miller, chairman and CEO of Albertsons Companies, the parent company of Safeway, said in a press release. “He was absolutely terrific last year. Phil is a great ambassador for the game of golf and one of the most exciting players to watch.
“We are committed to making the Safeway Open the best experience on the PGA Tour for the players, fans, sponsors and volunteers while raising important dollars for those in need. Phil’s early commitment will help us.”
This will be the fourth consecutive year of the PGA Tour at Silverado, which has a long history of having hosted professional tournament golf, dating to the late 1960s.
The five-year agreement with Safeway as the title sponsor runs through 2020. The event, presented by Chevron, is part of the FedExCup schedule.
The Kaiser International Open Invitational, a PGA Tour event, was played from 1968-1976 at Silverado. The Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic, a PGA Tour event, was held here from 1977-1980. The Transamerica, a Champions Tour event, was played from 1989-2002.
Silverado was once the site of the PGA Tour’s national qualifying school. The Northern California Open was also played here.
Beer, wine, spirits, food, music and golf is the theme of the event. The Safeway food and wine pavilion, a 25,000-square foot facility, will return and will again be located behind the No. 1 green and next to the 17th hole. There will be expanded viewing decks for spectators.
“I look forward to playing in the Safeway Open at Silverado again this year,” Mickelson said in a press release. “Bob Miller and Safeway/Albertsons have been one of our best PGA Tour sponsors for over 27 years, and Amy and I always enjoy our time in Napa.”
Last year marked Mickelson’s first appearance in a PGA Tour event in Napa and also the first time he played in the season-opening event since the Tour’s schedule changed to an October date.
He finished four shots behind the winner, Brendan Steele.
“During the tournament, he was super gracious, he was great with the fans and the families, signed all the autographs, smiled,” said Sanders. “He was just absolutely fantastic in every single way. He played good golf, he gave it his all. He took a run at it on Sunday.
“We need more Phil Mickelsons in our game.”
Mickelson is no stranger to competing in Northern California, having won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am four times over his career.
“What a first-class guy he is,” said Sanders.
Mickelson enjoyed his week in Napa, playing the North Course, which was re-designed by Johnny Miller.
“I like the feel of the golf course,” Mickelson said. “It reminds me of the old Torrey South. The way the holes move, the way the greens have similar contours to them and the length wasn’t overpowering but you had to be very precise to get it close to some of the holes.”
Mickelson said he enjoys playing aggressive golf and challenging himself on shots.
“When I have a more difficult shot, I get a better visual, a better picture of it, I tend to execute it a little bit better,” he said. “Sometimes when it’s just a mundane straightforward shot, I don’t have that crystal-clear focus. So that’s just always the way I’ve played and I enjoy that challenge. It brings the best out in me.”
Mickelson, 47, won Masters titles in 2004, 2006 and 2010. He won the PGA Championship in 2005 and captured the Open Championship in 2013. A resident of Rancho Santa Fe, California, he has played on 11 Ryder Cup and 11 Presidents Cup teams.
“Fans around the world love Phil’s style of play and the way in which he engages with the people making him the crowd favorite. We are thrilled that he is coming back to play the Safeway Open,” said Sanders. “I think Phil is the most popular player in golf today, around the world. He draws the largest galleries. He engages with the galleries as well as any professional athlete in any sport. He’s just the best at engaging with fans.”
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Napa, CA (June 29, 2017) – The Safeway Open presented by Chevron announced today that Grammy Award-winning rock band Weezer will headline the Safeway Concert Series at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, CA, on Friday, Oct. 6.
The Safeway Open and Safeway Open Concert Series will provide fans with an authentic Napa experience, bringing together world-renowned local chefs and wineries, popular musicians and the world’s best golfers all on one stage. The Safeway Open PGA TOUR event played at Silverado Resort and Spa this Oct. 4-8 will again feature a concert series with three consecutive nights of music after golf, featuring Weezer, multi-platinum singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw and a third act to be announced in the coming weeks.
“We are very excited to bring in Weezer as the headliner for the Safeway Open Concert Series,” said Jeff Sanders, Executive Director of the Safeway Open. “We had three great nights of music last year, and our goal is to make it even bigger this year. Weezer will be amazing."
Formed in Los Angeles in 1992, Weezer has sold 9.2 million rock albums in the U.S. and more than 17 million records worldwide. Most recently their self-titled album, released in April of 2016, was nominated for best rock album at the 2017 Grammy Awards. Their single Feels Like Summer is currently at number 11 on Billboard’s Top Alternative Songs.
In 2016, the Safeway Open Concert Series featured X Ambassadors, Charles Kelley from Lady Antebellum and Third Eye Blind.
This year the shows will be held on the Chevron Stage at the Silverado Resort and Spa immediately following completion of the golf tournament Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Gavin DeGraw will kick off the Safeway concert series Thursday night Oct. 5 and Weezer will play immediately following golf Friday night Oct. 6. The Safeway Open and Lagardere plan to announce the third band that will perform on Saturday night Oct. 7, in a few weeks.
Daily tickets to the Safeway Open PGA TOUR event are on sale now and include admission to the Safeway Open Concert Series, as well as the 27,000-square foot Safeway Food and Wine Pavilion and on-site food, wine, beer and spirits venues. No additional cover charges are required.
The event is in its second year with Safeway as the title sponsor and hosts many of the best golfers in the world as they compete Thursday through Sunday for a $6.2 million-dollar purse, with $1.116 million to the winner. In 2016 the field of 144 golfers included elite players such as Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, Justin Thomas, Webb Simpson and Paul Casey.
The Concert Series is presented by Bacardi on Thursday night, Pacific Office Automation on Friday night and E.J. Gallo on Saturday night. The Safeway Open and Safeway Open Concert Series are managed by Lagardère Sports. For more information on the Safeway Open and Safeway Open Concert Series, and to purchase tickets, please visit www.safewayopen.com.
Napa, CA (June 8, 2017) – The Safeway Open and Lagardère Sports announced today that the Safeway Open PGA TOUR event played at Silverado Resort and Spa this October 5-8 will again feature a concert series with three consecutive nights of music after golf, featuring multi-platinum singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw.
The Safeway Open and Safeway Open Concert Series will provide fans with an authentic Napa experience bringing together world-renowned local chefs and wineries, popular musicians and the world’s best golfers all on one stage.
“Last year was our first year featuring a three-night concert series at the Safeway Open and it was a big success,” said Jeff Sanders, Executive Director of the Safeway Open. “The fans had a great time, even in the rain. This year we will have amazing bands and perfect Napa weather!”
In 2016, the Safeway Open Concert Series featured X Ambassadors, Charles Kelley from Lady Antebellum and Third Eye Blind, each performing on the Mansion Lawn in front of Silverado Resort and Spa. The shows were well attended despite unseasonably rainy weather for October in Napa.
This year the shows will again be held on the Mansion Lawn immediately following completion of the golf tournament Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. DeGraw will kick off the concert series Thursday night Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. The two additional bands performing on Friday and Saturday nights as part of the concert series will be announced in the coming weeks.
“Looking forward to getting back to Napa and performing at the Safeway Open,” said DeGraw. “Maybe I can teach the players a thing or two!”
Daily tickets to the Safeway Open PGA TOUR event are on sale now and include admission to the Safeway Open Concert Series, the 27,000-square foot Safeway Food and Wine Pavilion and on-site food, wine, beer and spirits venues.
The event is in its second year with Safeway as the title sponsor and hosts many of the best golfers in the world as they compete for a $6.2 million-dollar purse with $1.116 million to the winner, Thursday through Sunday. In 2016 the field of 144 golfers included elite players such as Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, Justin Thomas, Webb Simpson and Paul Casey.
The Safeway Open and Safeway Open Concert Series are managed by Lagardère Sports. For more information on the Safeway Open and Safeway Open Concert Series or to purchase tickets, please visit www.safewayopen.com.