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Safeway Open
Safeway Open logo.png
Tournament information
LocationNapa, California
Established2007, thirteen years ago
Course(s)Silverado Country Club,
North course
Length7,166 yards (6,553 m)
Tour(s)PGA Tour
FormatStroke play
Prize fund$6.6 million
Month playedSeptember
Tournament record score
Aggregate262 Cameron Beckman (2008)
262 Kevin Sutherland (2008)
262 Troy Matteson (2009)
262 Rickie Fowler (2009)
262 Jamie Lovemark (2009)
To par−21 Stewart Cink (2020)
Current champion
United States Stewart Cink
Napa is located in the United States
Location in the United States
Safeway Open is located in California
San Martin
Locations 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 Open in 2008 and moved to California in 2010, to CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, southeast of San Jose. In October 2014, part of the PGA Tour's 2015 season, it moved north to Napa and the Silverado Country Club (North course).[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 event has been renamed the Safeway Open.[2] The tournament will continue at Silverado through 2020, with Safeway sponsorship.[3]

For 2020, the tournament will be played September 10–13, and will not have fans in attendance because of the COVID-19 pandemic.[4]


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 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.[5]

In 2013, tournament organizers had a long-term goal to stage the event at The Institute Golf Course in Morgan Hill, a course owned by John Fry, when facilities were completed there.[6] That was expected in 2016 or 2017,[7] 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 Mike Weir by one stroke over Mark Hensby. The 2008 event was won by Cameron Beckman on the second playoff hole, when Kevin Sutherland bogeyed it. In 2009, Troy Matteson set a PGA Tour 36-hole record of 122 with 61 in both the second and third rounds,[8] and then won in a three-man playoff against Rickie Fowler and Jamie Lovemark.[9] At CordeValle in San Martin in 2012, John Mallinger shot a 62, matching the course record and his PGA Tour best round.[10]

Other notable players who have participated in the tournament include Ernie Els, David Duval, and Tiger Woods. Woods committed to play in 2011 as a condition for being selected by Fred Couples as one of two captain's pick for that year's Presidents Cup, which took place in mid-November. In mid-September 2015, Woods again committed to play in the October tournament,[11] but one week later he had back surgery, and missed the entire 2016 season.[12] On September 7, 2016, he announced his intention to play in the event the following month,[13] but opted out days before.


Year Season Player Country Score To par Margin of
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share ($)
Purse ($)
Safeway Open
2020 2020–21 Stewart Cink  United States 267 −21 2 strokes United States Harry Higgs 1,188,000 6,600,000
2019 2019–20 Cameron Champ  United States 271 −17 1 stroke Canada Adam Hadwin 1,188,000 6,600,000
2018 2018–19 Kevin Tway  United States 274 −14 Playoff United States Ryan Moore
United States Brandt Snedeker
1,152,000 6,400,000
2017 2017–18 Brendan Steele (2)  United States 273 −15 2 strokes United States Tony Finau 1,116,000 6,200,000
2016 2016–17 Brendan Steele  United States 270 −18 1 stroke United States Patton Kizzire 1,080,000 6,000,000 Open
2015 2015–16 Emiliano Grillo  Argentina 273 −15 Playoff United States Kevin Na 1,080,000 6,000,000
2014 2014–15 Bae Sang-moon  South Korea 273 −15 2 strokes Australia Steven Bowditch 1,080,000 6,000,000
2013 2013–14 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.


  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 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. ^ Morris, Gus (July 15, 2020). "Golf: 2020 Safeway Open will be held without fans in attendance". Napa Valley Register. Retrieved July 15, 2020.
  5. ^ Pollak, David (October 14, 2012). " Open golf notebook: Attendance down, but tournament president Duke Butler optimistic about event's future". Contra Costa Times.
  6. ^ James, Marty (July 14, 2013). "PGA Tour event will put spotlight on Silverado". Napa Valley Register.
  7. ^ Kroichick, Ron (October 7, 2014). "The story behind Silverado's return starts with Johnny Miller". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved October 19, 2015.
  8. ^ Kelley, Brent. "Lowest Stroke Total in Back-to-Back Rounds on the PGA Tour". Retrieved January 16, 2015.
  9. ^ "Troy Matteson wins Open in playoff with Jamie Lovemark, Rickie Fowler". Pioneer Press. Associated Press. November 13, 2015. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  10. ^ "John Mallinger ties course record with 62, leads Open by four after 36 holes". PGA of America. Associated Press. October 12, 2012. Retrieved July 28, 2016.
  11. ^ Harig, Bob (September 11, 2016). "Tiger makes Open appearance official". ESPN. Retrieved July 28, 2016.
  12. ^ "Tiger Woods has 2nd back surgery, won't return until 2016". Golf News Net. September 18, 2015. Retrieved July 28, 2016.
  13. ^ Ross, Helen (September 7, 2016). "Tiger Woods hopes to play 2016-17 season opener". PGA Tour.

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