Lefty set to play in event at Silverado
Five-time major champion Phil Mickelson has committed to playing in this year’s Safeway Open, the renamed PGA Tour event set for Oct. 13-16 at Silverado Resort in Napa.
His commitment gives the tournament a jolt of star power. Mickelson remains one of golf ’s most popular and recognizable players, even if he hasn’t won in nearly three years, since the 2013 British Open.
This will be his first time playing in the event formerly known as the Frys.com Open. Mickelson still brings notable history in Northern California, with four victories in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
“I look forward to playing in the first Safeway Open,” he said in a statement released by tournament officials. “Amy and I love going to Napa, and now we have an even better reason to spend a week with the players and their wives.”
Mickelson, 46, has had an up-and-down season in 2016. He has posted five top-five finishes, including second place in the events at Pebble Beach and Memphis, but he also missed the cut in the Masters and U.S. Open.
That represents the first time in Mickelson’s career he has missed the cut in both of those majors. He’s ranked 20th in the world.
The Frys-turned-Safeway has struggled to attract top players in its six years in Northern California (four at CordeValle and the past two at Silverado). Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose were among the marquee players in last year’s field, an event won by tour rookie Emiliano Grillo.
“The fact that Phil hasn’t played in Napa, it’s going to help us take our event to the next level,” tournament executive director Jeff Sanders said. “He’s a fan favorite in Northern California, and we’re excited to have him.”
Phil Mickelson, seen at the 2014 Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, will play in the PGA event in Napa for the first time.