Johnson likes look of Silverado
The 2017/18 PGA Tour season tees off in California this week with the Safeway Open and double major winner Zach Johnson is one of the stars on show.
The 2007 Masters and 2015 Open Championship winner has added this tournament to his schedule for the first time after being told by fellow pros that the course, Silverado Country Club, will suit his game.
It was a view he agreed with after playing the front nine in practice on Tuesday.
"I see some parallels to Sherwood (Country Club), where we played at the Hero," said Johnson, who won the World Challenge at that venue in 2013.
"Maybe not quite as hilly as Sherwood. The trees look very similar, the fairways are probably a little more narrow here.
"I see Sherwood. I see Riviera. Some of the shot-making is that of a Hilton Head, Colonial where you've got to be in the right side of the fairway versus the left side of the fairway, that kind of thing.
"This place looks pretty cool."
Johnson is a two-time runner-up at Colonial and also finished runner-up at Hilton Head so this week's venue (7,166 yards) which requires brain rather than brawn looks a good fit.
Joining him in the field are Phil Mickelson, fellow major winners Webb Simpson and Keegan Bradley and also defending champion Brendan Steele.
Johnson is 25/1 to win the Safeway Open, with Tony Finau 14/1, Mickelson 16/1 and Simpson at 16/1 .
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