This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.
The PGA Tour heads to Napa, Calif., this week as some big names tee it up for this first time this season. The presence of big names doesn't really alter the landscape much during the fall season as things are just plain different this time of year. Normally, the presence of Justin Thomas, Hideki Matsuyama, Adam Scott, etc., would mean a big name is likely to win, but that's not how it works in fall.
Although there isn't much of an offseason in this sport, I have to imagine the guys at the top of their game, the ones who can afford to skip a majority of fall, use this time to truly unwind and make it into a true offseason. If that's the case, it's tough to get back into the right mindset when you decide to play a month or two into your extended vacation.
This week: Safeway Open – Silverado Country Club, Napa, Calif.
Justin Thomas (7-1)
He's the biggest name in the field, which means he should be favored, but there isn't much value in this price. We haven't seen Thomas in a while, which means we have no idea about his form. Thomas spent much of last season getting his game right after an injury, and it looks like he's ready to go this season.