The new PGA Tour season kicks off at Silverado with the Fortinet Championship and the picturesque course has plenty of contenders in what looks a wide open affair.
Corey Conners won’t get a better chance to end his winning drought than this week, with a weakened field and a course made to suit. The two key correlation events are the Valero Texas Open and the Sony Open. Conners has won the former and ran 3rd in the latter. He ranks 5th in Strokes Gained: Off The Tee, 10th in Par 4 Scoring, 13th in Strokes Gained: Tee To Green and 16th in Strokes Gained: Approach.
Taylor Montgomery is one of the graduates from the Korn Ferry Tour playing here and he is in red-hot form with four straight Top 10 finishes. He led the Korn Ferry Tour in Par 4 Scoring, Birdies and Bogey Avoidance along with a second ranking in Scrambling.
Kirk’s form at the Valero Texas Open and Sony Open look to put him in good stead here. Kirk ran 2nd at the Sony Open in 2021 and 6th in Texas that same year. Kirk has played here four times and has a T-8 and a T-30. Kirk ranks 16th in Proximity: 75-100 Yards and 20th in Strokes Gained: Tee To Green.
Veteran Matt Kuchar rediscovered his form at the backend of last year and it saw him finish 2nd at the Valero Texas Open and 7th at the Sony Open. He ranks 2nd in Scrambling, 6th in Bogey Avoidance and 17th in Par 4 Scoring.