Valero Texas Open Prediction - TPC San Antonio Golf Odds
Sergio Garcia headlines the betting field that includes six of the top 30 in the world rankings. Golf betting picks up speed following the Masters, with the popularity of that event bleeding over to the Valero Texas Open. While many of the big names need to decompress following a major, plenty of the top talents in the world are in the Lone Star State this week.
Many golf bettors have won plenty of cash, with the right skills and judgment both on and off the greens. The TPC San Antonio Oaks golf course features narrow fairways and difficult green complexes, not to mention loads of large bunkers.
The Oaks course is an intimate design with narrow corridors carved through oak trees with only feet of fall from the highest point of the course to the lowest making it very walker friendly. The bunkers are spectacular and reflect a natural, rugged "minimalist" with edges emulating the canopy of the native oak trees.
More recently Justin Leonard has been the one to beat. Leonard won the Valero Texas Open back-to-back in and , and then returned to the top of the podium in On the yard par-5 18th, Brooks Koepka considered going for the green in two but he eventually put the 3-wood back in his bag and laid up.
He then fired to within just a few feet of the pin and knocked in the putt for a birdie and a superb final round of Chappell returns this week as defending champion for the first time in his PGA Tour career.
He can become the third player since the turn of the century to successfully defend his title here, following in the footsteps of Texas-born, Justin Leonard and Zach Johnson , but just the first since the event moved to TPC San Antonio. TPC San Antonio has only been the host course since , and it is a bit of a brute. Wind will be a factor again at this course as it was last week, so the same events from last week, particularly the OHL Classic at Mayakoba and the Sony Open will be correlating events once again, even if the courses are dissimilar.
Form at the OHL Classic will be of particular interest to me this week though. With the same course designer and similar breezy conditions in play, the tie between the two courses for me is enough to stand up and take notice of, and has been well proven in recent editions. All in all, hitting the ball long off the tee will aid your chances this week as there is every chance the ball is held up in strong winds, whilst form in Texas will also be worth noting.
His win at the Tour Championship, where he held off Player of the Year, Justin Thomas was especially impressive and whilst this season has not yet lived up to expectations, a slight lull in form had to be expected. Just one missed cut this season suggests that, despite a struggle to reach the heights of last year, Schauffele can still grind out results without bringing his best stuff and with top-9 finishes at both the CIMB Classic 3rd and the Genesis Open T9 on the PGA Tour, as well as a T2 finish at the Dunlop Phoenix Open in Japan, he is clearly still capable of flashing brilliance week-to-week.
He currently ranks 11th on Tour in Par 5 Birdie or Better Percentage, which could well be key this week and that, on top of some good play on an unsuitable course last week gives a lot of reason for optimism. In his last three starts, Ancer has finished T16 Valspar , T13 Corales and T8 Houston and should he keep this form up he may well contend for his second win as a professional and first on the PGA Tour.
A winner already on the Web. Nothing stands out statistically for Ancer, but his all-round game is clearly in solid shape right now and his recent experiences and form will certainly help him here.
He did play here back in , making the weekend and eventually finishing T42 but he will be hoping for a much better showing this time around. Perhaps this is finally the week for him. Horschel missed the cut last year, but finished fourth in and third in If you want a horse for course guy, he might be it.
Horse for course plays tend to be pretty popular, especially at these events with weaker fields and these are probably the best on the board. Ollie Schniederjans generally plays well on courses that are loaded with tough par 4s and TPC San Antonio certainly fits that mold. This tournament used to be played as part of the fall series, but it was moved to the week before the Masters in This will be the second straight year that it will be played after the Masters, as PGA Tour officials decided to break up the Texas events.
This has been a challenging layout for the players in recent years. Steven Bowditch, one of just four foreign-born players to win at TPC San Antonio since , was victorious at just 8-under in This course is pretty wide open, but the length can certainly wreak havoc with players. A lot of errant shots wind up in very thick, very dry brush and those shots are virtually unplayable.
The par 3 16th hole has a bunker right in the middle, so players can have some trouble off the tee. The reason scores are generally unimpressive here is because two of the four par 5 holes are over yards and another is over , so those are hard for players to rack up birdies. Many of the par 4s are long as well and the par 3s have challenges like water hazards or bunkers in the greens.
This is a course that will reward accuracy, but really punish those that are erratic. Kuchar almost always plays well at Augusta and kept that going this year with a fourth-place finish. He was 11th last week at the RBC Heritage with a final-round He was fourth in , but finished 15th in and 42nd in