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Valero Texas Open: Expert Picks

Matt Kuchar gets his win this week.

PGA: Valero Texas Open - First Round Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Tournament Information

Valero Texas Open
Date: April 4-7
Course: TPC San Antonio Oaks Course
Purse - $7.5MM ($1.4MM to winner)
FedEx points – 500 to winner
2018 Winner: Andrew Landry (-17)

Course

TPC San Antonio Oaks Course. Built in 2010 by Pete Dye and designed by Greg Norman, this course’s fairways will run a bit tighter than the golfers are used to from other events. Trees line the holes providing a tunnel to guide through each hole. The course is designed to challenge but complement situations. Players going downhill with find the wind coming at them and on the flip side wind will aid their treks uphill. Given these amenities, it is a bit of a wildcard in terms of success.

My Starting 4

Ryan Palmer (1st selection this year) – One of the most consistent players here with top 10 finishes three of the last four years.

Matt Kuchar (2nd selection this year) – Fresh off a very near defeat at the end of last week to Kevin Kisner, Matt travels to San Antonio where he has top 40 finishes each of the last three years.

Charley Hoffman (1st selection this year) — Love me some Charley Hoffman as he is drastically underrated as a player. A handful of missed cuts but he finished 18th last week.

Abraham Ancer (2nd selection this year) — Gut feeling that he comes in bit this week with how well he’s been hitting the ball. He’s 51st overall in strokes gained off the tee.

My Bench 2

Tony Finau (2nd selection this year) — While Tony has had a handful of top 25 finishes lately it’s been almost 4 months since a top ten finish...until this weekend.

Jordan Spieth (1st selection this year) — He is having a really bad season and I predict it comes together for a top 20 finish this week.


2019 Stats

Starting 4: Avg Finish 42nd place (33rd percentile)
Bench 2: Avg Finish 54th place (43rd percentile)

Fun Factoid: Arnold Palmer won 3 times here