OAD: Valero Texas Open 2019

Giddy up!

My OAD nag is heading to the GLUE FACTORY if we don’t get this season turned around shortly!

Local and 2015 champ Jimmy Walker should be on your radar this week if you’re looking to make up ground.

One and Done

Each week I’ll throw in my thoughts on the field and those to back and avoid in this wonderful format.

This Year:

Event Golfer Place $$
Safeway Open Brendan Steele T53 14,610
CIMB Classic Ryan Moore T66 12,740
CJ CUP @ 9 BRIDGES Gary Woodland 2nd 1,026,000
WGC-HSBC Champions Ian Poulter 21st 93,500
Sanderson Farms Cameron Davis MC 0
Shriners Aaron Wise T15 101,675
Mayakoba Golf Classic Charles Howell III MC 0
The RSM Classic J.J. Spaun MC 0
Sentry TOC Jon Rahm T8 191,000
Sony Open Marc Leishman T3 307,200
60th Desert Classic Andrew Putnam T34 29,975
Farmers Insurance Patrick Cantlay MC 0
WMPO Hideki Matsuyama T15 113,600
AT&T Pebble Beach Jason Day T4 334,400
Genesis Open Justin Thomas 2nd 799,200
WGC-Mexico Champ Xander Schauffele T14 128,000
Puerto Rico Open Graeme McDowell T42 10,500
The Honda Classic Adam Scott MC 0
Arnold Palmer Invitational Rickie Fowler T40 35,490
THE PLAYERS Championship Sergio Garcia T22 125,000
Valspar Championship Patrick Reed MC 0
Corales Punta Cana Trey Mullinax T61 6,450
WGC-Match Play Paul Casey T9 167,000
Total Events: 23 Top 10s: 6 MC: 6 $3,496,340

Last Time: Valspar Championship & WGC-Match Play

My Choice: Patrick Reed – MC

Damn near DFL and I couldn’t be HAPPIER!

I don’t mind this at all. I hate grinding all day Friday to have a guy three jack from 8 feet to miss. This is proper. Captain America indeed! HUGH ESSAY HUGH ESSAY HUGH ESSAY!!!

Safety Dance: Sergio Garcia – T54, Paul Casey – WIN, Jon Rahm – T6

Spicy: Ryan Moore – MC, Keith Mitchell – DNS, Adam Hadwin – MC

Picks for Dreamers: Jim Furyk – T18, Kevin Kisner – T24, Jason Kokrak – T2, Lucas Glover – T13

Picks for Noses: Bubba Watson (not with Augusta, Travelers) – T4, Dustin Johnson (any week when the prize pool is greater than $9 million) – T6, Henrik Stenson (form) – T24.

 Six Beers In: J.T. Poston – MC, Sungjae Im – T4, Kelly Kraft – T46


Winner: Paul Casey

I’m never crazy about this format because of the difficulty it is just to get through the group phase.

I did bag the two finalists in my bracket but had BOTH OF THEM losing in the semis and playing for third! Getting half of the final four in this format is impossible so I’m going to hurt my shoulder patting myself on the back.

This Week

On a track that rarely plays easy, Andrew Landry rolled into town last April and turned in the tournament record for his first TOUR win. Of the previous nine winners four have been first-timers on TOUR. Kevin Chappell, Charley Hoffman and Jimmy Walker had barrels of success before they finally broke through. Even Martin Laird had a T9 before his win in 2013.

TPC San Antonio usually is at the mercy of the wind and weather but this week looks to be nice. That should, by default, make the fairways even wider and scoring even easier. The rough is only two inches and the greens only run 11′ on the Stimp so playing the “conditions” shouldn’t be the issue.

Check my preview here for more details.

My Choice: Billy Horschel

Safety Dance: Matt Kuchar, Tony Finau, Jim Furyk

Spicy:, Ryan Moore, Aaron Baddeley, Jhonattan Vegas, Charley Hoffman

Picks for Dreamers: Jason Kokrak, Lucas Glover, Lucas Bjerregaard, Jimmy Walker

Picks for Noses: Rickie Fowler (no form, never played the event), Jordan Spieth (Masters or bust right now),

 Six Beers In: Ryan Palmer, Sungjae Im, Kelly Kraft


History Channeled:

2017-18 Thermometer: FINAL

Event Golfer Place $$
Safeway Open Tony Finau 2nd 669,600
CIMB Classic Paul Casey T7 218,166
CJ CUP @ 9 BRIDGES Keegan Bradley T47 23,759
WGC-HSBC Champions Hideki Matsuyama T50 51,875
Sanderson Farms Chesson Hadley T2 464,400
Shriners Patrick Cantlay WIN 1,224,000
OHL Classic Kevin Chappell MC 0
The RSM Classic Charles Howell III MC 0
Sentry TOC Kevin Kisner T17 99,333
Sony Open Brian Harman T4 256,266
CareerBuilder Challenge Jason Dufner T36 27,189
Farmers Insurance Jon Rahm T29 43,872
WMPO Alex Noren T21 80,040
-AT&T Pebble Beach Phil Mickelson T2 488,400
Genesis Open Dustin Johnson T16 111,600
Honda Classic Graeme McDowell MC 0
WGC-Mexico Tommy Fleetwood T14 126,500
Valspar Championship Ryan Moore MC 0
Arnold Palmer Tyrell Hatton T69 18,067
WGC-Match Play Patrick Reed T9 163,000
Corales Puntacana Patrick Rodgers T22 27,850
Houston Open Luke List T24 54,162
Masters Jordan Spieth 3rd 748,000
RBC Heritage Cameron Smith T32 35,510
Valero Texas Open Billy Horschel T11 136,400
Zurich Classic Bud Cauley MC 0
Wells Fargo Championship Bryson DeChambeau 4th 369,600


THE PLAYERS Francesco Molinari MC 0
Ft. Worth Invitational Adam Scott T52 16,472
AT&T Byron Nelson Jimmy Walker T6 257,950
Memorial Tiger Woods T23 76,985
FESJC Henrik Stenson T26 50,820
US Open Justin Rose T10 270,151
FESJC Xander Schauffele MC 0
Quicken Loans National Kyle Stanley T32 36,841
A Military Tribute Bubba Watson T13 121,632
John Deere Classic Zach Johnson T16 81,366
British Open Rory McIlroy T2 694,250
RBC Canadian Open Charley Hoffman T29 37,743
Barracuda Martin Laird T15 51,000
WGC-Bridgestone Invite Rickie Fowler T17 104,250
PGA Championship Brooks Koepka WIN 1,980,000
Wyndham Brandt Snedeker WIN 1,080,000
THE NORTHERN TRUST Jason Day T20 101,160
Dell Technologies Marc Leishman T21 100,800
BMW Championship Gary Woodland T12 189,000
TOUR Championship Justin Thomas T7 279,900
Total Events: 47


Top 10s: 15 MC: 7 $10,967,909


2015-16 Season total: $5,978,929; 47 events

  • Wins: 2 (Matsuyama, Hoffman)
  • Seconds: 0
  • Thirds: 1
  • Top 10s: 9
  • Top 25s: 18
  • MC: 8 (Mickelson, FIO; Oosthuizen, SHO; Chappell, Colonial; Casey, Memorial; Woodland, FESJC; Hearn, RBC Canadian; McGirt, Wyndham; Justin Thomas, DBC)

2016-17 Season total: $6,533,509 45 events

  • Wins: 1
  • Seconds: 1
  • Thirds: 1
  • Top 10s: 12
  • Top 25s: 20
  • MCs (10): Grayson Murray (Safeway Open); Patton Kizzire (SFC); Jamie Lovemark (CB Challenge); Jimmy Walker (FIO); Charl Schwartzel (Genesis); Russell Knox (Honda); Henrik Stenson (API); Thomas Pieters (Zurich); Kevin Kisner (WFC).


Thanks for reading!

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