With one eye on the Masters this week, I have a few selections who stick out.
Interesting mix of veterans and newbies have littered the leaderboard the last few years.
Valero Texas Open
TPC San Antonio
AT&T Oaks Course
|Yards (per official scorecard):||7,494|
|Greens:||Champion Bermuda; 6,400 square feet.|
|Rough:||Bandera Bermuda over-seeded with Rye and fescue at two inches.|
|Bunkers/Water Hazards||64/3 (water in play on 3 holes).|
|Architects:||Greg Norman (Sergio Garcia) 2010.|
|Course Record (last):||62; Trey Mullinax, Round 2 (2017).|
|Purse:||$7.7 million; $1.386 million and 500 FedExCup points (winner).|
- Field of 144.
- Top 65 and ties play the weekend.
- AT&T Oaks Course has hosted since 2010 so any data before that is not on my radar.
2020-2021 Season Winners
*- First-time winner
**- First-time winner AND rookie winner
|Safeway Open||Stewart Cink|
|120th United States Open||Bryson DeChambeau|
|Corales Punta Cana Championship||Hudson Swafford|
|Sanderson Farms Championship||Sergio Garcia|
|Shriners Hospitals for Children||Martin Laird (playoff)|
|CJ CUP @ SHADOW CREEK||Jason Kokrak*|
|ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP||Patrick Cantlay|
|Bermuda Championship||Brian Gay|
|Vivint Houston Open||Carlos Oritz*|
|84th Masters Tournament||Dustin Johnson|
|The RSM Classic||Robert Streb|
|Mayakoba Golf Classic||Viktor Hovland|
|Sentry TOC||Harris English|
|Sony Open in Hawaii||Kevin Na|
|The American Express||Si Woo Kim|
|Farmers Insurance Open||Patrick Reed|
|Waste Management Phoenix Open||Brooks Koepka|
|AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am||Daniel Berger|
|The Genesis Invitational||Max Homa|
|WGC – Championship at The Concession||Collin Morikawa|
|Arnold Palmer Invitational||Bryson DeChambeau (2)|
|THE PLAYERS Championship||Justin Thomas|
|The Honda Classic||Matt Jones|
|WGC- Match Play||Billy Horschel|
|Corales Puntacana||Joel Dahmen*|
Check out HORSES FOR COURSES for more details and angles for this week.
Previous Winners: *Playoff
|2020||No Event||COVID-19 Cancellation|
|2019||Corey Conners||-20||Tournament record in benign conditions; first time TOUR winner.|
|2018||Andrew Landry||-17||Tournament record in benign conditions; first time TOUR winner.|
|2017||Kevin Chappell||-12||Closed out his first career 54-hole lead for his first TOUR win.|
|2016||Charley Hoffman||-12||Defeated Patrick Reed by a shot.|
|2015||Jimmy Walker||-11||Local blasted Jordan Spieth by four.|
Facts and Figures:
|Lowest Rounds – Last Year||64; Charley Hoffman, Ryan Moore|
|Defending Champion(s) Event:||Never.|
|Multiple Champion(s) Entered:||Nope.|
|First Time – TOUR:||Conners, 2019 Landry, 2018 Chappell, 2017 Steele, 2011|
|First Time – Event||Steele.|
|Local Winner:||Landry (Austin), Walker (Boerne).|
|Odd Fact:||3rd oldest event (non-major) on TOUR.|
|Odd Fact II:||San Antonio is the longest serving host city of any TOUR event (1922).|
Last 3 = all first timers and four of the last six.
Weather and wind plays a huge factor as this course gives up the most TRIPLES or better and has only three water hazards on three individual holes.
If the weather and wind do not factor, there’s plenty of room off the tee to give it a knock. Rough of two inches suggests recovery shots can also happen.
Champion Bermuda greens are more narrow than they are wide so accuracy pays. So does scrambling for those who aren’t.
Par-5 holes are some of the toughest on TOUR annually.
So are the fairways and greens to hit.
The weather looks on the “average” to “good” side as of Wednesday morning so I’d blend lineups with scoring guys and power guys.
This track plays the most difficult on the FRONT nine so be patient, haha.
With the Masters next week, there are 23 players prepping here.
Chalk – Betting favorites and my opinions on them
Jordan Spieth (+1200): Added this to his schedule in 2019 after last appearing in 2015 suggests he likes what The Oaks Course has to offer. Top 10 should suffice.
Scottie Scheffler (+1600): Fantastic Match Play but did it wear him out on the weekend grinding thru the wind? At 16-1 you better hope not! T20 on his last visit with MC at THE PLAYERS and T5 Concession before. I’ll wait for Augusta.
Tony Finau (+1600): Speaks more to the lack of top line depth in this field with a major next week. I prefer Finau on non-Bermuda so I’m out.
Hideki Matsuyama (+1800): New to the event, I like that he’s trying to get something brewing before Augusta but he’s been woefully inconsistent.
Abraham Ancer (+2200): Local resident will have that pressure to deal with on top of trying to pick up his first TOUR win. He’s never MC in three tries and never cashed better than T42 either. Top 20.
Corey Conners (+2200): I almost never endorse first time defending champions because, well, it’s their first time! The hassle of everything that goes with it takes away from the preparation for the week. Don’t forget, there are not any multiple winners or repeat champions in the 10 year history here. Conners can break that trend but he’ll do so on your dime. Top 20.
Ryan Palmer (+2800): The windier the better! I can’t remember the last time he didn’t play the weekend so he’s in decent nick and has no problem with the length. Top 10.
Charley Hoffman (+3000): Fell off the radar with a bogey-quad close last week at Corales but has been in excellent form. My first win ticket of the week plus Top 10 and Top 20 as insurance.
My Long Shots and Others 33-1 or worse
Cameron Tringale (+3500): Making cuts for fun. T20.
Si Woo Kim (+3500): If my choices are him or Tringale, I’ll enjoy the volatility of the Korean who set the 36-hole record here last year and led after 54 holes before T4. Top 10.
Brendan Steele (+4000): No country for old men doesn’t apply this week. They know how to get it around plus he’s cashed eight straight on TOUR. His T3 at Honda came on the back of a big time Sunday in windy conditions at Palm Beach Gardens. Skinny win ticket, Top 10, Top 20.
Cameron Davis (+4000): Fits the first timer angle and the AMEX contender angle (Landry x 2) and knows how to play in the wind. Top 20.
Sam Burns (+5000): Went ice cold in Florida but the Louisiana native gets an almost home game this week. Top 20.
Branden Grace (+5500): A pair of top 10s here before and a win in the breeze in Puerto Rico doesn’t dissuade. Top 10.
Sepp Straka (+7000): Top 20, Top 10.
Sam Ryder (+9000): Win ticket, Top 10, Top 20.
Top 20 plays
To Make The Cut
Last Week’s Recap
The WGC Match Play bracket was my form last week.
Not much to brag on there.
This section will be filled next week.
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