The Valero Texas Open, Outright Preview


The PGA Tour moves to the TPC San Antonio for this week’s Valero Texas Open and we pick 4 players to take on the bookmakers.

With the US Masters just round the corner a number of players are looking to fine tune their games and a quality field lines up for this event with Rickie Fowler heading the betting at 12/1 at the time of writing.

The San Antonio’s Oaks Course is tree lined, but with wide fairways, that being said you can’t afford to be too wayward and finding the short stuff off the tee is a big positive at this course and is more important than distance because wandering into the trees can spell serious trouble.

The course plays to a par 72 and winning scores generally range from around -8 to -14 and so is certainly a decent test for the players.


Recent Winners

2018 – Andrew Landry -17

2017 – Kevin Chappell -12

2016 – Charley Hoffman -12

2015 – Jimmy Walker -11

2014 – Steven Bowditch -8


The Betting

Rickie Fowler 12/1

Tony Finau 16/1

Matt Kuchar 20/1

Billy Horschel 22/1

Jordan Spieth 25/1

Jason Kokrak 30/1

Sung-jae Im 30/1

Jim Furyk 30/1

33/1 and better the balance



Ryan Moore each way at 50/1

Moore hasn’t been in great form of late, although he did finish 20th in the Players Championship and so I think he has a good chance on a course which suits him and where he has played out two Top 10’s in his last 3 starts.


Charley Hoffman each way at 50/1

I was actually hoping for a bit bigger on Hoffman who has excellent course form, all be it he hasn’t really performed here for the last couple of years.  His current form hasn’t been great though but a Top 20 in his last start has clearly been noted by the bookmakers.


Jason Kokrak each way at 30/1

Kokrak has been in excellent form and was runner-up two weeks ago in his last start that was his 3rd Top 10 in 4 starts.  His course form has been a bit inconsistent, but he does have a couple of Top 15’s over the years and given he looks a much improved player could be a big runner this week.


Justin Harding each way at 80/1

I always enjoy having a South African in the staking plan and was very impressed with Harding last week in the Match Play where he gave Rory Mcilroy a real run for his money.  He makes his course debut, but his form this year has been excellent and prior to the Match Play he had a runner-up finish and a win on the European Tour.

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