By Ryan Knuppel
The Valero Texas Open is this week and we are handicapping two more plays for you on the PGA Tour. Before we get into this week, let’s take a look at what happened last week. Both of our golfers made the cut and our top golfer, Luke Donald, went into Sunday in 6th place, down by only 4 strokes. Donald took over the 1st place, but fell to second place to eventually winner Wesley Bryan. This was Donald’s 2nd second-place finish in a row at RBC Heritage, and his 7th Top 3 finish at the tournament. With that being said, we need to turn the page and move on to the next tournament, the Valero Texas Open.
You can see my full recap of the RBC Heritage by clicking here.
The Valero Texas Open is played at TPC San Antonio - AT&T Oaks in San Antonio, Texas. Greg Norman designed this course, and has been the host of the Valero Texas Open since 2010. TPC San Antonio consists of narrow fairways that are lined with some big oak trees, and on some holes are very tight. The greens are Bermuda grass so they are fast and having a good putter on this course is especially important. Long ball hitters also seem to do well here as the course plays at Par 72, just under 7,500 yards.
The tournament will consist of approximately 150 golfers. This week, we have narrowed that list down to five golfers that we looked at, and narrowed that list down once again to two golfers that we will be betting. Let’s take a look at who we like this week for the Valero Texas Open.
Last year’s winner, Charley Hoffman, is back and it is hard to pick golfers without at least mentioning his name. In his 7 times he has played here, Hoffman has finished no worse than 13th! He has a WIN-2-3-11-11-13-13. When you talk about a course horse, he is the cream of the crop and the top dog all in one.
A golfer that we are looking at this week with a bang or bust history is Matt Kuchar. Kuchar has played here five times and made the cut all 5 times. His best placing was a 4th place finish in 2014. He is coming into this tournament off an 11th place finish at the RBC Heritage and a 4th place at the Masters.
Ryan Palmer is another golfer that has a great history here. He has played at the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio all 7 years it has been played and has made the cut in 6 out of 7 times. Palmer is coming in off an 11th place finish at RBC Heritage and in his last 2 times here at TPC San Antonio, he placed 4th and 6th.
If you like taking risks and believe in course history, then take a look at Billy Horschel. Horschel has played at TPC San Antonio the past 6 years and made the cut 5 out of 6 years. He has placed T4 or better in 3 of the last 4 years.
One golfer that has put together a great year is Brendan Steele. Steele has not missed a cut at all this year, playing out the weekend in all 9 tournaments. Steele also has decent course history at TPC San Antonio winning this event back in 2011, placing 4th the following year, 8th in 2015 and 13th last year. Some golfers just play well at some courses and Steele plays well here!
Pick of the Week: Brendan Steele
Underdog Play of the Week: Billy Horschel