Valero Texas Open 2016 Betting Preview

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Matt Kuchar (ew)Tournament Winner22/1Paddy Power
Daniel Summerhays (ew)Tournament Winner66/1Coral
Kevin Chappell (ew)Tournament Winner50/1Coral

Venue

The Valero Texas Open has been held at the 7,400 yard Oaks Course at the TPC San Antonio since 2010, with the event won in that time by Adam Scott, Brendan Steele, Ben Curtis, Martin Laird, Steven Bowditch and Jimmy Walker. The course balances narrow tree-lined fairways rewarding accuracy off the tee with several wider fairways which allow for a more tactical approach to the greens.

Favourites

There will have been few more convincing winners on the PGA Tour last year than Walker, who won this tournament by four shots from Jordan Spieth, who himself was a further three shots clear of the rest of the field. Walker returns to defend and with Spieth absent following his Masters meltdown he is the 16/1 favourite to retain his title with Paddy Power, who are offering seven places for each-way bets. Last week our 40/1 tip Branden Grace obliged at the RBC Heritage and the talented South African is no bigger than 20/1 with Paddy Power for this event as he continues to make his name on the PGA Tour. Zach Johnson is a two-time winner of this event, albeit at a different venue, and he is at 22/1, with Matt Kuchar, Brooks Koepka and Brandt Snedeker also among the market leaders.

Tips

Matt KucharA couple of years ago MATT KUCHAR was just about the most consistent performer on the PGA Tour, making the cut week in, week out. He was sixth in the FedEx Cup standings in 2013 and eighth a year later. His standards have slipped since but over the last few months there have been signs that the spark is returning. He was eighth at the Northern Trust Open, 11th at the Valspar, played well at the Masters and was in the top 10 again at the Heritage last week. Paddy Power are offering best odds of 22/1.

DANIEL-SUMMERHAYS-GOLFERDANIEL SUMMERHAYS has not been producing spectacular results on tour this season, far from it, but that doesn’t usually trouble him ahead of his trips to San Antonio, where he has placed in the top five in the last two years after finishing 7th three years ago. Golf betting is often about horses for courses, and the 33-year-old’s game is clearly suited to this layout. Coral are offering best price 66/1, with six places for each-way bets.

Kevin-Chappell-GolferKEVIN CHAPPELL‘s best end-of-season FedEx Cup standing to date is 45th in 2013, but it’s a measure of his improvement so far this season that he is currently in 22nd place. He’s been runner-up at two events as he seeks a first career success and he was back inside the top 10 on Sunday at the Heritage. He’s had his moments at San Antonio, too, including finishing second behind Steele in 2011. Coral offer a stand-out 50/1.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Matt Kuchar (ew)Tournament Winner22/1Paddy Power
Daniel Summerhays (ew)Tournament Winner66/1Coral
Kevin Chappell (ew)Tournament Winner50/1Coral