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 local favourites Charley Hoffman, Adam Scott, Brendan Steele, Ben Curtis, Martin Laird, Steven Bowditch, Jimmy Walker and, last year, Kevin Chappell. 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.
Valero Texas Open Favourites
It’s a rest week for many of the PGA Tour’s leading players, but Sergio Garcia is back in action as he bids to shrug off his disappointing defence of his Masters title and the Spaniard is the market leader at 14/1* with Bet365. Matt Kuchar continues to be a model of consistency and the popular American is at 18/1* with Coral, with 2016 winner Hoffman at 22/1* with the same firm. Luke List continued his recent purple patch by finishing third at the RBC Heritage on Sunday and he’s at 25/1* with Bet365, who are also offering Ryan Moore at a best price of 28/1*. Defending champion Chappell comes next at 30/1*, also with Bet365.
Valero Texas Open Tips
Every player has a course that appears to be a perfect fit for his game and for Chappell it’s the TPC San Antonio. The world number 43 enjoyed his only PGA Tour victory to date here last year, while he has achieved two other top five finishes at this venue, including in 2016. He has missed the cut in the last couple of weeks, but his form before that was strong, including three top 10s so far this season, the most recent of which came at the Arnold Palmer Invitational last month. At 30/1* with Bet365, he’s the clear pick of the top 10 in the betting.
Billy Horschel has enjoyed his visits to Texas in recent years, finishing in the top five three times between 2013 and 2016, and after a disappointing start to the season his fifth place at last week’s RBC Heritage could be the springboard for a brighter summer. He’ll certainly be confident of maintaining that high standard of performance at a course that has been kind to him. The four-time PGA Tour winner is at 35/1* with Bet365.
Chesson Hadley made a flying start to his PGA Tour career last autumn with three successive top five finishes after graduating from the Web.com Tour. It was always going to be tough for him to sustain that level of performance, but he has had a couple more top 10s since then, including on Sunday at the RBC Heritage, where he finished seventh. Nine months ago he was outside the world’s top 400, but he’s now up to 71st and looks a good each-way pick at 40/1* with Betfred.
*Odds subject to change.