Listen to the podcast on Valero Texas Open below for an more in-depth view:
Texas Open Key Stats:
Strokes Gained: Tee to Green
Strokes Gained: Approach
Par 4 Scoring
Birdie or Better
The Valero Texas Open is played at TPC San Antonio, and this track is one of the hardest courses on tour every season. It’s a long course where the winds can pick up and make it more difficult that usual. GIR% are typically low here which is a reason I’ll be targeting players who have a solid approach game, especially recently. This also leads to scrambling, due to how many GIR will be missed. At 7,435 yards, it’s also quite a long course and if you check out previous winners and top finishers, DD is a common theme among them. Below is a list of players that I will be targeting. This field is about as gross as Mama June after hot yoga (Thanks, Wade). There’s your warning! So tread lightly into the cast of characters below that have made my short list of potential targets. As usual, I target a very small group of golfers and build my lineups from there. This doesn’t mean I believe these are the only good players this week. I narrow down my field by a couple of different metrics including recent form, stats, course history, ownership, etc.
Upper Tier – Charlie Hoffman 10.7k, Brendan Steele 9.9k, Brendan Grace 10.0k
Upper Mid. – Kevin Chappell 9.4k, Adam Hadwin 9.1k, Billy Horschel 8.9k
Middle – Ryan Palmer 8.6k, Ben-An 8.5k, Tony Finau 8.4k
Lower Mid. – HVIII 7.8k, JJ Spaun 7.8k, Martain Laird 7.7k, Keegan Bradley 7.6k, Luke List 7.6k
Low – Daniel Summerhays 7.0k (caution), JT Poston 6.9k, Sung Kang 6.6k, Rafael Campon 6.2k
Cam Smith 100/1
Round 1 – Bradley over Donald, -110.
FRL – Stefani, HVIII, Loupe
I didn’t care for any of the h2h matches my book posted, but may choose some 3-ball matches once they are posted.
RBC Heritage Recap:
Below are the results of the $150 single entry, in which I placed 19th. Overall it was another solid week ending in profits. I had a decent shot at taking this down until Dufner and Kisner decided to hit the self-explode button.