Tips Re-Cap

  • ZACH JOHNSON (USA) 50/1 – PP Paying 8 Places £5EW
  • CHARLEY HOFFMAN (USA) 30/1 – PP paying 8 Places £5EW
  • MATT KUCHAR (USA) 40/1 – PP paying 8 Places £5EW
  • LANTO GRIFFIN (USA) 55/1 – PP paying 8 Places £5EW
  • DOUG GHIM (USA) 80/1 – PP paying 8 Places £5EW
  • BYEONG-HUN AN (KOR) 66/1 – PP Paying 8 Places £5EW

Valero Texas Open

The Texas Open, known as the Valero Texas Open for sponsorship reasons, is a professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour, played near San Antonio, Texas. It dates back 99 years to 1922, when it was first called the Texas Open. San Antonio-based Valero Energy Corporation took over naming rights in 2002. It is played at The Oaks Course at the TPC San Antonio, northeast of the city. The Valero Energy Foundation is the host organization for the Valero Texas Open.

The event is currently managed by Wasserman Media Group. In 2003, it was the site of the 72-hole PGA Tour scoring record of 254, shot by Tommy Armour III. Many big-name players have won this tournament, including Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, and Arnold Palmer, who won it three years in a row. It has always been considered a tournament where it is relatively easy to shoot low scores. Since 1934, every tournament winner has finished with a score under-par.

It has always been played in San Antonio area, and is the sixth oldest professional golf tournament worldwide, the third oldest on the PGA Tour and the longest held in the same city.

TPC San Antonio

TPC San Antonio is a golf resort in the southern United States, located in the Cibolo Canyons area north of San Antonio, Texas.

Opened in February 2010, the resort features two 18-hole golf courses: the AT&T Canyons Course designed by Pete Dye, in consultation with Bruce Lietzke, and the AT&T Oaks Course designed by Greg Norman, in consultation with Sergio García. Both courses are members of the Tournament Players Club network operated by the PGA Tour. The Oaks Course has hosted the tour’s Valero Texas Open since 2010. The Canyons course was the venue for the AT&T Championship on the Champions Tour from 2011 to 2015.

Previous Results

2020 Canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2019 Canada Corey Conners 268 −20 2 strokes United States Charley Hoffman 1,350,000 7,500,000
2018 United States Andrew Landry 271 −17 2 strokes United States Trey Mullinax
United States Sean O’Hair
1,116,000 6,200,000
2017 United States Kevin Chappell 276 −12 1 stroke United States Brooks Koepka 1,116,000 6,200,000
2016 United States Charley Hoffman 276 −12 1 stroke United States Patrick Reed 1,116,000 6,200,000
2015 United States Jimmy Walker 277 −11 4 strokes United States Jordan Spieth 1,116,000 6,200,000
2014 Australia Steven Bowditch 280 −8 1 stroke United States Will MacKenzie
United States Daniel Summerhays
1,116,000 6,200,000
2013 Scotland Martin Laird 274 −14 2 strokes Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy 1,116,000 6,200,000
2012 United States Ben Curtis 279 −9 2 strokes United States Matt Every
United States John Huh
1,116,000 6,200,000
2011 United States Brendan Steele 280 −8 1 stroke United States Kevin Chappell
United States Charley Hoffman
1,116,000 6,200,000
2010 Australia Adam Scott 274 −14 1 stroke Sweden Freddie Jacobson 1,098,000 6,100,000
2009 United States Zach Johnson (2) 265 −15 Playoff United States James Driscoll 1,098,000 6,100,000
2008 United States Zach Johnson 261 −19 2 strokes South Korea Charlie Wi
New Zealand Tim Wilkinson
United States Mark Wilson
810,000 4,500,000
2007 United States Justin Leonard (3) 261 −19 Playoff Sweden Jesper Parnevik 810,000 4,500,000
2006 United States Eric Axley 265 −15 3 strokes United States Anthony Kim
England Justin Rose
United States Dean Wilson
720,000 4,000,000
2005 United States Robert Gamez 262 −18 3 strokes United States Olin Browne 630,000 3,500,000
2004 United States Bart Bryant 261 −19 3 strokes United States Patrick Sheehan 630,000 3,500,000
2003 United States Tommy Armour III 254 −26 7 strokes United States Loren Roberts
United States Bob Tway
630,000 3,500,000
2002 United States Loren Roberts 261 −19 3 strokes United States Fred Couples
United States Fred Funk
United States Garrett Willis
630,000 3,500,000

My Picks 

ZACH JOHNSON (USA) 55/1 – PP Paying 8 Places

Zach has found some form lately. We all know what a class player he is and this place could be just the track to fine tune his wedge play before Augusta. We were at the RSM Classic over the weekend in November last year and he looked so good playing some of the best golf of the week, shooting low sixties to finish in a tie for sixth spot.

I reckon he turns up here and smashes it winner of the event in 2009 he has also had a couple of top ten’s over the past six years so what’s not to like, in fact his form coming in this week is better than his three best performances.

What is also nice is to see his driving accuracy improving and also his greens in regulation trending in the right direction. With Zach though this week it will be won on the greens with only a handful better on strokes gained putting playing here this week.  

MATT KUCHAR (USA) 40/1 – PP paying 8 Places

Matt’s performance last week in the match play has sparked a new lease of life into him and can only bring a positive vibe into this week’s event.     

If fatigue does not play a part then I think he will score well around here all four rounds. He is one of the best putters in the game and we all saw that first hand last week. The tee to green part of his game is improving and his scrambling game is one of the best on Tour.   

So lots to like with him around this track. He hits it very straight off the tee and sets up some good approach play and having not won for a couple of years this could be the stepping stone to a great Masters bit of history for him. Peaking at just the right time I feel to play him here

DOUG GHIM (USA) 80/1 – PP paying 8 Places

For those that have been with us from the start of 2021 you remember this name and for good reason he was our great place return with odds around 250/1. In fact since then he has not had a better finish than when we tipped him up.

This course for me is right up his alley and could see him getting an even better result for us this week.     

He ticks so many boxes here that we would be silly to leave him out.

  • SG – Approach the Green – 20TH PGA Tour
  • SG – Around the Green – 59TH PGA Tour
  • SG – Tee to Green – 28TH PGA Tour
  • SG – Total – 36TH PGA Tour

Driving accuracy is good, proximity to hole very good. Off the tee is my only worry but with some wider landing areas this week it could be something we might get away with. If he shoots in the sixties round one watch out we should have another good watch over the weekend.  

CHARLEY HOFFMAN (USA) 30/1 – PP paying 8 Places

Am going to stick with Charley and I wonder why LOL could this be the guy who turns up for us a week late. We have to be turning this unlucky stretch soon.

So what’s not to like about Charley here this week, he blew all chances of a place for us last week with what can only be described as a nightmare final round 77, there is no way he does that here I mean if he has the field average for that day 70 he ends up in a tie for fourth place.

History around here counts for a lot this has been his results here since 2009 –

9/13/2/13/3/11/11/1/40/64/2 Pretty impressive don’t you think.

This could our player to change our season and start this roll so well deserve.  

LANTO GRIFFIN (USA) 55/1 – PP paying 8 Places

For me it’s time to see Lanto back in the winner’s circle very soon. I feel this could be that week.

Not the best match play performance last week but means he got here early and looks set to fine tune his game and go low here this week.

He had a top yen at the Farmers this year and has been steady making the cut, just having the odd bad round here and then which has cost him a higher finish. What I like within his game this week is his ability to gain strokes approaching the green and of course one of the best putters on the PGA Tour.

He holds a good wind game and it should suit him if it gets tough coming down the stretch.                                                                                                                                 

BYEONG-HUN AN (KOR) 66/1 – PP Paying 8 Places 

The team have said if I don’t put him in I will regret it so like last week with our late edition with Sam Ryder 36/1 finishing in runners up spot Byeong goes in.

He has only played this event twice so not that much experience but what is important is his record here, his first appearance he ended up in 40TH position and then the last time it was played he managed a great top ten.

I can see why now the team wanted him in. I saw some video footage the team took of him on the putting green and boy he looks like he has changed something with his equipment and set up and that needed to happen he has been dreadful on the greens this season. He gives away far too many shots per round and this will need to change if he is ever going to win on the PGA Tour.

So that said if he gets the flat stick working like we have seen in practice we should see him hopefully make the cut and then who knows.       

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