Once again we had a week where in the final round it was one or two shots that cost us a victory. Keegan struggled for most of the final round but turned in on near the end and almost pulled it out. He needed a birdie on the final hole to force a playoff and his attempt just brushed by the hole.
The field this week is comprised of some players playing in preparation for The Masters. They will be joined by a long list of players just hoping to have the opportunity to participate in the Masters. To do so they will have to win in one of the next two weeks in Texas.
Located in San Antonio, Texas, this course has only been the home of the Valero Texas Open for 4 years. TPC San Antonio AT&T Oaks Golf Course) is a 7435 yard Par 72 course that demands a player’s full attention and creativity. With a plethora of different holes and ways to play the golf course, fans should be treated to another very exciting week.
The course only features 3 water hazards and 58 bunkers (though they are placed very well), but instead utilizes the player’s difficulty to hit fairways and greens. Course designer Greg Norman did an excellent job making the course a test for the Tour professionals. With windy conditions expected this week, put a premium on Driving and ability to hit Greens in Regulation.
The most difficult hole on the course is the 454-yard 1st hole. A Par 4 to begin the players round that will test them right out of the gate. The average score here over the last 2 years has been 4.2, meaning most players will be thrilled to walk away with a par.
The easiest hole on the course over the past 2 years has been the Par 5 14th. This hole has played to a stroke average of 4.6 and is a must birdie on this course. At 567 yards it is the shortest of the Par 5’s, and with an accurate drive most players will go for it in 2.
With very little top end talent, the field is a little more wide open than most weeks. This means we can find some value with players who have played well this year but have not won. We will also look into players who have previously played well at TPC San Antonio.
Four of the World’s Top 15 players will be participating in the Masters tune up this week (Phil Mickelson 5th, Zach Johnson 10th, Matt Kuchar 11th, Jordan Spieth 13th). There are a slew of players competing this week who are currently eligible to play in the Masters. As this is a tune up for some, look for certain players to have more on the line than others (not saying Matt Kuchar doesn’t want to win this week but I can guarantee you he is thinking about how badly he wants to win his first major).
VALERO TEXAS OPEN PICKS
Here is one of the six-pack system picks I’ve sent out to members. If you want access to all of my picks this week all you will need to do is sign up at www.GolfBanker.com.
JORDAN SPIETH 20 TO 1 – This just seems like the perfect week for the Texas alum to pick up his first victory of 2014. You can make a case for Jordan almost every week, as his talent is incredible, but I especially like him at the AT&T Oaks Golf Course. Spieth has finished inside the Top 25 in 7 of his 9 events this season, and he will be in contention again this week. Jordan was born in Texas and will have plenty of hometown support. I really like what happened for Jordan at the WGC Match Play as it appeared he did a lot of maturing. Spieth understood that he let his emotions get the best of him, and he will be a better golfer for it. When you watch Jordan at the AT&T Oaks Golf Course make note of his ability to bounce back from a bad hole. Jordan ranks 8th in Birdie or better Percentage, and actually makes a birdie 25% of the time on the next hole after a bogey. Spieth is the best player playing this week and he will prove that to everyone with a win.