There is one final PGA Tour stop before the first Major of the season, which takes place this week in San Antonio at the Valero Texas Open. Situated right before The Masters, the field will take a hit with many high-profile players beginning preparations at Augusta, consequently Rickie Fowler is the only member of the OWGR’s top-10 scheduled to compete. And not surprisingly he’s listed as the betting favorite with odds of +750 at BookMaker.eu. Defending champ Andrew Landry, who tamed the course with a 17-under last year, is back to try for a repeat. Below is a list of matchup odds for the tournament taking place at the TPC San Antonio Oaks Course.
Valero Texas Open Matchup Odds at BookMaker.eu
Jordan Spieth +110 vs. Jason Kokrak -130
Billy Horschel +100 vs. Jason Kokrak -120
Lucas Bjerregaard +110 vs. Luke List -130
Ryan Moore -140 vs. Charley Hoffman +120
Rory Sabbatini -120 vs. Scottie Scheffler -110
Justin Harding -105 vs. Trey Mullinax -115
Joaquin Niemann -115 vs. Jimmy Walker -105
Joost Luiten -115 vs. Aaron Baddeley -105
Ernie Els -110 vs. Harold Varner III -120
Nick Taylor -155 vs. Martin Kaymer +135
Rickie Fowler -135 vs. Matt Kuchar +115
Rickie Fowler -120 vs. Tony Finau +100
Andrew Landry -110 vs. Brian Harman -120
Tony Finau -125 vs. Matt Kuchar +105
Jim Furyk -120 vs. Lucas Glover +100
Jim Furyk -110 vs. Sungjae Im -110
Mackenzie Hughes +125 vs. Sam Burns -155
Si Woo Kim -125 vs. Sung Kang +105
Bud Cauley -110 vs. Austin Cook -110
Kramer Hickok -120 vs. Kyle Stanley -110
Ollie Schniederjans +105 vs. Chesson Hadley -125
Joel Dahmen -110 vs. Dylan Frittelli -110
Jonathan Byrd -120 vs. Beau Hossler -110
C.T. Pan -160 vs. Grayson Murray +130
Brendan Steele -110 vs. Chris Stroud -120
Andrew Putnam -115 vs. J.T. Poston -105
Scott Stallings -135 vs. Wyndham Clark +105
Sungjae Im -110 vs. Lucas Glover -110
Brian Gay -135 vs. Danny Lee +105
Kevin Streelman -110 vs. Kevin Tway -120
Haotong Li -110 vs. Jhonattan Vegas -110
Byeong Hun An -140 vs. Abraham Ancer +120
Martin Laird -120 vs. Padraig Harrington -110
Chris Kirk -135 vs. Kelly Kraft +105
Kyoung-Hoon Lee -110 vs. Nick Watney -120
Daniel Berger -115 vs. Ryan Palmer -105
Jordan Spieth -115 vs. Billy Horschel -105
J.B. Holmes -110 vs. Graeme McDowell -110
Russell Henley +100 vs. Denny McCarthy -120
Peter Uihlein +105 vs. Ryan Armour -135
Need To Know
It’s time to break out the big dogs on this lengthy 7,435-yard layout. The TPC San Antonio fairways are forgiving off the tee and distance is much more important than accuracy on those shots. The overall length and difficult par 5s tend to keep scores down and we’re not going to see many eagle opportunities. Even with four par 5s the course has never averaged under par. Andrew Landry’s 17-under last year was three shots better than any previous titleist since 2010 on this track. The course is exposed to the elements and winds in south Texas are notoriously strong. The forecast calls for tame conditions, but that can and likely will change without notice. Also, if not already invited, a spot in The Masters is given to the winner and only 17 in the field have qualified for the first Major.
Valero Texas Open Matchup Picks
Haotong Li -110 vs. Jhonattan Vegas
Li is down the odds board after missing the cut in his last two stroke play events, but he showed signs of breaking out last week by winning his group and advancing to the round of 16 at the WGC Match Play. He had success earlier this year on the Euro Tour with a solo second at the Saudi International and this field plays into his game. Li’s driving distance and par 5 scoring rank among the best on Tour, though it’s a small sample size. He’s also had strong showings on traditional windy layouts against stiffer competition, and that should come in handy here.
Jason Kokrak -120 vs. Billy Horschel
A pair of top-15 finishes in seven trips to San Antonio isn’t all that special. But take into account Kokrak’s recent form, coupled with his course knowledge, and he becomes a keeper in this matchup. A T2 at Valspar a few weeks ago was his third top-10 in his last four starts and his stats have been off the charts. Kokrak rates out among the leaders in strokes gained tee-to-green and approach, with consistent ball-striking that should allow him to run the course. Horschel has promising course history, but his ball-striking has been an issue of late and that’s deadly.
Tony Finau +100 vs. Rickie Fowler
Fowler is the favorite to win the event, but Finau remains steady in his game. He lost in group play at last week’s WGC Match Play, so he got some work and didn’t have to pay the price of a long weekend, though I’m sure he would’ve rather done that. Still, he has three top-25s in his last three stroke play events and he’s made it to the weekend in every stroke play start this year. He’s improved with the flat stick and has a T3 here two years ago. Fowler’s been off since THE PLAYERS and he’s making his tournament debut on a beast of a course. I’ll take Finau while Rickie figures it out.
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