Valero Texas Open Free Picks
SAN ANTONIO, TX (ATS Consultants) - The PGA Tour heads East from South Carolina to San Antonio, Texas for the Valero Texas Open.
The tournament dates back to 1922 and has always been played in the San Antonio area. This year the tournament is being played on the AT&T Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio where it has been for the last two years. It is a Par 72, 7522 yard course that was designed by Greg Norman with the consultation of Sergio Garcia and was opened in February 2010. The course was rated the most difficult Par 72 on tour last season with the thick rough and tight fairways playing havoc on the field.
Matt Kuchar is the favorite to win the tournament and is the biggest name in the field. Only one player from the FedEx Cup top 10 and the money list top 10 is in the field and that’s Johnson Wagner, who is 25-1. The defending champion is Brendan Steele (50-1) but he’s the lone champion from the past four years that is back in San Antonio.
Kevin Na 20-1
Na is the second favorite here and why not. He’s playing well after a T4 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and a T12 at the Masters. Last year, he had a T4 at Hilton Head. The South Korean who lives in Las Vegas, has made 10 cuts in 11 events this year. He has a scoring average of 70.45, ranks 19th in the FedExCup and 52nd in the World Golf Rankings. He has made over $12 million in his career with one win and three second-place finishes.
Bud Cauley 30-1
Cauley had three consecutive top 15s before finishing T37 at Harbour Town. He’s 30th on Tour in ball striking, 25th in the all-around and 23rd in body avoidance. The 23-year old who attended the University of Alabama has made 9 cuts this year in 11 events. His best finish on the PGA TOUR in 2012 is T4th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He ranks 24th in Scoring Average on the PGA TOUR, ranks 36 in the FedExCup and has a scoring average of 70.27.
Matt Every 80-1
Every shared eighth place last week after shooting a field low-67 on Sunday. He finished T24 at Bay Hill three weeks prior. He ranked T2 in Strokes Gained-Putting at Harbour Town and carded only six over-pare holes all week. This longshot has been boom or bust this year as he’s missed the cut in five events, but he also has three top 10s to his credit. He finished a respectable T30 last year in San Antonio