Valero Texas Open Preview and Betting Tips

Craig Edwards

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 9:00 AM UTC

Tuesday, Apr. 2, 2019 9:00 AM UTC

Craig Edwards @EdwardsTips_ previews the Valero Texas Open

<h2><strong>Date, April 4-7</strong></h2><h2><strong>Course, TPC San Antonio – AT&amp;T Oaks Course</strong></h2><h2><strong>Par 72</strong></h2><h2><strong>Yards 7435</strong></h2><p>The Texas Open is a long-established event on the PGA tour dating back ninety-seven years to 1922. With that history it is no surprise that some of the sport's greats like Sam Snead, Ben Hogan and Arnold Palmer are previous champions. It has been played at the Oaks Course at the TPC San Antonio since 2010.</p><p>The course was designed by double Open Champion Greg Norman and is a lengthy tree-lined course with rolling greens. A demanding test of accuracy combined with length offering multiple strategic approaches to many holes tests the players. Maturity combined with long hitting while coping with the wind that is associated with Texas have often been the assets needed at one of the tours toughest venues.</p><p>The event has been brought forward a few weeks in the PGA tour schedule taking the place of the Houston Open prior to the Masters and it will be interesting to see if last week’s Puntacana Championship becomes a good form guide. A couple of Texas Open specialists Martin Piller and David Hearn played well although both have not made this year’s field.</p><p>Last season Andrew Landry won at 200/1 (201.00) following Kevin Chappell, Charley Hoffman, Jimmy Walker, Steven Bowditch, Martin Laird, Ben Curtis, Brendan Steele and Adam Scott as the previous course winners of the event.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;A New Tradition Begins 🏆 &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Valero Texas Open (@valerotxopen) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;March 28, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><h2><strong>Verdict</strong></h2><p>A former champion Charley Hoffman is the player who is always close to the top of my list for the Texas Open. With three top 3 finishes in the last eight seasons, six of them being in the top 20 we know the Oaks Course is well suited to his game. This season so far has been poor by the veteran Californian’s high standards but last week’s Valspar Championship 18<sup>th</sup> place finish suggested his game is ready to contend again.</p><p>Two further eye catchers at the Valspar Championship were Austin Cook who finished 9<sup>th</sup> and the 2017 RSM Classic winner debut last season here suggested he would be comfortable with the course demands for future years. The Englishman Luke Donald was the other making me wonder if there is a resurgence around the corner for the former world number one.</p><p>Ryan Palmer has looked a champion in waiting for several years and with three top 10 finishes in the last four years we need to respect his chances. This season he has three top 10 finishes already so an easy bet to advise.</p><p>Jim Furyk has become a regular mention in this weekly article and again this week he has a solid chance with two top 10s in his last four appearances here. We will not get the 80/1 we did a few weeks ago but he has all the qualities needed to navigate this tricky layout.</p><p>A proven winner the Australian Aaron Baddeley appears to have a new consistency this season often getting into contention. His last seven starts here have yielded four top 20 finishes and with the current improved form we can expect a solid display.</p><p>The little known American Richy Werenski made me look twice despite being generally out of form this year but did threaten better at the Players Championship and last years 11<sup>th</sup> reads well.</p><p>A player to consider with great course form is former champion Brendan Steele who showed a glimpse of his old form a few weeks ago at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in what has been a tough season so far.</p><p>Grayson Murray was an interesting name back to form at last week’s Dominican Republic event after a long spell in the doldrums following a brilliant 2017 rookie season. His last top 20 finish on the PGA Tour was this event last season so an interesting time for him to be finding his feet again.</p><p>A few interesting performers in Top Rest of the World market, firstly the progressive young Mexican Carlos Ortiz (15th in 2015) who is threatening a big performance week in week out this season. The South African Dylan Frittelli is trying to establish his credentials on the PGA Tour having already done so on the European Tour in recent years. The last two weeks he has been solid rather than spectacular but that will be needed on this tough layout and like Ortiz his college years were spent in the State learning his trade. Two weeks ago, Ernie Els completed his 300th career top 10 at the Maybank Championship and at the age of forty-nine the globe-trotting superstar shows no signs of slowing down. Last year when out of form he managed a 30th finishing position so this year the multiple major winner can be expected to play well.</p><p> </p><h2 style="text-align:center"><img alt src=";height=1680&amp;fit=crop" style="width:600px;height:315px" /></h2><p><strong>Recommended Bets </strong></p><p><a href=";a=1ba923f3-5341-4bda-b457-0138ac61ae7a" target="_blank" title="Snooker Betting Tips"><em><strong>Charley Hoffman - each way @ 50/1 (50.00) Betfred</strong></em></a></p><p><a href=";a=1ba923f3-5341-4bda-b457-0138ac61ae7a" target="_blank" title="Snooker Betting Odds"><em><strong>Austin Cook – each way @ 80/1 (81.00) Betfred</strong></em></a></p><p><a href=";a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356" target="_blank" title="Snooker Betting Odds"><em><strong>Carlos Ortiz – each way – Top Rest of World @ 40/1 (40.00) Paddy Power </strong></em></a></p><p><a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" target="_blank" title="Snooker Betting Odds"><em><strong>Ernie Els – each way – Top Rest of World @ 33/1 (34.00) Bet365</strong></em></a></p>
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