144 players take to the field to battle it out for the title of The Valero Texas Open winner. 500 FedEx cup points are on offer this week and an amazing winners share of up to $1,116,000 which could be the reason for this star-studded line-up.
The infamous AT&T course plays host to the Texas Open and is renowned as one of the best around. Sergio Garcia assisted Australian Greg Norman in the design of the 7,522 yard par 72 as part of the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa.
The Valero Texas Open is the third oldest PGA Tour tournament after being first played in 1922. This obviously excludes the US open and the PGA championship. The Valero Texas Open has been played a total of 84 times and each time has been played in San Antonio.
There is no doubt who the favourite is and he needs no introduction, but I am going to give him one anyway. Phil Mickelson hasn’t had the best start to the 2014 season and hasn’t really done much since his win at last years British Open. In his last seven starts he has not had a single top ten finish and missed the cut at the Honda Classic. But of course form is temporary but in Phil’s case class is permanent and whatever form he is on he can always pull a win out of the bag. This is the reason he is always one of the favorites no matter how he is playing or who is playing alongside him. A great example of how you can never rule Big Phil out of a tournament is of course last years British Open. Mickelson made four birdies in his final six holes to win his fifth major. He reached the par 5 seventeenth with two incredible shots to then follow that up with a birdie on the final hole to win on three under par. You simply can’t rule him out of anything, especially when he sits on an inviting 16/1 odds on winning outright.
For the last two tournaments my tip of the day has come in the top 4. Luke Donald played outstanding in the Valspar Championship where he came tied for fourth and Adam Scott finished third in last weeks Arnold Palmer Invitational Open. I am hoping I can continue my little run and predict another golfer to do well. This week it has been quite a tough decision in comparison to the last few weeks as there are many golfers in the line-up who are more than capable of winning. But I have come to a decision and this week I am backing the American Jimmy Walker. He has played in eleven events in the new 2014 season and has only managed four top ten finishes. You may think well four out of eleven isn’t that impressive in comparison to some golfers this year. However, three of these top ten finishes saw him win the event. Three wins already on the PGA Tour and a sixth position make up his four top ten finishes and certainly make him a contender in this weeks Texas Open. The American tops the FedEx Cup standings and the US Money list. His odds of 20/1 do not do him justice at all.