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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Twofer Tuesday: Valero Texas Open

This week we move to the Tour's last stop in Texas, the Valero Texas Open.

Hole #1 at TPC San Antonio

TPC San Antonio always gives the pros all they can handle. It's over 7400 yards and has four par-5s -- uncommon at a pro event these days -- yet the course has NEVER averaged under par. (Last year the average was 72.367.) The course can be windy and the greens are hard to putt even when the winds are down.

All of this leads to surprise winners... and since the final Masters spot is awarded to the winner of this event, that spells opportunity for the players this week. says that, as of Monday afternoon, only 17 players in the field are in the Masters.

And that brings us to my Tuesday Twofer. I haven't done as well as I'd hoped over the last few weeks -- I still can't get over JT getting crushed in pool play last week -- so I'm throwing caution to the Texas winds.
  • My Top10 pick this week is Abraham Ancer. Ancer didn't do so well last year, placing T58 in his first appearance. But he's not a rookie anymore and, while his play has been a bit up-and-down this season, he had a T12 and a T17 in his last two starts (THE PLAYERS and WGC-Match Play). Given that those were both first appearances for him, I think he might have the game to excel on this tight course.
  • And my pick to win is Aaron Baddeley. Despite an MC at THE PLAYERS, his last four events have been T2-T17-MC-T7 (that last one at the alternate event last week). Baddeley scrambles and putts so well that I think TPC San Antonio fits him, and he seems to be in form to take advantage of that fit.
Granted, I have no idea how these players will do this week. And there are other wild cards in the field -- like Rickie Fowler, making his first-ever appearance -- who could easily be the surprise winner this week since he has no record here. But maybe I'll get lucky this time.

GC's live coverage begins Thursday at 3:30pm ET. You can get all the TV times (and a link to all the Thursday tee times) at this page.


  1. In addition to Tony's preview, could you please mention my two articles on Champions Retreat and Mission Hills?


  3. There are two more Texas stops this season - five next season