Valero Texas Open
TPC San Antonio
Past Champion: Charley Hoffman
Two weeks removed from the Masters and the PGA Tour season is in full swing. After an exciting RBC Heritage last week, and with Wesley Bryan (Fore Rights Darkhorse) getting his first Tour win, we move on down to Texas. This week we are at TPC San Antonio for the Valero Texas Open. With a less than stellar field this week, and the Players still about a month away, the average golf fan may not find this week of golf too exciting. However, there are a few storylines this week that can make for some interesting golf.
Hint: Ian Poulter SUCKS!
Can Hoffman Repeat?
Why do I feel like Charley Hoffman has been a topic of conversation way too often lately? This guy sucks, not as much as Poulter, but Hoffman does nothing for me. His name seems to be at the top of leaderboards on Thursday and Friday, but come the weekend him and his Dumb and Dumber looking face disappears. Even though everyone and their mother loves him this week, as I stated in my Right in the Fairway DK Picks blog, I am fading Hoffman. No repeat this year Harry….I mean Charley.
Everything’s Bigger in Texas
This adage holds true this week at TPC San Antonio playing to over 7,300 yards, including three of the Par 5’s over 590 yards! Especially with winds expecting to swirl all week, these Par 5’s are going to be playing long, and as a big hitter myself (sick brag) I can’t wait to see the players attack them. As it did last year with Hoffman, the 591 yard Par 5 18th hole should provide plenty of drama coming down the stretch on Sunday.
No More Poulter?
$30,624 stands between us and an Ian Poluter-less PGA Tour. Finishing up his last start on his Medical Exemption, Poulter needs to make $30,624, which would mean a T-37 finish or better this week or else he will lose his PGA Tour card. PLEASE GOD! Like I need air to breathe, I need Poulter to choke down the stretch and come in 38th place. Let’s just hope Poulter isn’t a Fore Right reader because he is prone to trying to get normal people fired from their jobs for no good reason.
2017 Valero Texas Open Prediction
Tony Finau (+2800)
As I alluded to earlier, TPC San Antonio plays long, but luckily for Finau he hits it long, averaging 306.2 yards in Driving Distance. While distance of the tee will be important this week, other aspects of the game I am looking at, especially considering the long par 5’s, are Strokes Gained on Approach Shots and Greens in Regulation, which Finau ranks 35th and 7th respectively. With a mediocre field picking a winner is very difficult, but I believe Finaus game complements this course very well and the value is there at +2800. For that reason, I am in on Tony Finau this week.
Darkhorse of the Week
Jamie Lovemark (+8000)
Sticking with the Nike sponsors and long hitters this week. Lovemark who has made 6/9 cuts this year (nice) could also become the 7th first time winner on Tour this season.
**Last Weeks Darkhorse Wesley Bryan (+6500) was a winner**
When you wake up from your Spring weekend nap and find yourself watching the Valero Texas Open be sure to follow Fore Right on Twitter for updates throughout the weekend. Enjoy this week at the Valero Texas Open, and just remember we are only a couple tournaments away from The Players Championship.