The 98th running of the Texas Open gets underway on Thursday (AEDT) from San Antonio’s famed Oaks Course.
Just one week out from The Masters, this time honoured event remains one of the most popular dates on the PGA Tour, largely due to its long-running history and generous $7.4 million prize-pool.
Three-time winner Arnold Palmer once graced the Oaks greens, as well as famous Australian winners Adam Scott and Steven Bowditch. This year Australia’s hopes rest on Aaron Baddeley and Cameron Davis’s shoulders, but with a host of top players heading south, be sure to check out our complete 2019 Valero Texas Open Preview below before you make your bets.
2019 Valero Texas Open Best Bet
Tony Finau – $17.00
Finau heads to TPC San Antonio with a chip on his shoulder after coming up short to Kevin Kisner in last week’s Match Play tournament. The 29-year-old will be eager to return to the opening round form we saw at TPC Sawgrass a fortnight ago where he tied for 22nd, but there’s every chance Finau cracks the Top 10 if he can find some consistency on the greens. Finau tied for third at this event in 2017, and with a year off, remains a huge sleeper to earn his second win on Tour.
2019 Valero Texas Open Top 5 Finish
Billy Horschel – $5.00
The five-time Tour winner has certainly been around the money this year. Horschel owns five Top 30 finishes so far, but it’s his form in San Antonio that really makes him a threat this weekend. Horschel has tied for fourth and 11th on this course and has also gone eight months without missing a single cut. Ranking eighth in putting, don’t be surprised if Horschel cards a low score this weekend.
2019 Valero Texas Open Top 10 Finish
Aaron Baddeley – $4.00
Here’s a guy that knows the ins and outs of TPC San Antonio. Baddeley tied for 16th at last year’s Texas Open to claim his fifth Top 20 finish. His best result came in 2017 where he finished fifth behind Tony Finau, Keven Tway, Brooks Koepka and overall winner Kevin Chappell. More recent form suggests Baddeley could also wind up among the leaders on the final day. If it wasn’t for a disappointing final round 71 at Corales last week, the Aussie easily could have finished inside the Top 3 after three brilliant opening rounds.
2019 Valero Texas Open Field
Rickie Fowler – $11.00
Fowler returns to the course following a lengthy two-week break after falling outside the Top 40 at last month’s Players Championship. The American was quick to join the 2019 winners circle in Phoenix earlier this year, while his runner-up placing at The Honda Classic also puts him in good stead to contend for The Masters crown. As far as this weekend’s event goes, Fowler will be looking to return to form as he makes his Texas Open debut. Ranking 21st in the PGA’s tee-to-green rate should help him cope with a difficult but short 18th hole at the Oaks.
Jordan Spieth – $21.00
Spieth finished runner-up at TPC back in 2015, his last appearance at this event. Unfortunately, it’s tough to take on the American this weekend given his recent run of disappointing finishes. Spieth has missed the cut twice this year, most recently at The Players last month. He’s also finished outside the Top 50 on two separate occasions, largely due to inaccuracy off the tee. If nothing else, Spieth should make for an interesting watch as he tees off alongside Billy Horschel on Thursday.
Jim Furyk – $26.00
Finishing runner-up to Rory McIlroy at The Players last month has seen Furyk soar up to 21st in the FedEx Cup standings. The veteran Tour master owns six Top 20 finishes in 2019 and wasn’t disgraced at this event last year tieing for 26th. Furyk’s results on the course this year also speak for themselves: he ranks ninth in the PGA’s approach-the-green rate after nailing 14 birdie putts at the Valspar Championship a fortnight ago.
Chesson Hadley – $81.00
Hadley hasn’t won on Tour since 2014, but he’s still tremendous value to upset some of the favourites this weekend. The 31-year-old quietly finished inside the Top 20 at the Phoenix Open, The Honda Classic and the Arnold Palmer, while his form in San Antonio also warrants a mention. Hadley tied for fourth at this event in 2015 and 20th last year. After a strong finish to the Tour’s Florida Swing, keep an eye out.
Kevin Streelman – $126.00
Streelman is one of many sleepers in this year’s Texas Open field. The 40-year-old has won only twice on Tour but owns considerable form at TPC San Antonio with three Top 15’s and an eighth-place finish to his name. Average golf fans might recognise Streelman from his seventh-place finish at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am earlier this year, but really, the American has quietly been checking all the boxes. Streelman ranks 10th on Tour in fairways hit.