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02 Apr 2019 by Sam Vickers

The 2019 Valero Texas Open Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is the 2019 Valero Texas Open? Thursday 4th to Sunday 7th of April 2019

Where is the 2019 Valero Texas Open? TPC San Antonio - AT&T Oaks, San Antonio, Texas, USA

What is the total prize fund of the 2019 Valero Texas Open? $7,500,000

What television channel can I watch the 2019 Valero Texas Open on in the UK? Sky Sports Golf

Where can I stream the 2019 Valero Texas Open in the UK? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the tournament online via Sky Go

Where can I get tickets for the 2019 Valero Texas Open? https://www.pgatour.com/tourna...

What is the yardage around TPC San Antonio, Oaks Course? 7,435 yards

What is the par around TPC San Antonio, Oaks Course? 72

What is the predicted weather for the 2019 Valero Texas Open? Cloudy during the opening day's play with sun breaking through as the day progresses. Winds picking up slightly on Friday with overcast conditions followed by scattered thunderstorms predicted over the final two rounds which is likely to cause some delays.

The Texas Open is the final PGA Tour stop before The Masters, and the last opportunity to make the field for the first and perhaps most anticipated major of the season. The tour heads to TPC San Antonio (AT&T Oaks) and offers similar conditions to Augusta – tight lies, minimal rough and fast greens – in an attempt to get the strongest possible field to come as a tune-up for Georgia.

The Valero Texas Open has thrown out a variety of winners since 2009 with many players claiming their first PGA Tour title in the process. As the third oldest tournament on the tour it was often regarded as a tournament that the game’s biggest names must play, but since the tournament moved to the week before The Masters in 2011, many of the top players choose to take the week off.

Scoring since 2009 has been varied with the winning total in single-digits on three occasions and with a tournament low around the Oaks Course of 17 under par in 2018. Furthermore, the winner has typically dominated the field, with an average winning margin of 1.5 strokes, resulting in there being just one playoff in that time.

THE FAVOURITES

Billy Horschel

Having claimed his fifth and last PGA Tour victory in April 2018, the 2014 FedEx Cup winner has six top 25 finishes to his name already this season. However, with just one of those a top 10, his game is on the cusp of contending once again. With an average finishing result of 24th here since 2015, which includes back-to-back top fives in 2014 and 2015, this is clearly a layout Horschel knows well and will have a strong chance of claiming another PGA Tour title.

Graeme McDowell

The Northern Irishman claimed his fourth PGA Tour victory at last week’s Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, a victory that somewhat came from nowhere. Still, the former U.S. Open winner has all the credentials to return to his former levels and has a longshot at earning his way into The Masters field with another victory this week. A T27 finish here in 2017 suggests the course suits his game and with the likely firmer conditions, there is a possibility that his confidence and form can see him tee it up at Augusta next week.

Ryan Palmer

Without a PGA Tour victory since 2010, Palmer has come close several times in recent seasons, most notably at this season’s Honda Classic where he finished T4 after a final round 63. Furthermore, the native Texan had recorded three straight top 10 finishes here between 2015 and 2016, and with this home support and current form, it could see him finally claim his fourth tour title.

THE OUTSIDERS

Chris Kirk

Without a top 10 since June 2018 and eight missed cuts already this season, the American heads to Texas with no signs of form. However, with three top 15 finishes here since 2015 and a T15 finish on tour just three starts ago, his form could be on the point of turning around. At this exact stage last year, he headed to Texas with virtually the same results as this season and ended up finishing T8 before going on a consistent run of results until the FedEx playoffs.

Charley Hoffman

The American recorded a T11 finish here in 2015 and followed that up with a victory the following year to record his fourth and last PGA Tour victory in 2016. With just two top 25s to his name this season, the typically consistent Hoffman is struggling for form thus far. However, he recorded his highest finish during his last outing since July 2018, suggesting his game is starting to return. Additionally, a runners-up finish here in 2011, after showing minimal form in the build-up, highlights just how comfortable he is around this layout.

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