With one week of preparation before the Masters, the Valero Texas Open could be a nice tune up for those who participate. TPC San Antonio isn’t exactly the easiest golf course due to high winds and massive amounts of trees and rocks for the golfers who want to overhit. Have success this week and you can build serious momentum Augusta.
Here are five golfers to consider throwing on your card this week.
Rickie Fowler, +1000 - Rickie Fowler will be making his debut at this event, but he’s easily the favorite to win when you take a look at the field. Fowler has the short game needed to dominate this course and is somebody who has a history of putting together strong showings before a major. Fowler hasn’t missed a cut since the Players Championship back in May and has eight top-20 finishes in his last 12 events. While I usually try to find true dark horses in these articles, Fowler and a strong chance to make 10 times your money is something you can’t pass up.
Abraham Ancer, +4000 - Abraham Ancer has been boom or bust these past several months, as it seems he either misses the cut or finishes in the top-25. Ancer has put it together these last couple of events, playing well last week in match play and having a top-15 performance at the Players Championship. Ancer has finished 21st or better in five of his last eight times making the cut. Ancer is averaging a finish of 50th in his two appearances at the Valero Texas Open, but he’s a Texas guy, so he should be used to these conditions. I’ll take a shot.
Jim Furyk, +3000 - Jim Furyk is playing his most consistent golf in several months, which includes an average finish of 11.5 in his last four events. Furyk is first in driving accuracy percentage and second in scoring average. Furyk has also made the cut in each of his last five trips at the Valero Texas Open, and he’s finished 15th or better in three of those appearances. Furyk should probably be in the top-five in terms of guys who can win this week, and these odds don’t reflect that.
Tony Finau, +1600 - Tony Finau feels due for a breakout performance after some recent hit and misses and not really threatening the leaderboard since the WGC-HSBC Champions. Finau usually takes advantage of a watered down field, and he did finish third in his second ever appearance at the Valero Texas Open in 2017. It’s always close but no cigar with Finau, but this course and the wide open field plays into his hands. I wouldn’t be shocked at all if he gets his second career PGA victory.
Ryan Palmer, +5500 - Ryan Palmer is a true dark horse this week if you’re able to overlook him missing the cut in three of his last six events. Outside of a fourth place finish at the Honda Classic, there hasn’t been a whole lot to get behind when it comes to Palmer lately. The good news is few have the experience or success that Palmer has at the Valero Texas Open, finishing 15th or better in four of his last six appearances and making the cut 10 out of 16 starts. This is a home course for Palmer and he’s clearly comfortable at TPC San Antonio. Don’t let the current form scare you away.