Valero Texas Open betting tips & predictions – the Valero Texas Open was first played in 1922 as the Texas Open and is the 3rd oldest PGA Tour event. The tournament has always been played in San Antonio and is the oldest Professional Golf tournament to have been held in the same city its entire existence.
TPC San Antonio opened in January 2010 with two 18-hole championship golf courses designed by Pete Dye (AT&T Canyons Course) and Greg Norman (AT&T Oaks Course).
In 2007 and 2008 the event was part of the PGA Tour Fall Series as an alternate tournament to the Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup.
The AT&T Oaks Course has served as the venue for the Valero Texas Open since 2010 and is the eighth local course to have hosted the event. The course was designed by Greg Norman with Sergio Garcia as player consultant. The 7,435 yard Par-72 is a traditional design that features narrow, tree-lined fairways.
The collaboration between Norman and Garcia produced a course design that focuses on quality ball-striking, with an emphasis on precision tee to green. Driving Accuracy is important and any wayward tee shots will be punished. In 2011 Kevin Na carded a 16 on the Par 4 9th hole in the opening round.
The course requires patience and usually ranks as one of the more difficult for Greens in Regulation. Greens will be missed so an important statistic to consider is scrambling. The wind tends to be a factor in Texas, so experience in manoeuvring the ball in windy conditions can be important.
Last year, Kevin Chappell landed his first PGA Tour title at the Valero Texas Open. Chappell birdied the final hole to finish one stroke ahead of Brooks Koepka. His play tee-to-green for the week was on point. He finished 2nd for Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green gaining an impressive 13.265 strokes on the field average for the tournament. He finished T35 for Driving Accuracy, T25 for Driving Distance, 3rd for GIR and 21st for Stokes Gained Putting.
In 2016, Charley Hoffman birdied the final hole to finish -12(276) and beat Patrick Reed by one stroke. It was his fourth win on Tour and after he said;
“I’ve been putting well all week.”
A breakdown of his strokes gained shows that his putting contributed 47 percent of his total strokes gained on the field and his approach shots contributed another 37 percent.
Valero Texas Open Betting Tips 2018