The Valero Texas Open was first played in 1922 as the Texas Open. It is the third oldest PGA Tour event and has always been played in San Antonio.
The Valero Texas Open is the oldest professional golf tournament to have been held in the same city its entire existence. Since 2010 the tournament is played at the AT&T Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio.
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. Last year, the tournament moved to the slot prior to the year’s first major championship. As the last full field event before the Masters, it gives players one last chance to get into the field with a win.
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.
2020 Valero Texas Open | Cancelled
The 98th edition of the Valero Texas Open was cancelled two weeks before the tournament due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
2019 Valero Texas Open | Corey Conners
In 2019, Canadian Corey Conners, captured his maiden victory on Tour at the Valero Texas Open. A rollercoaster final round -6 (66) included 4 Pars, 4 Bogeys and 10 Birdies. The 27 year old finished -20 (268) for the week which was enough for a two-stroke victory over his nearest rival Charley Hoffman.
”No more Monday qualifying. That’s the best deal from this. Amazing. It’s a dream come true.”Corey Conners
Almost 87% of his overall strokes gained for the week came tee-to-green. He finished the week 2nd in the Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green which equated to a gain of 14.370 strokes. In particular his approach play was sublime topping the pile in the Strokes Gained Approach-The-Green (11.558 strokes). Other stats for the week include T7 for Driving Accuracy, 27th for Driving Distance, 1st for GIR and 26th for Strokes Gained Putting.
2018 Valero Texas Open | Andrew Landry
In 2018, Andrew Landry won the Valero Texas Open for his first PGA Tour victory. The 30 year old Texan carded a final round -4 (68) for a two stroke victory over Trey Mullinax and Sean O’Hair. Mullinax closed with a 69 a day after breaking the AT&T Oaks Course record with a 62.
Landry’s game tee-to-green was superb finishing the week 1st in both the Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green and Strokes Gained Approach-The-Green categories. His play with the flat-stick duly complimented his tee-to-green play finishing 8th for Strokes Gained Putting. Landry was also T29 for Driving Accuracy, 46th for Driving Distance, 1st for GIR and 4th for Putts per GIR.
2017 Valero Texas Open | Kevin Chappell
The 2017 champion, 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.
2016 Valero Texas Open | Charlie Hoffman
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 a breakdown of his strokes gained shows that his putting contributed 47% of his total strokes gained on the field and his approach shots contributed another 37%.
Valero Texas Open Winning Formula
The following table details the breakdown of the Strokes Gained in each of the strokes gained categories for the past three champions of Valero Texas Open.
|2017||Kevin Chappell||4.383 |
|2019||Corey Conners||4.327 |
Taking the average in each of the strokes gained categories reveals the following “winning formula”.
Valero Texas Open Betting Tips
Ryan Palmer 28/1 (E/W) – as you would expect, the Texas native is a regular at the Valero Texas Open. Missed the cut in his previous two visits to TPC San Antonio, but prior to this he had a run of three Top 6 finishes. Has six Top 25 finishes from eleven starts this season including a T17 in his last stroke-play outing in the PLAYERS. A solid all-round game puts him an impressive 2nd in this week’s Stats Analysis. He is also 3rd on Tour for Birdie Average. Looks as consistently strong as anyone in this week’s field. Value pick just off radar.
Brendan Steele 33/1 (E/W) – a former champion of the Valero Texas Open, winning here in the 2011 edition of the tournament. Since his victory he has three Top 13 finishes in the tournament. The 37 year old’s game is trending nicely at the moment. Followed up a T41 in the PLAYERS with a T3 in his last outing at the Honda Classic. Around PGA National he was 23rd in Strokes Gained Approach-The-Green and more notably 6th in Strokes Gained Putting. Places just inside the Top 30 in this week’s Stats Analysis table. Arriving in good form to a place where he has past success is a good mix for the California native. Good each way value.
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