Valero Texas Open
Many of the top Tour stars are taking a rest this week and several of the best Euro players are headed back overseas, but a solid field remains to take on the TPC San Antonio, including defending champion Adam Scott. With any luck, a wide-open field full of hungry youngsters will produce the same type of finish that we saw a week ago. The Valero Texas Open has a long history in the San Antonio area, but the TPC San Antonio will be serving as the host course for just the second year. The par-72 layout will play over 7,500 yards for the championship and features two par-5s that measure over 600 yards. A Greg Norman design makes the track flow a bit different than your normal Texas course, but the challenge of hitting the ball long and in the fairway remains, along with the potential for the wind to become a major factor. TPC San Antonio played as the 17th most difficult course in the 2010 Tour rotation and the winning score should come in the 12 to 16 under par range.Â Two of my picks are below to win this great tournament.
Adam Scott- +1000
The defending champ got off to a so-so start in 2011 but has come on strong with a T6 finish at the WGC-Cadillac and a T2 at the Masters in recent starts. A 66/67 finish to grab the win last year is a good indicator that something about the course fits his eye and his stat sheet looks pretty well suited for another run this year. Scott hits the 11th most fairways on Tour and is long enough to come in at 10th in total driving along with the 15th best Greens in Regulation %. No one has a better birdie or better percentage on the par-5s than Scott and that will be a factor this week.
Bo Van Pelt- +2200
After missing the cut in four of his first five starts this year, Van Pelt has righted the ship and made some noise on Sunday at Augusta, eventually finishing T8. BVP did play here last year and notched a T28, and that course familiarity will give him an advantage over the first timers at least. Bo is currently 3rd in total driving and in the top-35 in both fairways hit and ball striking so the tee to green game is looking good. The putter has been spotty, but he did putt well to get in contention last week and there arent many tougher greens that what he saw at the Masters.