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The Valero Texas Open

By GolfGuru - 4 years ago in PGA News

The Valero Texas Open

The PA Tour rolls on this week with the third oldest tournament on the Tour and the fifth oldest tournament in North America, the Valero Texas Open. It does hold the distinction of being the oldest tournament still held in the same city since its inception, San Antonio, Texas.

It’s been held at several different golf courses over the years, but always ones in San Antonio.

The tournament doesn’t feature a lot of the tour’s big-name golfers, which means daily fantasy players will need to do a little digging to figure out who to select.

So–who are the daily fantasy-worthy players this week? As always, that’s a great question. But first…

How about a little information about the course and weather?

TPC San Antonio, or to be more precise, the AT&T Oaks Course, will host the tournament for the eighth consecutive year. The course is 7,435 yards long and a par-72.

Normally, at this time of year, it is already pretty hot across the state of Texas, but the temperature is going to drop to a fairly comfortable level by Thursday. But it is going to drop for a reason.

For the first round on Thursday, it is expected to be partly cloudy, 68 degrees, and no chance of rain. But for Round Two Friday there is a 40 percent chance of rain. Thunderstorms and a 90 percent chance of rain are predicted for Saturday.

Come the final round on Sunday, the skies are expected to be clear, the rain gone, and the temperature nice, comfortable 66 degrees.

The Players

Defending champions always deserve a little consideration, but the top pick for this week has to be the one relatively big-name player in the field—Sergio Garcia.

It would be easy not to pick him after the disastrous showing he had at the Masters. Setting records is usually a good thing. But when you set it by doing your best “Tin Cup” imitation—that’s not good.

However, prior to the Masters, he was playing some pretty good golf. He finished tied for ninth at WGC-Austin, took fourth at Valspar, and tied for seventh at WGC-Mexico.

He’s played well in the state of Texas in the past. Three of his ten wins have been in the Lone Star State. Does that mean he is going to win? Not necessarily, but if there is one person that should be on most teams, it’s Sergio.

DFS golf experts

You need more than one guy to fill your roster, of course. These guys are worth consideration:

  • Charley Hoffman: He’s not one of the tour’s big names, but he has a pretty good game. Currently 26th in the world, he has four wins to his name including one at the Texas Open. Over the years, the TPC San Antonio has been good to him. He’s never missed a cut and finished in the top three twice along with one win (in 2016). He tied for 23rd last week at RBC Heritage, and tied or 12th at the Masters.
  • Jimmy Walker: He’s been working his way back to form after being diagnosed and treated for Lyme Disease. At the Masters, he finished in a respectable place, tied for 20th. His best finish this year was at Pebble Beach (tied for 8th). Missing the cut four times this season should give you pause, but TPC San Antonio has been good to him over the years. He tied for 13th last year, missed the cut in 2016, but won it back in 2015.
  • Billy Horschel: Call this your ‘bargain price’ pick of the week. A lot of experts are picking him because of his finish at RBC Heritage last week (tied for fifth). However, he missed the cut at the Masters and four of the previous five tournaments leading up to it. But he has played well on this course over the years with three top-five finishes since 2013. If you think he may have broken out of his funk last week, he’s worth picking up.
  • Matt Kuchar: Vegas seems to like Kuchar quite a bit. His odds, 18:1, are among the best this week (only Sergio Garcia’ is better). He hasn’t been killing it on the links lately, but he has been playing well. He tied for 23rd last week at the Heritage Classic, tied for 23rd at the Masters. For 8th at the Houston Open, and tied for ninth at WGC-Austin.
  • Kevin Chappell: His odds are not stellar at 28:1, but a tournament’s most recent winner deserves to be in the conversation the following year (as long as he hasn’t gone off the rails). To be fair, he did miss the cut at RBC Heritage last week as well as at the Masters. However, he has a history at this course. Not only has he won it (last year), but he finished tied for fourth the year before.

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