Last Friday, Dustin Johnson was a late entry into this week’s Valero Texas Open field. On Monday, he became a late withdrawal, as he will take time off before defending his Masters title at Augusta next week.
Speaking of the Masters, 2015 champion Jordan Spieth (11/1) now emerges as this week’s betting favorite in San Antonio, where he finished second in 2015. After a season-opening missed cut in San Diego, Spieth was all the way down to 92nd in the world. Since then, he has posted three top-four finishes and reached the round of 16 last week in the Match Play before being knocked out by Matt Kuchar, and has become a chic pick to capture another green jacket.
Tony Finau (12/1) has cooled a bit from his form earlier in the season when he had four top-four finishes in four consecutive starts, but does have a third here in 2017. Scottie Scheffler (14/1) played brilliantly last week in Austin, finishing second in the WGC-Dell Match Play. Scheffler is still seeking his first PGA Tour victory, and it will remain to be seen if he has the energy for this one with the Masters on deck.
Here are some players who are worth a wager this weekend at Greg Norman-designed TPC San Antonio Oaks Course.
Cameron Tringale (30/1)
Is one of just three players in this week’s field who has played this event in each of the past 10 years (Charley Hoffman, Jimmy Walker). Both Hoffman and Walker have victories here, so perhaps this is Tringale’s turn. He ranks top 10 in this week’s field for both SG: Ball Striking and SG: Off-The-Tee.
Cameron Davis (40/1)
Does not appear to be in good form, and he has not had a high finish since a third at the American Express, which has proven to be a good link here with Andrew Landry winning at both venues. He rates top-five in this week’s field for SG: Approach, SG: Off-The-Tee, SG: Ball Striking, and Birdie Opportunities Gained.
Sam Burns (50/1)
After his near-miss at Riviera, Burns missed two straight cuts, but now has drifted back up in the market, and this appears to be a spot to buy on the drift. Burns leads this week’s field for SG: Approach and ranks third for SG: Bermuda Putting.
Lanto Griffin (50/1)
Griffin’s lone PGA Tour win at the 2019 Houston Open did not come too far from here. He rates in the top 10 in this week’s field for Approach, Ball Striking, and SG: Putting.
Doug Ghim (80/1)
The Texas Longhorns had a very good run last week — with Scheffler finishing as runner-up, plus Spieth and Dylan Frittelli making the round of 16. Perhaps Ghim will be able to follow their lead here. He fell down the leaderboard on the Sunday at the Players Championship with a 78 for a disappointing T-29 finish, but his ball striking has stayed true as of late. He rates in the top 20 for this week’s field in Total SG, SG: Approach and SG: Tee-To-Green.
Harry Higgs (80/1)
After a slow start to 2021, Higgs has shown progressively good form with a 29th at the Players and 19th at the Honda Classic. He rates top 10 in this week’s field for Approach and Birdie Opportunities Gained.
Graeme McDowell (125/1)
Had missed five of his past six cuts before a T-4 last week in the Dominican Republic. He finished seventh here last year and does have a win on a Norman design at the Mayakoba Classic.