The PGA Tour begins a three-week stint in the Lone Star State with the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio. Zach Johnson will be looking to make it three straight victories in the tournament.
Dating back to 1922, the Texas Open is one of the oldest tournaments on the PGA Tour, past winners including: Walter Hagen, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Lee Trevino.
This season sees a brand new venue for the Valero Texas Open. The Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio was designed by Greg Norman, with assistance from Sergio Garcia. Opened for play earlier this year, it’s a natural-looking layout with huge bunkers and sprawling greens. Many of the fairways are framed by stands of mature oaks, giving the course its name.
Last year at La Cantera Golf Club, Zach Johnson successfully defended his Valero Texas Open title, beating James Driscoll at the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.
Venue: TPC San Antonio, Texas
Date: May 13-16
Course stats: par 72, 7,522 yards
Purse: $6,100,000 Winner: $1,098,000
Defending Champion: Zach Johnson (-12)
Thursday 13 – Live on Sky Sports 3 from 8pm
Friday 14 – Live on Sky Sports 3 from 8pm
Saturday 15 – Live on Sky Sports 2 from 8pm
Sunday 16 – Live on Sky Sports 3 from 8pm
Zach Johnson – Not quite on top of his game at the moment but he’s bound to up the ante in a tournament he’s won two years in a row.
Bo Van Pelt – He’s on a great run of form with a tied fourth finish at Sawgrass last week. He leads the tour in ball-striking so this course should suit his game.
Ernie Els – After a superb start to the season, Els will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing missed cut at The Players Championship. He’s the biggest name in the field this week.
Key hole: The par 5s. The shortest on the course is the 14th at 567 yards so, depending on the wind, most will play them as three-shotters. The longer hitters will have a distinct advantage on these holes.
Skills required: Finding fairways. At over 7,500 yards, you’d think length was the most important factor at TPC San Antonio. But, with bunkers and huge trees lining the fairways, the key will be to drive the ball straight.