18th April 2017 at 11:33 am #105701aceventurerModerator
The 7,435 yards par 72, TPC San Antonio (AT&T Oaks) once again hosts the Valero Texas Open. The challenging course opened in 2010 and Masters champion Sergio Garcia was a consultant to chief designer Greg Norman. The Oaks Course meanders it’s way through the hills with narrow fairways and bunkers as deep as 12ft. With native vegetation, which can sometimes be unplayable it’s going to be tough going for all the competitors. Kevin Na recorded a 16 a the par four ninth after trying to extricate himself from rocks and brush. Driving accuracy and GIR could be a factor to look for.
With a win at the Safeway Open and two T6 a month later, Brendan Steele was certainly looking good at the beginning of the season, Apart from a couple of top twenties he hasn’t really done much since. However he certainly seemed to enjoy his appearance at the Masters, where he finished T27 with a closing round 69. On paper looks a good fit for the Oaks Course. With Driving Accuracy stat of 64.35% and GIR 70.96% he certainly is worth a gamble.
Ryan Moore hasn’t won since the John Deere Classic last year but he always seems to be on people’s short list when he plays. You can see why after a very good T9 at the Masters two weeks ago. His second round was a bogey free 69 but he fell away in the fourth round with a 74. Apart from 2013 has won once a year every year. It’s surprising to see he has only had two top ten finishes this season as he is a much better player than that. Driving Accuracy is 67.86% and GIR 66.96% and he is another that should be in contention come Sunday.
One man I’m looking to see challenging very shortly is Dane Soren Kjeldsen. He won the ISPS Handa World of Golf in Melbourne, Australia, with team mate Thorbjorn Olesen winning by four strokes. He is playing a lot more of the PGATour and although he missed four cuts in his first four tourneys of the year he looks like he’s got to grips with the courses. He is a plucky wee player and played well in the Masters with a final round 78 spoiling his week. Although he isn’t a long hitter off the tee he is accurate with stats of 68.66%. His putts per round of 28.93 is well backed up by a GIR of 63.03%.
1.50 ew Brendan Steele (PaddyPower 30-1 Paying Seven)
1.50 ew Ryan Moore (Ladbrokes 25-1)
1.50 ew Soren Kjeldsen (William Hill 66-1)
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