It’s a bit of a slower time on the PGA Tour right now as many of the world’s top players are still decompressing from the Masters. The next tournament that should feature a top-notch field is the Wells Fargo Championship that tees off May 4 in North Carolina. This week, the PGA Tour heads back to Texas for the third time in 2017 for the Valero Texas Open. Charley Hoffman is the Sports Interaction golf betting favourite to win.
We just missed hitting the winner at The Masters. England’s Justin Rose was the choice at +2800 to win his first green jacket, but he lost an exciting final-round duel to Spaniard Sergio Garcia, who won on the first hole of sudden death at Augusta. Sergio had been 0-for-73 in his major championship career since turning pro. That victory also came on what would have been the 60th birthday of the greatest Spanish golfer ever and Garcia’s idol growing up, Seve Ballesteros.
Sports Interaction does offer a special golf odds on how many majors Garcia will win this year. One is the heavy -1250 favourite with two at +600, three at +6600 and the unlikely Grand Slam at +25000. The next major is the United States Open at Erin Hills in Wisconsin from June 15-18. It’s the first time that tournament has been held there. Garcia is also now the -111 favourite to win the Race to Dubai on the European Tour. Remember, all four majors are part of both the PGA and European Tours.
Valero Texas Open Odds
Hoffman is the +1200 golf odds favourite for the Valero Texas Open, which is held at the Oaks course at TPC San Antonio. It’s a par 72 measuring 7,435 yards. It’s located in Texas Hill Country so that can lead to some interesting lies. In 2011, Kevin Na shot a 16 on the par-4 ninth hole because he couldn’t get his ball free of rocks and underbrush. Needless to say, he missed the cut.
Hoffman also happens to be the defending champion. On the par-5 18th in the final round last year, Hoffman drained a 10-foot birdie putt to edge San Antonio native Patrick Reed by a shot. Hoffman finished at 12-under-par 276 after a final-round 3 under. Reed also birdied the final hole but had missed makeable birdie putts on the previous two that proved to be costly. TPC San Antonio clearly fits Hoffman’s game as he hasn’t been worse than 13th in his past six trips. He was also a runner-up in 2011 by one shot.
Brooks Koepka and Kuchar are each priced at +1700. Koepka’s best finish in two trips to this tournament is 36th. Kuchar, who was 11th last week at the RBC Heritage, was fourth here in 2014.
Jimmy Walker is +2000; the Texas native won this event by four shots in 2015 but has had an inconsistent 2017. Another former champion, Brendan Steele (2011), is +2300.
Canadian Golfer Odds
The highest-ranked Canadian in the world, No. 46 Adam Hadwin, is +2600 to win. Following his wedding, Hadwin was 36th at the Masters and 22nd last week at the RBC Heritage in South Carolina. He played this event in 2015 and missed the cut.
Nick Taylor is +10400 and David Hearn +10900. Taylor was 22nd last week and 21st at this event a year ago in his debut. Hearn was 59th at the RBC Heritage and finished Top 15 in San Antonio in 2012 & last year. He missed the cut in 2015.
Mackenzie Hughes is +16200 and Brad Fritsch +3300. Hughes, who missed the cut at the Masters in his last event, has not played this tournament previously. Fritsch played here in 2014 (MC) and 2013 (37th).
Valero Texas Open Predictions
Hoffman and Steele are good bets to finish Top-10, but the winner is Billy Horschel at +3600. The former FedEx Cup champion has finished T4 or better three times in the last four years (2013, 2015, 2016) at TPC San Antonio. He missed the cut last week but had a good reason: his wife gave birth to the couple’s second child so Horschel was running back and forth from South Carolina to northeast Florida.