Valero Texas Open Picks

By Tom Wilkinson

We are just a week away from The Masters so that means this week’s Valero Texas Open is going to have a weak field. In fact, this week’s event in San Antonio only has one player ranked in the latest World Golf Rankings. Tyrrell Hatton is ranked No. 17 in the world and he is listed as the golf betting favorite at BetRivers at odds of +1200. Corey Conners and Rickie Fowler are the only other golfers listed with odds of less than +2000, as each player is listed with odds of +1800. The weak field gives us an opportunity to pick the winner at a big price. Let’s look at Valero Texas Open picks.


Venue: TPC San Antonio (Oaks Course) is a par 72 that measures 7,435 yards. This course is one of the longer on the PGA Tour, but somewhat surprisingly, accuracy off the tee has proven to be more important on this course than distance off the tee.


Last Year: J.J. Spaun picked up the first win of his career in this event a year ago.


TV Coverage: NBC & Golf Channel


Valspar Championship Odds

Hatton, Tyrrell +1200

Conners, Corey +1800

Fowler, Rickie +1800

Si Woo Kim +2000

Montgomery, Taylor +2500

Matsuyama, Hideki +2500

Kuchar, Matt +2500

Kirk, Chris +2800

Riley, Davis +3000

Noren, Alexander +3300

Spaun, J.J. +4000

Detry, Thomas +4000

Taylor, Nick +4500

Fox, Ryan +4500

Griffin, Ben +4500

Todd, Brendon +4500

Bezuidenhout, Christiaan +4500

Wallace, Matt +5000

Putnam, Andrew +5000

Hojgaard, Nicolai +5000

Davis, Cameron +5000

Rai, Aaron +5000

Ryder, Sam +5500

Schenk, Adam +6000

Hardy, Nick +6000

Gordon, Will +6600

Pendrith, Taylor +6600

Rodgers, Patrick +6600

Byeong Hun An +6600

Smalley, Alex +6600

Thompson, Davis +6600

Stevens, Sam +8000

Hossler, Beau +8000

Duncan, Tyler +8000

Martin, Ben +8000

Straka, Sepp +8000

Kim, S.H. +8000

Streelman, Kevin +9000

Wu, Brandon +9000

Hubbard, Mark +9000

Shelton, Robby +9000

Lashley, Nate +9000

Grillo, Emiliano +9000

Palmer, Ryan +9000

Glover, Lucas +9000

Bramlett, Joseph +9000

Daffue, MJ +9000

All other players are listed with odds of +10000 or more




Hatton, Tyrrell +1200

The favorite in golf betting has been a losing proposition over the years and the favorite lost again last week when Scheffler was eliminated in the semifinals. It was reported that Hatton hurt his hand on the driving range last week and then he lost all of his matches in group play. I wouldn’t take Hatton as the favorite anyway, and an injury doesn’t help his cause.


Value Picks


Fowler, Rickie +1800

I know that Fowler is going to be a popular pick this week and that fact alone has me a little bit leery, but Rickie has been playing well of late. He has three top 10 finishes this season and he has played well in San Antonio in the past. This is his last chance to qualify for The Masters and it just might happen.


Montgomery, Taylor +2500

I think Montgomery is going to win sometime soon and he should have a good chance this week. His putting gives him a big advantage on many courses and in this field, I think he is a standout. I think we have some value on him at these odds.


Matt Kuchar +2500

There are not that many players in this field who know how to win but Kuchar is one of them. He has actually been playing much better of late and he ranks highly in a number of important categories this week. He is strong in Shots Gained: Approach and that is an important category each week.


Fox, Ryan +4500

Fox has played well in each of his PGA Tour starts and he was playing well on the DP World Tour with three straight top 20 finishes. He will take advantage of his distance off the tee on this course and he can contend in this weak field.


Griffin, Ben +4500

I am a little surprised the price on Griffin is so high. I liked what I saw from him in the Match Play and I think he is more than capable of doing well this week against a watered-down field.


Andrew Putnam +5000

This is just the type of event where Putnam can find himself on the leaderboard. He played well last week in the Match Play finishing in a tie for 9th and I think that momentum will carry over to this week.


Check out the latest Valero Texas Open odds at BetRivers.