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Jimmy Walker 50/1
It's a case of Walker Texas Ranger for local man Jimmy this week. Having a very solid season with only missed cut in Phoenix as opposed to big payouts for top-10's at the Farmers, Pebble Beach Pro-Am and the Northern Trust. Tied for third here in 2010 when the event moved to TPC San Antonio and local course knowledge around this track is critical. Don’t worry about the stat that Jimmy missed the cut here last year as he had a back problem all week. Worth an each way look.
Charley Hoffman 26/1
Without a win since that amazing final round of 62 at the Deutsche Bank in 2010 but encouraging signs of a return to form last week in Houston. A four under par total gave Hoffman his first top 10 of the season and couldn't have come at a better time. The Hoff finished tied second here just one shot behind winner Brendan Steele. Worth an each way shout now that he’s back making birdies (sixth in the field on shotlink last week).
Kevin Na 22/1
The Valero Texas Open will forever be linked to Kevin Na. It's the place where he took that famous 16 on the 12th hole and went down in a ball of flames. This year Na is back a different man, a winner of the Shriners and with three top-5's under his belt already this season. Tied for eighth last week in Harbour Town and due a win. Fourth on the PGA Tour stats for strokes gained on the greens.
Fredrik Jacobson 23/1
It’s one for the course management experts and if you dont mind the fact that he shot an 81 last Sunday including 36 putts, take a look at Freddie Jacobson. He played great on this course for the two years, tying fifth last year and second in 2010. If the practice ground work gets Freddie back on track he is the ultimate course manager. But that’s a big if after last Sunday!
Best Of The Rest
I like Charlie Wi 75/1 on tough tracks, but he always seems to let me down on Sundays. And his odds reflects that. Wi has only played the new layout once back in 2010 and finished inside the top 20 and this is exactly the type of tournament where he makes his money. Wont be left trailing on the par 5’s this week either, they rank toughest on the Tour.
2011 Scoring average: 73.67
Designers: Greg Norman and Sergio Garcia
PGA Tour Difficulty Ranking: 1. Toughest par 72 on Tour.
Key Requirements: Driving accuracy –5th toughest in 2011; Greens in regulation-4th toughest in 2011; Putting – 1st toughest in average putts made.
Shotlink Par-5 average score 2011: 4.94 – 1st toughest on Tour.