The Valero Texas Open takes place between 20th – 23rd April at TPC San Antonio, Texas.
Started in 1922, the Valero Texas Open is one of the oldest stages on the PGA Tour. Played at The Oaks Course, it is also one of the easiest courses to shoot a low score. The PGA Tour 72 hole record score of 254 was achieved here in 2013. Additionally since 1934 every tournament winner has finished with a sub-par score. However, the frequent windy conditions, and sand bunkers doesn’t mean it’s an easy ride.
A quick look at the odds will reveal this is a widely contended event, and will be hard to call. The currently favourite, Matt Kuchar is priced at 19.00 which is very long for a typical PGA Tour event. Indeed, after Kuchar, the next six players are all priced between 19.25 and 25.00. This is in part as a consequence of the low ranking field, with no players inside the top ten competing, and only one inside the top 20 (Kuchar).
Kuchar and Hoffman will start the tournament as favourites. Hoffman won it last year, and has an excellent record at the course, even prior to winning but recent form has been poor. He fell apart at Augusta following a first strong round, and later failed to make the cut at Hilton Head last week.
In terms of statistics, compared to many of the recent events on the PGA Tour, driving distance is better than normal as a performance indicator here. The previous two winners, Hoffman and Walker both ranked inside the top five for driving distance. With greens in regulation less of an important statistic here, conviction when on the green will be of the utmost importance.
It’s not just on the green where accuracy will be key. The name of the course is taken in part from the amount of oak trees that surround the fairways. Whilst they are not narrow, getting stuck in the trees has the potential to ruin the entire tournament. Kevin Na unfortunately set the worst score for a Par 4 here with 16 shots in 2011.
How to Watch The Valero Texas Open
Coverage is exclusively available on Sky Sports in the UK. It’s only available to stream via Sky Go, which you need to be a Sky customer to receive.
Valero Texas Open Betting Odds
As per earlier, the Valero is widely open with no stand out favourites. The odds are accurate of time of writing, and are supplied by 10Bet. With some of the extended place terms detailed below, the odd longs, even at 1/5 odds will be favourable here.
- Matt Kuchar – 19.00
- Charley Hoffman – 19.25
- Branden Grace – 20.25
- Brooks Koepka – 22.00
- Ryan Moore – 22.50
- Jimmy Walker – 23.00
- Brendan Steele – 23.25
- Adam Hadwin – 25.00
- Kevin Chappell – 29.00
- Ryan Palmer – 30.75
Valero Texas Open Betting Offers
There are loads of existing customer offers available for those looking to bet on the Valero Texas Open:
- Paddy Power – This bookmaker are leading the market in terms of places. They’re paying out a massive seven places, which is just as well since it’s so hotly contested.
- Boylesports – As an alternative to the Paddy Power seven places, Boylesports are paying out six places, but have the additional enhancement that if your player finishes either 2nd or 3rd at the Valero Texas Open, then you’ll receive your money back as a free bet. There is a maximum refund of £20 for this offer.
- StanJames – Behind Paddy Power, Stan James are paying six places on this tournament.
- Winner – Finally, Winner are offering their standard PGA Tour offer, which is money back if your player finishes either 2nd or 3rd. If you’re betting each-way, then probably Boylesports offers better value on this front.