As the PGA Tour returns to the Lone Star State, they’ll head for TPC San Antonio and this year’s version of the Valero Texas Open. Last year it was Brendan Steele who won the event by a stroke over Charley Hoffman and Kevin Chappell, but the enduring image for most golf fans is Kevin Na buried in the trees hacking his way to a high-score record of 16 on the par 4 9th. There a follow-up story here that involves chainsaws and sweet revenge for Na. He was on my fantasy team last year, and maybe that’s why the whole story stands out to me.
Speaking of standing out, last week at the Heritage it was “Reserve Master” who stood out in our Fantasy CPR group (join us here) scoring 144 with a solid overall week. TXRunner kept the lead in the 2-week old Spring Segment while Squatney Leather held on to our overall lead for the season. The overall lead shrunk though as MT Cup closed to within 10 points. My entry struggled last week, as I ended up spending Friday through Sunday laid up with a fever and the flu. The only thing ailing worse than me was my team which barely broke triple digits and finished with 102 (which is about what my fever was, I think). Anyway, I’m on the road to recovery and hopefully I can make up the ground I lost…
I’m hoping to turn things around with these picks:
Kevin Na-Na is a sentimental favorite for me, but he actually played well outside of his horrific nightmare hole. He finished the first round with an 80 which means if you give him par on that hole he would have been -4. He’s playing well also, coming in with 4 top 10s this year including a T8 at Harbour Town last week… just watch out for the 10th…
J.B. Holmes-Holmes finished t11 last year and is playing his first tournament since a t8 at the Shell Houston Open (his 2nd top 10 of the year). His length will be key but his accuracy will be crucial.
Kevin Streelman-Streelman finished in the top 20 for the third time this year last week at the Heritage and was t15 last year at the TPC San Antonio.
Charley Hoffman- Hoffman is always around the leaderboard here it seems. He’s finished in the top 15 in 5 of his 6 starts and was t8 last week. He’s an obvious choice and will be on lots of rosters this week, but he’s too likely to be in it at the end to pass up on.
Ryan Moore-Moore has had an up and down start to the season highlighted by a t4 at Bay Hill about a month ago. He hasn’t played since the Shell when a rough 3rd round led to a MDF. He has no history at this event on this course, so this is a bit of a flyer pick, but I think Moore has the game to contend.
Mark Anderson-Anderson missed the cut at the Sony to open the year, but has made 6 cuts in a row since then. His best finish was last week at the Heritage where he tied for 13th. The Tour rookie will look to get his first PGA Tour top 10 and has the type of game that could work on this course. It’s a thin group B this week, but if you choose wisely you could make up a lot of points in a hurry.
Cameron Tringale-Trigale has the length needed for the course and used it to get to a t5 last year. He’s coming off a t8 in Houston and looks ready to contend in Texas.
Kevin Stadler-Finished hot at the Heritage closing to a t4. It was his 3rd top 20 in 4 events, and he made the cut here last year with a t36 finish.