March 07, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Matt Kuchar hits his tee shot at the16th hole at the WGC Cadillac Championship at Trump Doral Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Valero Texas Open-2013 Fantasy Golf Picks

How can Billy Horschel help your fantasy golf team this week? Who else should you consider headed into the PGA Tour’s Valero Texas Open? Find the answers and my picks of the week right here. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

As the spring segment of Fantasy Golf begins, the Masters is just a week away, but first the PGA Tour heads to San Antonio to the newly renovated TPC San Antonio. It’s been a brutal course the last few years ranking among the hardest non-majors in multiple categories. This year, changes may have made the course a bit easier, bit its made it even more difficult to predict exactly who will be able to succeed since its basically a new course.

We can expect another exciting weekend as we hope for another crazy finish like last week’s. D.A. Points got a huge win in Texas at the Shell Houston Open, but it was a disappointing tournament for my entry. Above Par was able to get the win for the week in our Fantasy CPR Group while Eagle’s Nest was able to hold on for the win in the winter segment. If you’d like to join us for the spring segment, click here for more information.

July 1, 2012; Bethesda, MD, USA; Brendon de Jonge hits out of a sand trap on the 12th hole during the final round of the AT

A-List

Brendon de Jonge: The steady South African finished in the top ten in Houston last week after a solid closing round. De Jonge has four top 15’s this year and his only missed cut came at Bay Hill. The A-List is a little thin this week, but de Jonge is a solid pick.

Rory McIlroy: Rory barely made the cut and struggled to a t45 last week in Houston and is making his first appearance at this event. Still, he’s too good to leave off the list since if he’s on his game he can challenge at any course at any time.

Other Options: Brian Davis, Gary Woodland

B-List

Fredrik Jacobson: Jacobson has finished in the top 25 in five straight events that he’s played including three straight top 10’s and a t16 in his most recent tournament, the Cadillac. He’ll tee it up this week in San Antonio where he has three top 20’s in his three tournaments including a second place finish in 2010.

Cameron Tringale: Tringale continues to play well and is becoming a mainstay in this spot. I’m not worried about using up his starts since he historically runs hot-and-cold and its best to use him while he’s up. He’s finished 3, t27, and t16 in his last three events and has been in the top ten at this event in two of his three starts.

Matt Kuchar: Kuchar has a game tailored for this kind of course. He finished 13th last year and is coming off a t14 in Tampa after winning the Match Play Championship earlier this season. I’m going to start Kuchar on my bench only because his starts are extremely valuable and I’m currently down to seven. I’ll be ready to insert him into the lineup as soon as he’s on the leaderboard though.

Charlie Wi: Wi has excelled at TPC San Antonio including a t4 last year. He’s made the cut in all but one of his events this year with three top 26 finishes. He’s a bit of a flyer coming off a MC at the Palmer, but his past success here makes him worth the risk and I feel like my other three options are all rock-solid.

Other Options: Peter Hanson, Jim Furyk, Aaron Baddeley

C-List

Billy Horschel: Horschel has made 20 cuts in a row. I lost both my C-listers to the cutline last week. Seems like a perfect fit to me. He looks like an even better pick though when you add in that he’s made the cut in both his trips to San Antonio and finished last week tied for second in Houston.

Henrik Stenson: Stenson also finished tied for second last week giving him a pair of top 10’s in his last two tournaments. The Swede has already won internationally this year and has played well in the USA as well. This will be his first time at the Texas Open, but he’s playing extremely well and should be able to adjust and excel like he did last week. UPDATE: Stenson is out this week, so go a different direction. See the comments for who I decided to go with.

Other Options: Charl Schwartzel, Ian Poulter, Jeff Overton

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