Coming out of the Masters, the first major of the year, the Valero Texas Open may not have the deepest field on the PGA Tour, but it shapes up as something rather competitive with a lot of the players hungry to climb the money list with a first prize of more than a million dollars. The Valero Texas Open begins on Thursday and runs through Sunday at the AT&T Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio. Coverage will be provided by Golf Channel and CBS. In the PGA odds, the Adam Scott and Geoff Ogilvy are the co-favorites at +1000.
PGA Odds Betting
Valero Texas Open
AT&T Oaks Course - TPC San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
Purse: $6.2 million
Winner's Share: $1,116,000
(All times Eastern)
Thursday & Friday: Golf Channel - 3-6 PM
Friday & Saturday: CBS - 3-6 PM
It is understandable that the field for this tournament might be a little thin after everyone has geared up for the Masters the week before. In fact, there could be plenty of players who will be in contention this week who didn't play at Augusta. The highest-ranked competitor in this week's field is Adam Scott (+1000 in the PGA odds), who made such a valiant effort last week but came up short, tying for second place. Scott also won the event last year, so the Texas Open obviously holds a special place for him.
The leading money winner among these players this week is Martin Laird, who is currently #6 in earnings on the tour. Laird, a Scotsman, is +1800 in the PGA odds, making him the third favorite, and he is looking to move up in the FedEx Cup standings, where he sits in fourth place.
To Win Valero Texas Open
Geoff Ogilvy +1000
Adam Scott +1000
Martin Laird +1800
Anthony Kim +2000
J.B. Holmes +2000
Bo Van Pelt +2000
Marc Leishman +2800
Brandt Snedeker +2800
Angel Cabrera +2800
Stewart Cink +2800
John Senden +3000
Charles Howell +3000
Ryan Palmer +3000
There are eight players entered this week who have won a major championship. You may want to take special note of a couple of them. Geoff Ogilvy, who like Scott is +1000 in the PGA odds, had a T-4 at the Masters and won the U.S. Open just five years ago. Angel Cabrera, who has won both the Masters and U.S. Open, was right up near the top of the leaderboard over the last coupe of days last week, but had to settle for seventh place. Cabrera needs to show some consistency; he has just 71st at the Farmers Insurance Open and 49th at Phoenix, and he has missed three cuts in his last five tournaments. His last win was, in fact, the Masters in 2009. He is +2800 in the PGA odds this week.
Another major champion in action this week looms as an intriguing longshot. Justin Leonard is a past winner of the British Open (1997), and a native of Dallas who attended the University of Texas-Austin, we might add, who has won this event no less than three times - in 2000, 2001 and 2007. His exemptions ran out, so he wasn't in the Masters. Last year he could only manage a tie for 64th in San Antonio, but was ti4ed for fifth the year before. He doesn't seem to be the kind of player you'd want to count completely out, but the oddsmakers have, as they have established him at +5000 in the PGA odds.
Don't forget someone else who will have some friendly observers in attendance. Jimmy Walker is from San Antonio, and he's had a couple of top five finishes this year, not to mention a tie for third at last year's Texas Open. At +3500, maybe he shouldn't be ignored.
Bettors of the PGA odds know that Martin Laird is dangerous here. Laird recently won the Arnold Palmer Invitational and made a very credible showing in the Masters, where he came in 20th place in what was his debut at Augusta. He's got some nice momentum; he tied for third at the Phoenix Open in February, and after a Top 25 in the Northern Trust Open, he tied for tenth at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, tied for fifth in the Transitions, and then scored the win at Palmer's tournament. He ranks fourth in FedEx Cup points and sixth on the money list. So he is one of the tour's best this year, and has risen to 23rd in the Official World Golf Ranking. That's also reflected in the PGA odds, where he is +1800 to win the tournament this week.