It’s almost time for the first major championship of the year, but before we get to Augusta National, it’s a quick stop in San Antonio for the Valero Texas Open.
This is a big year for the event, as it celebrates its 100th anniversary as a stop on the PGA Tour. It was originally known as simply The Texas Open back in 1922, but Valero bought the naming rightsback in 2002.
In its long history, past winners have included Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and most recently, Jordan Spieth. Zach Johnson successfully defended his title here in 2009, while Justin Leonard is a three-time winner here. Another player with a strong record in Texas is 2016 champion Charley Hoffman, who has finished runner-up in the last two events.
This year, the tournament are proud that 21 players from the Masters field have committed to playing in Texas, with Rory McIlroy, Tony Finau and Robert MacIntyre amongst the notable names.
It's played over The Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio, a Greg Norman design. It’s far from easy, but it’s not going to beat up the field before they fly off to Augusta, Georgia. Although players will be hoping to win in Texas, several will have perhaps more than one eye on The Masters the following week.
With that being said, let’s have a look at all the details you need before play gets underway...
Valero Texas Open details
Course: TPC San Antonio (Oaks Course)
Course Stats: Par 72, 7,494 yards
Date: March 31 – April 3 2022
Winner’s Share: $1,548,000
Defending Champion: Jordan Spieth
Valero Texas Open betting tips
Here’s who the bookies fancy to do well this week:
Rory McIlroy 15/2
Jordan Spieth 16/1
Hideki Matsuyama 18/1
Corey Conners 20/1
Abraham Ancer 22/1
Bryson DeChambeau 25/1
Si Woo Kim 35/1
Adam Hadwin 35/1
Gary Woodland 35/1
Keegan Bradley 40/1
The bunkered Bet:
Corey Conners: The Canadian finished third last week in the Match Play and won here in 2019. Last week propelled him to 32nd in the world rankings, his highest ever spot. He's confident in his game, expect that to continue this week.
All odds correct at time of publishing and are subject to change. Please always gamble responsibly.
Another day closer to the 100th Anniversary of the #ValeroTexasOpen and another round of player commitments is in! Including the player’s above, we’re excited to have 21 Masters invitees in this year’s field so far.— Valero Texas Open (@valerotxopen) March 24, 2022
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Valero Texas Open: How can I watch it on TV?
The event runs from Thursday to Sunday, and it’ll be on Sky Sports Golf throughout the week. On Thursday and Friday, with main coverage starting at 3pm. If you want to get ahead of the game though, red button action is on from 1.30pm. Over the weekend, main coverage is at 8pm, with the red button showing the early groups from 5pm.