- The Valero Texas Open is the last event before The Masters
- Corey Conners is the defending champion
- Jordan Spieth is the golf betting favorite
- Tony Finau is the highest-ranked player in the field
- Dustin Johnson withdrew to prepare for The Masters
There might be a more than a few players in the field this week looking to improve their Masters odds. The Valero Texas Open is the final tournament to take place before the PGA Tour heads to Augusta National for the first major of the year. Many of the top players in the world have decided to take the week off, including world #1 and defending champion Dustin Johnson, who withdrew on Monday to prepare for Augusta. So, who will top the Valero Texas Open odds?
The Valero Texas Open first teed up in 1922. It has always been held in San Antonio. It is now held at TPC San Antonio, which is a par-72 that is 7,494 yards. Length isn’t an issue, but hitting the fairways is a premium at this course. The par-5s are some of the most difficult on the Tour. It’s always a very windy course to play at. Of course, last year’s tournament was cancelled due to COVID-19.
You can watch the Valero Texas Open on the Golf Channel on Thursday and Friday from 2:00 PM ET to 6:00 PM ET. The Golf Channel also carries the action on Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 PM ET to 3:00 PM ET. It switches to NBC for the rest of the round, which is around 6:00 PM ET.
All Valero Texas Open odds courtesy of Bovada.
Jordan Spieth (+1000)
Spieth, a Dallas native, has been rolling lately. He went to the round of 16 at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, and he has four straight top-15 results prior to a T-48 at The Players Championship. He has been solid at TPC San Antonio, finishing T-30 here in 2019. Spieth was also runner-up to Jimmy Walker in 2015. Spieth is the golf betting favorite, according to these Valero Texas Open odds.
Tony Finau (+1200)
Finau failed to make it out of the group stage at the Match Play, and he missed the cut at TPC Sawgrass. However, he had a run of five top-15 finishes prior to that, and three of those were runner-up finishes. Finau, the top-ranked player in the field at 13th in the world, finished T-3 here in 2019, and his top-10 sports betting odds for tournaments are usually very good.
Scottie Scheffler (+1400)
Scheffler fell to Billy Horschel in the Match Play final, playing some fantastic golf along the way. Prior to missing the cut at The Players, Scheffler had three straight top-20 results. However, he two missed cuts before that, so he has to be more consistent. Scheffler finished T-20 at TPC San Antonio in his first visit in 2019.
Abraham Ancer (+1800)
Ancer was eliminated in the group stage at the Match Play, and he had T-22 at The Players and T-18 at the WGC-Workday Championship after missing the cut at the Genesis Invitational. He was T-42 here in 2019 as Ancer looks to get back into the top 30 of the world rankings.
Hideki Matsuyama (+1800)
Matsuyama was another group-stage casualty at the Match Play, and he had top-20 finishes at Bay Hill and the Workday before missing the cut at TPC Sawgrass. This will be his first trip to TPC Sawgrass as Matsuyama tries to find something before heading to Augusta.
Corey Conners (+2000)
The defending champion lit up TPC San Antonio in 2019, shooting a -20 score. He was the first person to win on the PGA Tour after qualifying on a Monday since 2010. He struggled at the Match Play, losing all three group-stage matches, so this will be a good spark for Conners before heading to Augusta.
Ryan Palmer (+2500)
Palmer, another Texas native, has four top-10s at TPC Antonio, although he missed the cut here in 2019. He just missed out on the round of 16 at the Match Play, but Palmer also finished T-17 at The Players Championship.
Charley Hoffman (+2800)
Hoffman is the all-time leader in money earned in this tournament. He won here in 2016, and he also has finished second twice; one of those finishes were in 2019. Hoffman has been playing well lately with three top-20 finishes in his last five starts as he tries to claw his way back into the top 100.
Matt Kuchar (+5000)
Kuchar defeated Victor Perez to take third place in the Match Play. He returns to a place he loves as Kuchar has finished in the top 15 in half of his eight trips to TPC San Antonio, including T-7 in 2019. Also, when it comes to Masters odds, you’d do worse than to consider “Kooch”. Just a hint.
Zach Johnson (+5000)
Johnson is outside of the top 100, but he is a former Masters champion, so he’s going to Augusta anyway. He finished T-8 at the Honda Classic, his first top-10 in six starts, and he finished solo fifth here in 2018.
Sam Ryder (+8000)
Ryder missed the cut at The Players, but then finished T-8 at the Honda Classic, and T-2 at the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship. A win would get him to Augusta, so this would be a fun value bet to make on the Florida native.