Share Good week last week for the golf betting on Nic's Picks with places for big prices Crane in the Players and Colsaerts in the BMW Italian Open meaning a tasty profit. This week the Valero Texas Open is the event in question and the field is relatively weak as most of the big names take a short holiday. The Valero Texas Open has ended it's 15 year association with La Cantera which is a shame as I had 4 players pegged to do really well. Never mind though, I've done my study on the new course - The TPC San Antonio and have narrowed down my shortlist....
Leading the betting is Ernie Els who I won't even contemplate at such short odds. He's had no real form since his 2 wins earlier in the season. Zach Johnson is the defending champion who has actually won this event the last 2 years running but this new course couldn't differ any more than La Cantera so I'll overlook him as well. A man regaining some form as he looks to get back to where he was a few years back is Adam Scott. Decent value price of 22/1 and he has the game to do well on a course that plays over 7,500 yards. He'll be the headline pick this week.
The course - TPC San Antonio
Total driving and GIR will be the premium this week. It's a tree lined track that as mentioned plays over 7,500 yards. Bunkers line the fairways and accuracy is a must. Greens are large and undulating so the shorter the club for your approach shots, the better. Par 5's are all very long and big hitters may also have to lay up depending on wind direction.
Selections Offering Value
Pick 1: Adam Scott E/W @ 22/1 (general) Scott has sorted out some of his driving problems and has the current form to tackle this course. Obviously 1 of the best in the field and very competent in windy conditions.
Pick 2: Freddy Jacobsen E/W @ 35/1 (general), Top 10 finish @ 10/3 (general) I can't ignore the form he showed last week. He was driving the ball really well and is always fantastic around the greens
Pick 3: Charley Hoffman E/W @ 40/1 (Boylesports), Top 10 finish @ 4/1 (general) Rival for headline pick this week. 2 poor final rounds in last 2 outings mean his price isn't as short as it should be. He's playing really well and I quite fancy him to run away with a tournament this year when it all clicks. Could be this 1!
Pick 4: Jimmy Walker E/W @ 140/1 (Bet365), Top 10 finish @ 18/1 (William Hill) Watch out for local man Walker this week .Should know the course very well and has the length to tackle it. Top 25 last week at the players and this is a vastly inferior field.
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