2016 Valero Texas Open Picks, Including the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #isitThursdayyet

An interesting shift in dynamics this week brings, as from the numbers one and two favorite PGA Tour player annual stops we go (Augusta + Harbour Town) to the obese, obscene monstrosity that is TPC San Antonio, host of this week’s Valero Texas Open.  How’s that for a ringing endorsement!  In a PGA Tour player survey that was conducted several years ago, the players ranked this week’s course DFL among the annual rota.  I guess there’s something about 7,435 yards, deep bunkers, rocky pastures, relentless wind and steroidal par 4s that don’t seem to mix so well together (course designers take note!).

The good news for us golf fans is that the field is of decent quality this week, with the likes of Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, Brooks Koepka, Jimmy Walker, Zach Johnson, Patrick Reed, last week’s champ Branden Grace and others teeing it up in the Lone Star state.

Now, let’s hop into some picks for this week:

LOCKZILLA

Billy Horschel
Billy Horschel
– Billy Ho is a cut making machine, with only one unpaid weekend on Tour since The Barclays last August.  He’s zigzagged his way between poor appearances here at TPC San Antonio to go along with a pair of third place finishes, including solo third last year.  He struggled a bit off the tee last week at Harbour Town, consistently losing his driver to the right, but this is a bigger ballpark and I expect he’ll have that ironed out this week.  His prowess on the greens will pave the way to a top 10 finish and I wouldn’t be surprised one bit to see him take home the trophy on Sunday.

SEMI-FLIER

Freddie Jacobson
Freddie Jacobson– The Junkman!  Freddie is the epitome of why it’s good that there are no pictures on the scorecard, as he’s as unconventional as they come, but damn well knows how to get the ball in the hole.  Three top 5s already on the PGA Tour this season and also a t-15th two weeks ago in Puerto Rico show that he’s in solid form, couple that with his stellar record here of 2nd, t-5th, t-18th, t-15th, t-16th and t-50th finishes here and yep, safe to say that he downright loves this track.

HOSEL-ROCKET BUST

Patrick Reed
Patrick Reed
– Seems like an easy plug-and-play option, but not so fast on PReed this week.  Mr Top 5 hasn’t played here since 2013 when he missed the cut, he struggled at the Masters (t-49th) and is flat out due for a swoon in performance.  Stay away from PReed this week and thank me later.

DRIVER-OFF-THE-DECK-BOLD-PLAY-OF-THE-WEEK

Daniel Summerhays
Daniel Summerhays
– Daniel has posted three consecutive t-7th place finishes here—talk about a course horse!  He’s actually been fairly consistent overall this season as well (at least for Daniel Summerhays), notching 10/13 cuts made, including last week at Harbour Town where he actually played quite solid, sans a 3rd round 80.  Daniel Summerhays is your Driver-off-the-Deck BOLD Play of the Week!

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Joel Harrington
@joel4deepgolf

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