2018 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!).

My picks last week at the RBC Heritage were so-so, as Lockzilla Patrick Cantlay came through with a solid t-7th finish, but Semi-Flier Zach Johnson (t-42nd) and Driver-off-the-Deck BOLD play of the week Jason Kokrak (MC) were disappointments.

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

LOCKZILLA (Last week: Cantlay t-7th)

Ryan Moore
Ryan Moore-
 Trending of late, with a t-5th (Bay Hill), t-28th (Masters) and t-16th (RBC Heritage) run in his past 3 events.  Add in that he’s 2/2 here at TPC San Antonio, going t-8th (’12) and t’18th (’17) in his two appearances and I’m locked in on the 35-year-old this week.

SEMI-FLIER (Last week: Zach t-42nd)

Beau Hossler
Beau Hossler
– This Texas Longhorn badly missed the cut here last year in his first appearance, but he’s a different player now.  After his playoff loss at the Houston Open the week prior to the Masters, he followed-up nicely with a t-16th last week at Harbour Town.  Despite his youth and course inexperience, with the local factor and his brimming confidence of late, he seems almost a certainty to insert himself into contention again this week.

HOSEL-ROCKET BUST (Last week: Harman t-23rd)

Si Woo Kim
Si Woo Kim
– A heartbreaking defeat for Si Woo last week at Harbour Town, as he had the tourney within his grasps down the stretch, only to let it slip away.  Don’t get too excited about the fact that he played well last week and finished t-22nd here last year.  He’s never been one for consistency.  Stay away this week and thank me later.

DRIVER-OFF-THE-DECK BOLD PLAY OF THE WEEK (Last week: Kokrak MC)

J.B. Holmes
J.B. Holmes
– This 35-year-old long-bomber hasn’t contented on Tour since his solo 4th, slow-play debacle at Torrey Pines in January, but has steadied out into some consistency of late making his past 5 cuts, including a 68-68-70 finale in Houston a couple weeks back en route to a t-32nd finish.  He’s 4/5 in cuts made here at the Valero, with a t-11th and a pair of t-13th place finishes, one of those being last year.  Some great value here on this basher this week.

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Joel Harrington
@joel4deepgolf

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