The Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio is the first of two Texas tournaments leading up to the Masters. The golfers of the tour can nearly sniff that Augusta grass, but will need to take advantage of the two Texas tune-ups before they can strut their stuff at Augusta. Fans will feast their eyes on the return of Lefty, as Phil Mickelson returns for his first tournament since the Cadillac Championships. Also, Jordan Spieth and Jim Furyk are two of the biggest names in the field of golfers.
The TPC San Antonio AT&T Oaks Golf Course is a 7,435 yard course which will test the golfers on all levels. Designed by Pete Dye, the course is easier for golfers off the tee, but can be very challenging towards the green. The native areas create a large penalty area for the golfers, and if your second shots are not strong, it is very easy to get into trouble at the Oaks.
Kevin Na’s play has been scrutinized for being too slow for much of this season. The golfer has been heckled at Bay Hill for a slow pace of play, and his play put Henrik Stenson on the clock at the Arnold Palmer tournament. However, Na’s supporters have shown up to tournaments, and the fans should expect another strong performance from the Korean-American.
Jordan Spieth has been a force to be reckoned with so far this season. His win just two weeks ago at the Valspar championship has him poised for another deep run in this weekends tournament. Due to the declining play of Rory McIlroy, this is a perfect opportunity for Spieth to close the gap and contend to be the World’s No.1 golfer.
Finally, Mickelson returns to tournament golf to try and recapture the putting magic that he had at the Honda Classic. Although he finished 17th, it was by far his best round of the year and he has yet to shoot a score under 70 since the tournament, which was won by Jason Day.
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This tournament and next weekend in Houston serve as warm ups for Augusta. Although not all of golf’s biggest names will be in attendance, those who will play look to vie for supremacy and gain some much needed momentum for Augusta.