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Valero Texas Open

April 21st – 24th, 2016

TPC San Antonio (ATT Canyons)

San Antonio, Texas

Par: 72 / Yardage:

Purse: $6.2 million

with $1,116,000 to the winner

Defending Champion:
Jimmy Walker

by Sal Johnson

Founder, Chief Data Officer, GOLFstats

E-mail me at:
sal@golfstats.com

This week’s field includes:

The field includes 26 of the top 100 and 11 of the top 50 in the latest Official World Rankings, with no players from the top-ten: #11 Branden Grace, #13 Patrick Reed, #16 Brandt Snedeker, #17 Zach Johnson, #18 Brooks Koepka, #19 Phil Mickelson, #21 J.B. Holmes, #26 Jimmy Walker, #27 Matt Kuchar, #43 Thongchai Jaidee and #47 Billy Horschel.

There were 18 players from the top-50 in the field last year so a drastic decrease this year, many because last year’s event was played in March and this year it’s in April.

The field includes 5 of the top 25 on the FedEx point standings for 2016.  Those players are #4 Brandt Snedeker, #15 Patrick Reed, #19 Branden Grace, #22 Kevin Chappell and #23 Phil Mickelson.

The field includes 5 players in the top 25 on this year’s PGA Tour money list.  Those players are #5 Brandt Snedeker, #14 Patrick Reed, #15 Phil Mickelson, #21 Branden Grace and #22 Kevin Chappell.

The field includes 5 past champions: Jimmy Walker (2015), Ben Curtis (2012), Brendan Steel (2011), Zach Johnson (2008 & ’09) and Justin Leonard (2007, ’01 & ’00).

The field includes 3 of the 23 winners in the PGA Tour’s 2016 wraparound season: Peter Malnati (Sanderson Farms Championship), Brandt Snedeker (Farmers Insurance Open) and last week’s winning Branden Grace (RBC Heritage)

A perfect way for fantasy golfers to check on the past performance of all the players in the Valero Texas Open field is our performance chart listed by average finish.  Another way to check who is the best is through a special formula worked out in Golfstats that gives us the best average performances at the Valero Texas Open in the last five years or check out our sortable 8-year glance at the Valero Texas Open.

A good cheat sheet is this list of odds from the top bookmakers in England.

Another cheat sheet is this list of odds from the top bookmaker in Las Vegas.

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Time to look at our who’s hot and who isn’t:

Who’s Hot in the field for the Valero Texas Open

Player RBC Heritage Open de Espana Masters Shell Houston WGC-Dell Match Play Puerto Rico Arnold Palmer Indian Open Valspar Thailand Classic WGC-Cadillac Honda Classic
J.B. Holmes
(182 pts)
DNP DNP T4
(160)
T75
(0)
T28
(22)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 59
(0)
DNP
Matt Kuchar
(172.33 pts)
T9
(45)
DNP T24
(52)
DNP T9
(45)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T11
(26)
DNP T28
(11)
DNP
Branden Grace
(162.83 pts)
Win
(132)
DNP CUT
(-20)
DNP T18
(32)
DNP DNP DNP T37
(8.67)
DNP T23
(13.5)
CUT
(-3.33)
Bryson Dechambeau
(153.33 pts)
T4
(80)
DNP T21
(58)
DNP DNP DNP T27
(15.33)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Charley Hoffman
(149.5 pts)
T14
(36)
DNP T29
(42)
T33
(17)
T38
(12)
DNP DNP DNP T11
(26)
DNP T17
(16.5)
DNP
Brooks Koepka
(139.5 pts)
DNP DNP T21
(58)
CUT
(-10)
T5
(70)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T23
(13.5)
T26
(8)
Luke Donald
(128 pts)
T2
(100)
DNP DNP DNP DNP T26
(16)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T22
(18.67)
DNP DNP T61
(0)
Brandt Snedeker
(121.83 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP T10
(80)
DNP T9
(45)
DNP T36
(9.33)
DNP DNP DNP WD
(-2.5)
DNP
Patrick Reed
(120.33 pts)
DNP DNP T49
(2)
T10
(40)
T9
(45)
DNP DNP DNP T7
(36.67)
DNP T52
(0)
CUT
(-3.33)
Billy Horschel
(119.17 pts)
T54
(0)
DNP T17
(66)
DNP T38
(12)
DNP T20
(20)
DNP DNP DNP 41
(4.5)
T8
(16.67)
Jimmy Walker
(117.33 pts)
DNP DNP T29
(42)
T19
(31)
T38
(12)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 6
(30)
T43
(2.33)
Chris Kirk
(104.33 pts)
T23
(27)
DNP CUT
(-20)
DNP T5
(70)
DNP T12
(25.33)
DNP T42
(5.33)
DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
Kevin Chappell
(101.67 pts)
T9
(45)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP 2
(66.67)
DNP T67
(0)
DNP DNP DNP
Chez Reavie
(90.67 pts)
T33
(17)
DNP DNP T7
(55)
DNP DNP T60
(0)
DNP T22
(18.67)
DNP DNP DNP
Phil Mickelson
(88.33 pts)
DNP DNP CUT
(-20)
T13
(37)
T18
(32)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 5
(35)
T37
(4.33)
Zach Johnson
(86.83 pts)
T33
(17)
DNP CUT
(-20)
DNP T9
(45)
DNP 5
(46.67)
DNP DNP DNP T47
(1.5)
CUT
(-3.33)
Russell Henley
(80.33 pts)
T23
(27)
DNP DNP T5
(70)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
Bryce Molder
(74.67 pts)
T6
(60)
DNP DNP T46
(4)
DNP T47
(2)
T27
(15.33)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP
Will MacKenzie
(73 pts)
T59
(0)
DNP DNP T19
(31)
DNP T8
(33.33)
DNP DNP T37
(8.67)
DNP DNP T51
(0)
Kyle Reifers
(72.33 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP T7
(55)
DNP T11
(26)
T43
(4.67)
DNP T64
(0)
DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
Jason Kokrak
(70 pts)
T6
(60)
DNP DNP 68
(0)
DNP DNP T20
(20)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
Troy Merritt
(69.33 pts)
DNP DNP T42
(16)
DNP DNP DNP T3
(60)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP
Si Woo Kim
(66.33 pts)
T14
(36)
DNP DNP T13
(37)
DNP DNP T63
(0)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP T74
(0)
Luke List
(64 pts)
T39
(11)
DNP DNP T27
(23)
DNP T15
(23.33)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP T10
(13.33)
Aaron Baddeley
(61.67 pts)
T9
(45)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP T8
(33.33)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

How Player Rankings are Computed

Who’s Not Hot in the field for the Valero Texas Open

Player RBC Heritage Open de Espana Masters Shell Houston WGC-Dell Match Play Puerto Rico Arnold Palmer Indian Open Valspar Thailand Classic WGC-Cadillac Honda Classic
Peter Malnati
(-43.33 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
Robert Allenby
(-36.67 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
Brendon De Jonge
(-36.67 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP T60
(0)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
Brendon Todd
(-33.33 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
James Hahn
(-33.33 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP
Matt Jones
(-30 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
T51
(0)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
Carlos Ortiz
(-30 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP T56
(0)
DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
Chad Collins
(-28 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP T47
(2)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
Jon Curran
(-26.67 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP 70
(0)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
T63
(0)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
Scott Stallings
(-26.67 pts)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)

How Player Rankings are Computed

The Buzz:

For the first time since 2012 the Valero Texas Open goes back to it’s post Masters spot and just like that the event suffers from a lack of marquee players not coming.  It’s a hard date since many played a lot leading up to the Masters and with the Players in just three weeks, along with the tough summer schedule many are taking these weeks off.  It’s probably a good thing when you consider how bad the weather is going to be in San Antonio.  With all of the rain in the area, some parts of San Antonio have received over five inches in the last three days with flash flood watches up for Tuesday, many may not get a practice round.  Once the tournament starts, things will really get tough as all of the rain will make for very sloppy conditions during the week.

I have to also wonder if the course may not be too tough for a lot of players.  Yes Phil Mickelson was a surprise entry, but with Jordan Spieth taking a pass and many players not attending, maybe the course being so demanding is having players think otherwise about attending.

One big storyline will be the Bryson DeChambeau who turned pro last week and finished T-4th at the RBC Heritage.  With the high finish, Dechambeau earned 123 FedEx Cup points and he needs to hit about 361 in his next five starts to be granted special temporary membership into the PGA Tour. He is in the field this week.  If he can’t achieve that mark he will be forced to try and get onto the Web.Com Tour for 2017.  So for him the race is on, while for Danny Willett he has announced that he has taken PGA Tour membership and with the Masters win will receive a five year exemption .

Things you need to know about the Valero Texas Open:

The Valero Texas Open is an historic tournament, it’s the 6th oldest professional tournament in golf world-wide, the 3rd oldest on the PGA Tour and the longest held in the same city. In 2012, the tournament celebrated its 90th anniversary. Dating back to 1922, the tournament has been through 16 names to date, but it can always trace its lineage back to San Antonio, Texas. As for host courses of the Valero Texas Open, the event has predominantly been hosted by the Brackenridge Park Golf Course, the Willow Springs Golf Course, Fort Sam Houston Golf Course, Oak Hills Country Club, and  between 1995 and 2009, The Resort at La Cantera.  Six years ago they moved to the new TPC San Antonio, which is part of a two course project.

Always known as a place where pros can go to score low until the move to TPC San Antonio, the Valero Texas Open has been the site of numerous scoring feats. Al Brosch, in the 1951 Texas Open held at Brackenridge Park, became the first PGA Tour player to post a score of 60. In 1955, just four years later, Mike Souchak, again playing at Brackenridge Park, posted a 72-hole score of 257, which would stand as the PGA Tour record until 2001. In the 2003 Valero Texas Open, Tommy Armour fired a 254 at LaCantera to set the record for lowest 72-hole score in PGA Tour history. His score to par of 26-under also was a Tour record for Par 70 courses. His score eclipsed Donnie Hammond’s 22-under par, which he shot at the 1989 Valero Texas Open

Course information:

  • TPC San Antonio (AT&T Oaks Course
  • San Antonio, Tx.
  • 7,435 yards     Par 36-36–72
  • AT&T Oaks features a course rating of 76.5 and a slope rating from the back tees of 148. The tees, fairway, and rough are Bermuda Grass but different strains, Emerald Ultradwarf on the tees, TifSport on the fairways, Champion Ultradwarf on the greens and Bandera in the rough. The course is part of a resort and is open to those that stay at the course and it’s members.
  • The average green size at AT&T Oaks is 6,400 square feet, which is a little over the average on the PGA Tour.  has 58 bunkers and water that comes into play on 3 holes.
  • In 2014 the TPC San Antonio was the 8th hardest course on the PGA Tour playing to a 73.286 average, playing a shot and a quarter over par.
  • In 2013 the TPC San Antonio was the 15th hardest course on the PGA Tour playing to a 72.740 average playing .740 stroke over par.
  • There wasn’t anything wrong with LaCantera, the reason for the move is financial because the event now doesn’t have to pay a site fee which has been reported in the $300,000 neighborhood.  The course being used is the AT&T Oaks, which will play at 7,435 yards and a par 72.  It was design by Greg Norman with Sergio Garcia as the player consulted.  The course opened in 2009 and will be the 12th TPC course that will be used on the PGA Tour this year.

Let’s take a look at key stats that are important for those playing at the TPC San Antonio:

This is based on the most important stats for TPC San Antonio, based on data from last years Valero Texas Open, and using data from all the players in the field with stats from 2016. What we do is take their rank for each stat and then add up the four catagories.
The scoring average of the field at TPC San Antonio in 2015 was 74.52, so with par being 72 that means the average score was two and a half shots over par, making TPC San Antonio the 2nd hardest course to score on in 2015. In the history of the PGA Tour it’s one of the highest scoring averages for a non-major so it’s important to note that all the players will be tested this week. Was last year a fluke? Possibly, but in 2014 the course was 8th hardest, in 2012 it was the 4th hardest and in 2011 it was the 7th hardest so no two ways around it, TPC San Antonio will be hard. One of the reasons it was hard last year was winds, they blow in the 10 to 25 mph range during tournament play. This year the players will have another problem and that is not only the weather during the week in which rain and thunderstorms will hamper players with the exception of Friday, but the course has been saturated with heavy rains over the last week, in the neighborhood of six inches. So the course will play long and the rough, which is always hard will be even harder. If winds do pop up look for another week of the average score being in the 74 mark.

So TPC San Antonio has been and will be one of the toughest courses the tour will see this year. Hitting it hard and far is important, last year it ranked 15th hardest in driving distance, but it’s very important to place drives in the fairway. Last year the course was 2nd in greens in regulation, which shows that not only are the greens hard to hit, a lot to do with not getting drives in the fairway, but the greens are very demanding to hit. Not only is it 2nd in greens hit, but it was the hardest course in proximity to the hole In the last four years all the winners have been in the top-15 in greens in regulation, last year’s winner Jimmy Walker and 2012 champion Ben Curtis led that stat. So our first key stat is strokes gained Tee-to-Green because you have to do well in this stat to win. Last year the course ranked T-12th in that stat, winner Jimmy Walker was 3rd in this stat.

Just like we have seen the last couple of weeks on tour, if you miss fairways you have to scramble well, last year TPC San Antonio ranked 11th in scrambling on tour. While Jimmy Walker may of only ranked 27th in this stat, it’s also important to not that he hit 51 of 72 greens so he was really good in that.

Another important item in doing well is putting, last year the course ranked 8th in making putts from ten feet and in with 86.35 average. Again in looking at our profile Walker ranked T-7th in this stat making 63 of 69 putts from ten feet and in.

Last is birdie avearge and it’s hard to image but the players only averaged making 2.67 birdies per round. That is not many, it was the lowest on Tour and another reason Jimmy Walker won as he made a total of 22 birdies for the week, with was a 5.50 average, again the best of anyone in the field.
*Strokes Gained Tee-to-Green: Stat is great barometer on how players games are from tee to green, taking a combination of driving distance, driving accuracy, greens hit and proximity to the hole.

*Scrambling: So which course is tough to get it up and down on holes players miss the greens. Since all of the area’s around the greens are mowed short and are left with really hard shots to get it close, scrambling is important. You are not going to be perfect so you have to make sure you can make pars from some tough places

*Putting inside 10 feet: Very easy, counts every putt from ten feet in to see who makes the most.

*Birdie Average: Average number of birdies made over the course of a round

Players from this year’s field with stats from 2016:

Click any column title in the table header to sort columns.

For the rest of the players, hit this link:

Here are some of the secrets of what it takes to play well at the Valero Texas Open:

Key stat for the winner:

  • For the regulars of past Valero Texas Open’s, six years ago was the start of the new era here.  For players like Zach Johnson, who won twice and Justin Leonard, who won three times at LaCantera, it was an unpleasant experience as Leonard has not finished better than T30th in six tries while Johnson missed the cut in 2010 but did finish T6th in 2014.   In looking at the performance stats from 2010 through 2015 hitting greens seemed to be the key for many in the top-ten. Last year the course had the 2nd hardest greens to hit on tour at 51.73% while in 2014 it had the hardest greens to hit on the PGA Tour as only 55.24% of them were hit.  That has been the buzz about the course, in it’s six years on the PGA Tour it’s never been above 7th ranked in Greens Hit.
  • On the other realm of the spectrum, TPC San Antonio does have the easiest greens on tour to putt.  In 2015 it ranked 38 out of 51 courses on average putts and putts per round with an average of 28.52.  The course ranked 44th in most one putts of any course on tour with a 42.81 average.
  • Combination of that tells us that a player needs to hit lot’s of greens and putt well.  In looking at the six winners at TPC San Antonio all of them ranked in the top-20 in both greens hit and # of putts (all except for Brendan Steele in 2011 ranked T40th in greens hit).

Here are some more key stats to look to for this week:

  • Unimportant stat: With the course being new in 2010, it makes sense with wins from inexperience winners like Brendan Steele, Martin Laird and 2014 winner Steven Bowditch.  But Jimmy Walker won last year, Adam Scott won in 2010 and Ben Curtis in 2012 so the players should know the course by now.
  • Since TPC San Antonio joined the PGA Tour in 2010, it has never been out of the top-20 of toughest courses on tour and been in the top-eight four of the last five years.
  • One trend that is pretty unique at the Texas Open is the fact that 3rd round leaders tend to rule the roast.  Since 1988 the 3rd round leader has won 20 of the 28 tournaments so if you are looking for a neat bet with someone, bet the 3rd round leader to win the tournament.  In the last five years at TPC San Antonio, four of the six champions led after the third round.
  • Look for the course to play tough, with thick rough and tight fairways that will play havoc on the players.  Hitting it long doesn’t cut it at TPC San Antonio, of those that have finished in the top-3 only six have been in the top-ten in driving distance.  So this is a course that power won’t dictate a win.
  • Fifteen previous Texas Opens have been decided in playoffs, the last coming in 2009 when Zach Johnson defeated James Driscoll.  So there hasn’t been any playoffs yet at TPC San Antonio.
  • In looking at the long range weather forecast it’s not going to be very good all week long as Friday and Saturday may be the only days that rain doesn’t effect the tournament.

Who to watch for at the Valero Texas Open

Best Bets:

Charley Hoffman

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
T11 T11 T3 T13 T2 T13 T9 T70 T11 T8

Has played the most consistent and best at TPC San Antonio. He is playing well right now and is the person to beat this week.

Patrick Reed

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
CUT T35

This is the type of course that he does very well on, specially if the weather isn’t very good.

Matt Kuchar

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
T15 T4 T22 T13 CUT CUT CUT T41

Game is heating up and he has played well at TPC San Antonio. Should be a good combination for him to play well this week.

Best of the rest:

Daniel Summerhays

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
T4 T2 T7 T29 CUT

Amazing record in his last three starts at TPC San Antonio, seems to know how to play the course well.

Brendan Steele

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
T8 CUT T46 T4 Win

With his win along with a T-4th in 2012 and T-8th last year he is a guy that you have to watch for this week.

Luke Donald

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
First time playing in this event

Bringing with him the momentum of playing well at Hilton Head. Has shot some low scores in this event but will play for the first time at TPC San Antonio. He may lack in length but has lot’s of other qualities that make him a favorite this week.

Bryson DeChambeau

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
First time playing in this event

Playing in this event for the first time, has been impressive the last two weeks and looking to continue that streak to this week.

Phil Mickelson

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
T30 WD

There is a reason he is playing this week, he likes the course and thinks he can do well on it.

Solid contenders

Jimmy Walker

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
Win T16 T31 CUT CUT T3 T24 T19 T60

Don’t count out the defender, his game has gotten better in the last six weeks.

Kevin Chappell

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
T66 CUT T15 WD T2 CUT

Has the strong suits of playing well from tee to green along with making lot’s of birdies.

Brooks Koepka

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
T36

Time for this guy to get it into gear, this course is perfect for his game.

Billy Horschel

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
3 CUT T3 75 T74

A pair of third place finishes in the last three years gives us the thought that this week will be his week.

Long shots that could come through:

William McGirt

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
T40 T31 T37 CUT T36

Has all of the stats going for him to do well this week.

Fredrik Jacobson

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
First time playing in this event

Getting over some injuries, is well rested and ready to go.

Si Woo Kim

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
First time playing in this event

Has played well this year and could surprise us all this week.

Not this week:

Branden Grace

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
T30 T79

Great win at Hilton Head but just don’t think he will do it two straight weeks.

Comments

  1. I surprised to see no Zach Johnson. Wedge play important here.

    Do guys like Phil see this as a tournament to help them get on the Ryder Cup team with a lesser field?

  2. Have not been very impressed with Zach’s game since winning the Open. Yes he finished 5th at the Palmer but his year has been very inconsistent and he did miss the cut at the Masters which surprised all. Johnson’s great record at Valero is a bit misleading because most of his good play came at LaCantera, not TPC San Antonio. So that is why I haven’t shown much love towards Zach.
    As for Mickelson I think it’s a bit of a pay back for withdrawing in the third round of last year’s event. Think he likes the course or he wouldn’t of put it on his schedule, to answer your question I don’t see getting on the Ryder Cup team getting him to play in events with lesser fields. He still needs the points and for him to play this week, that means he won’t play someplace else. Mickelson use to play at Colonial and hasn’t been back since 2010, the same with Northern Trust hasn’t played their the last three years.

  3. I like Reed this week, but I am a little concerned about his length off the tee. You?

  4. If playing daily fantasy I read somewhere that Reed gets one of the highest point totals even if he does not win

  5. I also like Reed, think this is a good course for him. We never know when he is going to win, it just seems to come out of the blue with no rhyme or reason. So watch for that to happen this week.

  6. Daniel L says:

    I really want Hoffman to win one for once!

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