Betting Tips for 1st to 4th April 2021
The Valero Texas Open is a very important tournament for the state of Texas, and for local golf fans and charities. Tournament organisers haven’t always been able to attract the strongest field as it’s been shunted about in the schedule so they have jumped at the chance to be the unofficial warm up event for the Masters.
Augusta National is a unique golf course but those playing in both the Texas Open and the Masters will get the chance to work on the skills required to challenge for a green jacket at the Greg Norman-designed Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio.
Jordan Spieth is the bookies’ favourite for this week. The three-time major champion is a native of Dallas and so the Texan fans will cheer on his every shot. What is more, his recent resurgence suggests he has a real chance of winning the Masters for the second time at 14/1. However, the Oaks Course is a tougher test off the tee than that provided by the wide open fairways of Augusta National so Spieth is best avoided for this week at least.
Charley Hoffman is another player with good form at Augusta National but he also has excellent recent form at TPC San Antonio. Hoffman’s all round game and results have not improved in time to earn himself a spot in the Masters but he is playing well enough to seriously challenge for a second Valero Texas Open title at 30/1.
Other players to consider at longer odds include Graeme McDowell (160/1) who was in pole position to win the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship before blowing up in the final two holes and Danny Willett (90/1) who interests on his tournament debut.
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2021: Jordan Spieth
The stats suggested that Jordan Spieth’s unpredictable driving meant he was unlikely to justify his position at the head of the betting for the Valero Texas Open. While Spieth’s play off the tee was the weakest part of his game at TPC San Antonio, he more than made up for that weakness with some wonderful approach play.
Despite gaining an average of just 0.24 strokes per round off the tee, he gained an average of 3.22 strokes per round from tee to green and 1.43 strokes with his putter. What players do off the tee is a long way down the list of priorities at Augusta National which will give Spieth, who called his win “progress”, every chance of building on this success with a serious charge at the Masters which followed.
Charley Hoffman was priced at odds of 30/1 for the Texas Open and he duly rewarded those who backed him each way with a very good performance to see him claim second place on his own. While he misses out at Augusta National, Matt Wallace does have the chance to build on his third-place finish in Texas after what he suggested was the “best I’ve ever played tee to green”.