Golf Update: Major Stars Line Up at Valero Texas Open
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
The last tournament before the Masters is receiving some great heat with big stars lining up to compete in Valero Texas Open. The latest to send his commitment to take part in the four-day event is world number one and reigning FedExCup champion Dustin Johnson. The reigning Masters champion will make a return in the event for the first time since 2015 when he finished tied for sixth place. He will try to tame the TPC San Antonio golf course and earn a maximum 500 FedExCup points and solidify his billing as the top favorite to win the Masters once again.
Another former Major champion that will compete in the event is Jordan Spieth. The American three-time Major winner and 2015 FedExCup champion will use this tournament as a tuneup for the Masters, slated for April 8-11 at Augusta National in Georgia. PGA tournament betting will be more exciting than ever with Spieth, Johnson, and the rest of the superstars around even if it is just a tune-up event for the first major golf event of 2021.
Johnson, Spieth, and a Lot More
Aside from the top American parbusters, the list of competitors that pledged to join this event is so deep that it is like one of those top-tier tournaments that offer bigger ranking points for the top placers. The likes of three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson, former Valero Texas Open winner and two-time major winner Zach Johnson, former US Open king Gary Woodland and world number 24 Hideki Matsuyama are taking part in the event as well. Defending champion Corey Conners will have his hands full if he wants to reclaim the title once again. Danny Willett, another former Masters winner, will also make an appearance in the par-72, 7,435-yard course.
Spieth has the Momentum to Win in San Antonio
Jordan Spieth has been playing good golf as of late as he has three top-four finishes in his last five events. He is also familiar with the course being a runner-up in 2015. The American has been producing great results in various PGA events this year after struggling in 2020. However, he has to manage his final-round hiccups like at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am where he struggled at the tee in the fourth round. He still carded a ‘’good’’ score of 2-under 70 but he was three shots off the winner, Daniel Berger. If Spieth resolves his issues at San Antonio, he may have a good shot of winning in the Masters.
Valero Texas Open: Dustin Johnson in the Mix
As part of his preparation for the Masters in Augusta, where he will defend the title he won just a little over five months back, Johnson signed up to play for the Valero Texas Open. His entry alone causes some golfers to feel intimidated. The American will compete in his first Texas Open event in San Antonio since 2015. During that event, he played well and finished tied for sixth. He also had his debut in this tournament back in 2007 as a sponsor exception. Johnson has a lot of memories in San Antonio and he hopes that his return could be more special if he takes the title.
Conners to Defend the Title
In 2019, Corey Conners surprised everyone by winning his maiden PGA Tour title at the Valero Texas Open. Two years after his famous triumph, Conners will defend the title against the best and brightest of golf. His hands will be full this time as he is faced with the toughest opposition imaginable with Dustin Johnson, Spieth, Zach Johnson, Phil Mickelson and other big guns taking part in the four-round event.
The event will be on live television via the Golf Channel on Thursday and Friday at 4-7 PM ET. On Saturday, it will be aired on the Golf Channel between 1:00 PM and 3:30 PM and on NBC at 3:30-6:00 PM. On Sunday, Golf Channel will air the final round at 1:00-2:30 PM and NBC will take its turn between 2:30 PM and 6:00 PM. Meanwhile, real-time, shot-by-shot info and video will be seen at TOURCast.