PGA Tour: Valero Texas Open Favorites

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With a field that is somewhat depleted due to many of the top golfers in the world, the Valero Texas Open appears to be relatively wide open with no distinct, clear cut favorite. There are several golfers that are being discussed as having a legitimate shot to take home the hardware at the final PGA Tour event before The Masters. There are, however, two names that I think stand out from the rest when contemplating who has the best chance to win this week.

Both of these players were in the top five in my power rankings for the week, but they weren’t necessarily ranked first and second. I think that Fredrik Jacobson has a real opportunity to bring home the title from TPC San Antonio. He has to be riding a major high after finding out just a few days ago that he qualified for The Masters. I think he will be able to ride that adrenaline rush through the weekend and be in contention late into Sunday afternoon. In his last three starts here, Jacobson has finished second, fifth and 18th, respectively. He’s a grinder that can more than hold his own on the greens, which is likely why he’s had so much success here in the past.

Matt Kuchar, the man with the most unfortunate nickname in all of sports, finished tied for 13th here last year. I’d go almost as far as saying that he’s at least a lock to finish in the top 10 this week. He has a win and two top 10 finishes so far in 2013 and I expect him to be somewhere in that range when all is said and done this week. Kuchar relishes the test that difficult tracks provide, and he seems to step up to the occasion more often than not.

It is a little disappointing that only four of the top 15 golfers in the world are playing San Antonio this week, but there is definitely still some talent left in the field. I’m sure a lot of eyes will be on Rory McIlroy to see where he’s at in his Masters prep.

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