The Valero Texas Open officially kicks off in about 30 minutes in what is being labeled as the best field of golfers to come to San Antonio in quite some time. The grouping of Rory McIlroy, Matt Kuchar and Jordan Spieth is by far the featured morning group on Thursday and Ian Poulter, Charl Schwartzel and Jim Furyk will turn out to be the featured group in the afternoon. I will be out at TPC San Antonio the next four days volunteering with the NBC/Golf Channel golf crew. Here are my picks & predictions for the Valero Texas Open
Valero Texas Open Winner — Jimmy Walker
With over $1 million in earnings so far in 2013 and four top-10 finishes, I think Jimmy Walker is so close to carding his first PGA Tour victory. There’s no better place to accomplish that goal then this week at TPC San Antonio. The Boerne, TX resident gets to sleep in his own bed this week and I believe he will be close to the top come Sunday.
Rory McIlroy will struggle this week
Rory’s game is just not there right now. I think he will struggle mightily this week and be close to missing the cut. Rory says he needed more competitive rounds to get ready for The Masters next week. I don’t think he will be playing this weekend and will have the chance to get to Augusta early.
Scores will be low this week at TPC San Antonio
Changes have been made to the greens at the AT&T Oaks course at TPC San Antonio after the course gained the reputation of being too tough. On top of that, we had big storms blow through on Tuesday and Wednesday dumping 1-2 inches of rain. I think the golf course will be soft and the players will be able to shoot at the pins. Winds are expected to be in the 10-15 MPH range by afternoon. It’s suppose to be a beautiful weekend here in San Antonio and winds are not expected to be much a factor.
As mentioned above I will be out at TPC San Antonio later today and the rest of the weekend. I will be trying to Tweet live and post some pictures while I’m out there so check out @Front9Back9 for updates.