PGA DFS Playbook - Valero Texas Open
Drew Phelps explores every Fairway, reads every Green and uses his DFS Golf experience to put together a winning DFS Playbook for the Valero Texas Open.
TPC San Antonio has played host to this event since 2010 and fun fact, the winner receives a pair of black boots, so there's that. You will notice that none of my stats or results will come before 2010 because of the venue change. This is another one of the many schedule changes on the PGA Tour this season, usually this event would land a couple weeks after the Masters. It will be different to judge this event because typically the week before a major, you get a lesser field and you don't know who is just using this event to tune up their game and who is in it to win it. A guy like Jordan Spieth who had struggled mightly this season is someone I could see just using this event to get his game ready for Augusta next week. Other than that, it is a pretty standard PGA Tour event with 156 golfers in the field with the cut line at 70 plus ties.
TPC San Antonio is a sizable course with narrow fairways, deep bunkers and some nasty hazards to avoid. The par 72 reaches out 7,435 yards but the funny thing about the course is that the Par 3's and Par 5's are some of the longest on Tour but the Par 4's are some of the shortest. That makes it seem like the golfers should punish this track but have I mentioned the wind? Gusty conditions can really put these players into terrible positions. In 2015, there were recorded gusts touching 38 mph at times. The forecast calls for winds below 10 mph throughout the weekend, so I expect some pretty low numbers. There is rain in the forecast for Saturday and Sunday which could make things a little interesting but we'll have to wait and see.
When you look through the history of Top 10's at this course, players with good approach numbers from 175 yards and out have had greater success. You should also be targeting good scramblers as these players will get themselves into messy situations from missed fairways to deep bunkers and they’ll need to get out of these situations with as little damage done as possible. My lineups will be filled with players who have been playing well recently, scrambling ability and of course, putting skills. Four of the last nine winners at TPC San Antonio were first timers, including the last two.
Just a reminder that next week is the Masters and as far as my articles are concerned, nothing will change in that schedule. My playbook will come out on Wednesday morning at 10am ET and my Optimal Lineups will be released on Wednesday afternoon at 2:30pm ET. I'll also do my live hit on the Fantasy Alarm show with Howard and Jim at around 5:40pm ET on Wednesday as well.
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