The 2016 Valero Texas Open golf tournament on the PGA Tour is taking place this week from April 21-24, 2016 on the Oaks Course at the TPC San Antonio golf resort located in the Cibolo Canyons area in north San Antonio, Texas. Here is a list of the betting odds for the PGA golfers to win the 2016 Valero Texas Open.
The Valero Texas Open dates back to 1922. Arnold Palmer (1960-62) and Justin Leonard (2000, 2001, 2007) jointly hold the record for most wins in the tournament with three each. The big news for the 2016 Valero Texas Open is that Phil Mickelson is playing. Jordan Spieth finished second here last year but is taking a few weeks off after his Masters meltdown.
All golfers with odds of 50 to 1 or less are listed below with comments. Then some notable golfers with much higher odds are also listed with comments telling why. With most of the biggest names in golf not playing this week it’s a good week to take a shot and make a bet on a higher odds golfer if you are so inclined.
Good luck to all the golfers and especially the bettors this week at the 2016 Valero Texas Open!
1. Jimmy Walker – 14 to 1 odds
At pretty high odds of 14 to 1, Jimmy Walker is the betting favorite to win the 2016 Valero Texas Open. Walker is the defending champion in this event as he beat Jordan Spieth last year by four strokes to win his 5th career PGA tournament. In his last start, Jimmy Walker finished tied for 29th at the Masters two weeks ago.
T-2. Branden Grace – 16 to 1
Fresh off his first career PGA Tour win last week at the RBC Heritage, Branden Grace from South Africa is co-second choice in the betting this week at 16 to 1 odds. Normally when a player wins on the PGA Tour for the first time I’m leery of him the next week but Branden Grace does already have seven European Tour wins and his first two wins on that tour came in back-to-back weeks in 2012.
T-2. Patrick Reed – 16 to 1
Patrick Reed tied for 49th place at the Masters in his last start. Reed does have four PGA Tour wins at age 25 but his last win was over 15 months ago. He’s obviously going to win again on the PGA Tour but will it be this week?
T-4. J.B. Holmes – 20 to 1
J.B. Holmes played very well in his last start finishing tied for 4th place at the Masters. Holmes has four PGA Tour wins with his last win coming a little over a year ago at the 2015 Shell Houston Open. He’s 33 years old.
T-4. Zach Johnson – 20 to 1
Zach Johnson was in contention last week at the RBC Heritage until he shot a terrible final round of 77 which dropped him into a tie for 33rd place. Zach has 12 PGA Tour wins with his last win coming in the 2015 British Open last July. Zach Johnson does have two wins in the Valero Texas Open (2008, 2009).
T-4. Matt Kuchar – 20 to 1
Matt Kuchar tied for 9th place last week but after a first round of -4 under he played the last three rounds at +1. Kuchar has seven PGA Tour wins but his last win was at the 2014 RBC Heritage over two years ago. If he is going to win again on tour this is a good spot for him but his odds are too low here.
T-7. Phil Mickelson – 25 to 1
Phil Mickelson has played well enough to win on tour in 2016 but in his last start he missed the cut at the Masters. Mickelson’s last win on tour came at the 2013 British Open which is almost three years ago now. He does not have a tough field to beat here but can he get the job done this week?
T-7. Brandt Snedeker – 25 to 1
After a decent 10th place at the Masters, Brandt Snedeker missed the cut last week at the RBC Heritage. Snedeker has eight wins on tour including the 2016 Farmers Insurance Open but he’s battled injuries at times and his missed cut last week makes one wonder.
T-7. Brooks Koepka – 25 to 1
Brooks Koepka tied for 21st place at the Masters in his last start. Keopka hits the ball a mile and is always a threat but he’s only got one win on tour which came 14 months ago at the Phoenix Open. He does have another win on the European Tour.
T-10. Bryson DeChambeau, Charley Hoffman – 30 to 1 odds each
Bryson DeChambeau turned pro last week and turned in a pretty good 4th place tie performance at the RBC Heritage. He certainly has talent and is a better bet than some of the guys who have not won in a long time above him. Like Zach Johnson, Charley Hoffman was in contention last week until a final round 75 dropped him into a 4th place tie. Charley has three wins on tour with his last win coming in 2014. He did tie for 2nd in this tournament in 2011.
T-12. Billy Horschel, Luke Donald – 33 to 1 odds each
Luke Donald had the lead last week going into the final round but he only shot even par to end up in a tie for 2nd place. Donald has 11 wins on the PGA and European Tours combined but his last win was in 2012. Billy Horschel tied for 17th at the Masters and then tied for 54th last week in the RBC Heritage. Horschel has three wins on tour but has not won since 2014. He was 3rd here last year to justify his lower odds this week.
14. Jason Kokrak – 40 to 1
Thirty-year old Jason Kokrak tied for 6th place last week. Kokrak is still looking for his first PGA Tour win. He’s been playing well enough to win lately but he’s still a tough bet to win for the first time.
T-15. Chris Kirk, Kevin Chappell, Russell Henley – 45 to 1 odds each
Chris Kirk missed the cut at the Masters and he tied for 23rd place last week in his last two starts. Kirk has four wins on tour with his last win coming in 2015 at Colonial. Kevin Chappell tied for 9th last week at the RBC Heritage. He’s yet to win on tour at age 29. Russell Henley tied for 23rd last week. He has two wins on tour with his last win coming in 2014.
- Daniel Summerhays – 60 to 1 odds
Daniel Summerhays is 32 years old and he has yet to win on tour but he has a history of playing well in the Valero Texas Open. Summerhays was second here in 2014, he was 4th here last year and he was 7th in 2013.
- Brendan Steele – 66 to 1 odds
Brendan Steele won the Valero Texas Open in 2011 for his only PGA Tour win to date. Steele is 33 years old and he’s missed the cut in his last two PGA Tour starts.
- Justin Leonard – 175 to 1 odds
As mentioned at the top, Justin Leonard is tied with Arnold Palmer for most wins in the Valero Texas Open with three. Leonard has 12 wins on the PGA Tour but he’s not won a tournament since 2008.
- Tim Herron – 300 to 1
Tim Herron won the Valero Texas Open in 1997. Herron is 46 years old and he does have four wins on tour but his last win was in 2006.
- Ben Curtis – 500 to 1
Ben Curtis, who shockingly won the British Open in 2003, won the Valero Texas Open in 2012. The win was the last of four career wins for Ben Curtis on the PGA Tour.