With the first major of the season just around the corner, the PGA Tour is stopping in the Lone Star State this week at TPC San Antonio. This is one of the oldest tournaments on the PGA calendar as it was founded in 1922. With many big names vying for last minute Masters invites, this could be a great tournament. Time to make some picks of who’s going to win. Interestingly several European Tour players will be out this week due to the playing of the EurAsia Cup and a lack of events on the tour.
My fellow-Scotsman Martin Laird is the defending champion. His form this year hasn’t been up to his high standard, so unfortunately I’ll have to be pessimistic about the Hilton Park man’s chances this week. There are many major champions playing for a share of the $6.2M purse this week too, eight of them that I could see.
Before I go into this though I have some terrible news. As many wait on the edge of their seats to see if Tiger Woods is going to make the Masters, the golfing world took another blow this week. Self-proclaimed world top-5 golfer Patrick Reed pulled out of the Texas Open. In a statement Reed said “Patrick Reed was definitely going to win this tournament. That is why I pulled out, I didn’t think it was fair on everyone else.”*
Right, enough nonsense, here are my picks for this week. The main European challengers will come from Nic Colsaerts, Freddie Jacobsen and three-time major winner Padraig Harrington. Colsaerts has a bout of three-round syndrome just now, but if he can get over that he always has a chance. The big-hitting Belgian’s game suits the course so he’s an outsider for me. Jacobsen is always there or there-abouts. He’s a solid golfer and I think he has a chance too. You never know what you’re going to get with Harrington. He has just taken delivery of the new Wilson FG Tour 100 blade for this week, a stunning set of clubs of which I’ve also just bought. Pointless information yes but I think he may have a good week.
My other two picks are Jordan Spieth and Zach Johnson. Spieth is a Texan and will have the full support of his home crowd. He has clearly shown us that he is no flash in the pan golfer and week on week finds himself in the mix. I’m not sure if I see him winning this week but a top-ten is definitely within his grasp. Finally Zach Johnson. There are fewer golfers that have the consistency of Johnson and with regards to this tournament he also has previous. He won the Texas Open in 2008 and 2009 round La Cantera Golf Club but the TPC San Antonio course definitely suits his game.
*Statement by Patrick Reed may or may not have been entirely fabricated.
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