When: April 19-22, 2018
Where: TPC San Antonio - AT&T Oaks, San Antonio, Texas
Format: Stroke Play
Defending Champion: Kevin Chappell
TV Coverage: GOLF Channel and NBC
The Valero Texas Open in San Antonio gets underway April 19-22, 2018. The tournament dates back to 1922 when it was known as the Texas Open. Since Valero became title sponsor in 2002, the tournament has become the annual leader in charitable fundraising among PGA Tour events.
The low scoring that is almost always the case in San Antonio means players will need to make a lot of birdies to stay in contention in golf odds.
This stroke-play event will offer up a purse prize package of more than $6.2 million, so there's a lot at stake for the pros who come here to compete.
TPC San Antonio - Oaks course measures 7,435 yards and plays to a par 72. The Oaks opened in 2010 and quickly became the host track. Greg Norman and Sergio Garcia designed the layout and it features narrow fairways, bunkers as deep as 12 feet and native vegetation where unplayable lies loom. The fairways are generous in spots but if you stray too far a double-bogey is lurking.
The list of past champions is impressive. Walter Hagen won the inaugural event in 1922. Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead and Arnold Palmer, who won it a record three times. Lee Trevino and Hale Irwin were also victorious in the Lone Star State.
Last year Kevin Chappell finally got the monkey off his back by winning his first career tile. A clutch birdie on the final hole sealed the deal for the former UCLA Bruin. Brooks Koepka finished solo second.
You can watch the Texas Valero Open on The Golf Channel and on CBS and you can wager on it at the online sportsbooks we list on our site.
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While many of the big names need to decompress following a major, plenty of the top talents in the world are in the Lone Star State this week.
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Designed by Greg Norman
The TPC San Antonio Oaks golf course features narrow fairways and difficult green complexes, not to mention loads of large bunkers.
The Oaks course is an intimate design with narrow corridors carved through oak trees with only 100 feet of fall from the highest point of the course to the lowest making it very walker friendly.
The bunkers are spectacular and reflect a natural, rugged "minimalist" with edges emulating the canopy of the native oak trees. That's a stark difference to TPC San Antonio's AT&T Canyons course, which features much more severe terrain.
Established in 1922, the Valero Texas Open is steeped in PGA Tour history, with legends such as Walter Hagen, Byron Nelson, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, and Chi Chi Rodriguez winning the tournament in the past.
More recently Justin Leonard has been the one to beat. Leonard won the Valero Texas Open back-to-back in 2000 and 2001, and then returned to the top of the podium in 2007.
Kevin Chappell fired a final round of 68 at TPC San Antonio to post a 72-hole total of 12-under-par. That was one better than second placed Brooks Koepka and it earned Chappell a first PGA Tour title in his 180th start on the circuit.
On the 605-yard par-5 18th, Brooks Koepka considered going for the green in two but he eventually put the 3-wood back in his bag and laid up. He then fired to within just a few feet of the pin and knocked in the putt for a birdie and a superb final round of 65.
At that stage, Koepka was tied for the lead with Chappell but Chappell was still out on the course. He fired an excellent third shot to the green and holed from eight feet to take the win by a single shot.
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