At this week’s Valero Texas Open, PGA Tour players have their last chance to gain entry into next week’s Masters. The event will once again take place at the Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio. This par-72 Greg Norman design is a sturdy test that favors elite ball-strikers—not a surprise, given Norman’s legendary ball-striking prowess.
Let’s look at three players who would make good fits for your fantasy lineups this week:
Davis Riley $8,400
Riley became better known to golf aficionados two weeks ago, during his battle with Sam Burns at the Valspar Championship, where Riley ultimately feel short. But TPC San Antonio is a great redemption spot for him, as he won on the Korn Ferry Tour here in 2020. We know Riley has the swing and the game to win on tour. No better place for that to come to fruition than a course that holds great memories and positive vibes for him already.
Robert MacIntyre $7,900
MacIntyre remains unknown to many American golf fans, but he is one of the best overall ball-strikers in this field. I’m guessing you don’t remember that he made the cut in all four majors last year and finished in the top 12 in two of them? So in a weak field like the Valero Texas Open’s, it’s odd that the No. 73 player in the world is priced so low. MacIntyre would love nothing more than to win and earn full status on the PGA Tour. This week is a great opportunity for him to do just that, as TPC San Antonio is one of the best course fits for him on the PGA Tour.
Brendan Steele $7,600
The winner of this event in 2011, Steele has his game trending in the right direction. In his last two starts, he has finished 13th (Players) and 26th (Bay Hill). He gained 11.8 strokes off the tee and 7.3 strokes on approach in those events, but he was held back by a balky putter, losing eight strokes on the greens. But in his 10 appearances at the Valero, he has gained an average of 0.4 strokes putting. So if Steele can combine his ball-striking from the past few weeks with his typical putting performance at this course, he may find the winner’s circle once again on Sunday.