Golf: Time to Say Grace

The PGA Tour returns to Texas this week, with the TPC San Antonio hosting the Valero Texas Open.

The course is 7,435 yards in length, with tight fairways and penalising rough – who could ever forget the 16 (that’s not a typo!) that Kevin Na recorded at the par-4 ninth in 2012.

The defending champion is Charley Hoffman, and other past winners include Jimmy Walker, Martin Laird, Ben Curtis and Zach Johnston (twice). Victories for this type of player tends to suggest that length off the tee is not essential, with accuracy and the ability to control the ball flight in the Texan winds more important.

And it’s those fresh Texan breezes which guide our first selection for this tournament.

Branden Grace is renowned for his play on links courses given his low ball flight. He placed tied ninth here last year, after a victory at the Heritage tournament the previous week. Having played well last week, we see no reason why the South African won’t perform this week, and will be taking some of the 25/1 on offer.

Our each way selection is Daniel Summerhays, widely quoted at 66/1. Summerhays has form at this event, finishing tied 13, tied 4th, tied 2nd and tied 7th in his last four visits. Whatever they put into the water, he likes!

Recommendation: Grace to win at 25/1 and Summerhays each way at 66/1, both widely available 

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