18th Apr 2017 | Valero Texas Open
Valero Texas Open Trends
We look at winning trends for the Valero Texas Open. Played at one of the toughest courses on tour.
In the five years of hosting the Valero Texas Open, TPC San Antonio has taken some notable scalps. Kevin Na laboured to his infamous 16 shots on the ninth hole in 2011, but he was not the only player to suffer.
TPC San Antonio ranked the most difficult par-72 non-major course on tour in 2012 and 2015.
With seven years of history some trends are starting to emerge.
Top-60 on tour for driving distance
Measuring 7,433 the Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio is relatively long but there is room off the tee, which helps the big hitters. Five of the last seven champions ranked inside the top-60 on tour for this metric.
Top-60 on tour in approaches from 225-250 yards
TPC San Antonio has the hardest par-5s on tour allied with greens that are hard to hit in regulation. This combination of length and difficulty has seen six of the recent winners rank inside the top-60 for their approach shots from 225-250 yards.
Players that both trends:
Byeong Hun An