Golf Betting Preview: Valero Texas Open

Valero Texas Open logoThe PGA Tour travels to Texas this week for the Valero Texas Open and five of the top-10 finishers in the Masters are in the field.

Defending champion Adam Scott is listed as a 7-1 favorite to win at The 30-year-old Australian nearly won the Masters last week finishing tied for second at -12, two shots behind the winner Charl Schwartzel. Scott is 10th on the PGA Tour in driving and leads the tour in birdies or better on par 5’s.

Right behind Scott on the betting board this week is Geoff Ogilvy at 9-1. Ogilvy tied for fourth with Tiger Woods last week at the Masters, finishing -10. This will be his first time playing in this event.

Another first-timer at the TPC San Antonio will be Martin Laird. The 28-year-old Scot is seventh on the PGA Tour in All-Around Ranking and has finished 10th or better in three straight starts. Laird, who is the only player in the field this week who is ranked in the Top 10 of the FedExCup standings, is the third choice on the board at 13-1.

Texas native Ryan Palmer finished in a tie for ninth last season in this event and played well in the final round shooting a 64. Palmer is listed at 18.5 to 1. Following Palmer on the golf betting board are JB Holmes, Bo Van Pelt and Marc Leishman who are each 21-1.

Longshots seem to be winning every week on the PGA Tour. Here is a few to consider this week:

Fredrik Jacobson finished second in this event a year ago and he tied for fifth in 2009. He is pegged at 38-1.

Jimmy Walker is another longshot contender. He finished tied for third last year in this event and he is sixth on the PGA Tour this season in adjusted scoring average. He has gotten some early action this week and his odds have dropped to 23.5.

One more longshot to consider this week is J.J. Henry who is 38-1. He has been in the money in all 10 starts this year and has six top-25 finishes. He is 13th on the PGA Tour this season in greens in regulation.

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