Valero Texas Open Tips: The best bets from the opening round 3-balls

Charlie Hoffman - a penalty kick for his first round 3-ball?
Charlie Hoffman - a penalty kick for his first round 3-ball?

After recommneding 80/1 winner Matt Every in the betting.betfair each-way column last week Dan Geraghty is in fine form, but how will our man's form hold out at the Texas Open as he puts forward five men to consider in the opening round 3-balls...

Recommended Bets

Back Billy Horschel @ 3.02/1

Back Jhonattan Vegas 3.185/40

Back Jason Kokrak 2.35/4

Back Cameron Triangle 2.35/4

Back Charley Hoffman 1.84/5

Billy Horschel very nearly won this event last year, he led before eventually finishing third after a slightly disappointing final round of 71. Indeed, it was around this time last year that Horschel reeled off four top 10's in a row, a run that included his maiden PGA Tour victory at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Although his recent form appears ordinary, it is similar to his form at the same courses last year, in fact, his result at last week's Arnold Palmer was significantly better than in 2013. Horschel looks a nice price to outscore Matt Kuchar and newcomer Chesson Hadley on day one.

Jhonatton Vegas was 44th on his Valero Texas Open debut in 2011, a result that was perhaps better than it seems at first glance as it came sandwiched in the middle of six missed cuts, when Vegas was badly out of form. The Venezualan missed nearly all of 2013 after shoulder surgery, but has made seven from seven 2014 cuts and the local resident and former University of Texas star looks to be playing his way back into form.

Vegas' playing partners this week are Kevin Na and Brian Gay. Na's TPC San Antonio form figures of CUT/WD do not tell the whole story... in 2011 the slow moving American recorded the highest score on a par 4 in PGA Tour history when registering a 16 on the 9th hole. Although Na has been in good form of late, he's not one to trust at short prices. Gay was fourth here in 2012, but his form this season leaves a bit to be desired.

I was really impressed with Jason Kokrak last week, when he finished fourth at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. The big-hitting American was also 15th here last year after bouncing back strongly from an opening round of 74; he'll be a hard man for his playing partners to outscore. Martin Flores and Daniel Summerhays are the men charged with the task, both have solid TPC San Antonio form figures to their name in what looks a tight-knit three-ball.

The first time Cameron Tringale really appeared on my radar was at this tournament in 2011. The American finished fifth that year and spoke of his liking for the course and his ability to play well in the wind. It's disappointing that Tringale hasn't made a bigger impression on tour since then, but he's forging a good career for himself and hit the top 10 in San Antonio again in 2012. If he is going to break his duck and gain a PGA Tour win it may well be at this tournament. With excellent course form in the book, I make him favourite for his day one three-ball with Dudley Hart and Russell Knox.

Charley Hoffman looks an absolute penalty kick in his three-ball with Mike Weir and Scott Verplank. Hoffman's form figures at TPC San Antonio read 3 - 13 - 2 - 6, whilst his playing partners have missed their last 11 cuts combined. Too good to be true?


Recommended Bets

Back Billy Horschel @ 3.02/1
Back Jhonattan Vegas 3.185/40
Back Jason Kokrak 2.35/4
Back Cameron Triangle 2.35/4
Back Charley Hoffman 1.84/5

Season P&L: -9.83pts (based on 1pt per selection)

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