Valero Texas Open 2017: Four big-priced selections to challenge the first round lead

Will Texas hero Cody Gribble come good this week?
Will Texas hero Cody Gribble come good this week?

The PGA Tour heads back to the Lone Star State this week and Dan Geraghty has picked out four golfers at 100/1 or above to back on day one...


"Gribble's star billing appears down to his local ties, he was born and bred in Texas and was a key member of the University of Texas golf team (alongside Jordan Spieth) that won the 2012 NCAA Championship."

There appears to be little advantage for either the morning or afternoon waves this week. The forecast says there's slightly more breeze in the afternoon but the higher temperatures may swing it in favour of the later starters .

Beau Hossler's professional career on the PGA Tour hasn't really gone to plan thus far, this is the young American's fifth sponsor's invite of the season (he's allowed seven), he's missed two cuts and his best finish has been 30th.

However, I have plenty of faith that we'll see a significant improvement on that before the season's out and the Valero Texas Open may well be the occasion the former standout Texas University golfer has been waiting for. He certainly seems to be enjoying himself in practice...




Hossler has (once again) been given a tee time in the final group of the day but that may well end up being a blessing.

Last week's hole in one hero Peter Malnati finished 13th here last year after opening with a 67. Given he also posted his best finish in eight starts last week he looks overpriced at 150/1 to be involved in the first round places.

As I've mentioned before, it's either feast or famine with Andrew Loupe. It's tough to predict whether the monster hitter will shoot in the 60s or the 80s but that's why we're getting 150/1 (which looks far too big). Last year Loupe landed first round money on numerous occasions. This is one of the tournaments that he first came to prominence - back in 2014, when he shot a first round 67 on his way to a fourth placed finish. After a torrid start to the season he finally made a cut in Houston a couple of weeks ago and finished an excellent 10th.

Despite having a PGA Tour win to his name, given his questionable recent form you might be forgiven for querying Cody Gribble's appearance in the star afternoon PGA Tour Live grouping with Brooks Koepka and Adam Hadwin. Gribble's star billing appears down to his local ties, he was born and bred in Texas and was a key member of the University of Texas golf team (alongside Jordan Spieth) that won the 2012 NCAA Championship. He's surprisingly making his Texas Open debut here and the local favourite looks one to keep a close eye on at a huge price.


Recommended Bets
Back Beau Hossler @ 100/1
Back Peter Malnati @ 150/1
Back Andrew Loupe @ 150/1
Back Cody Gribble @ 100/1


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