Valero Texas Open 2024 Each-way Tips: Picks from 45/1 to 66/1

American golfer Lucas Glover
Lucas Glover can win again at 66/1

It's the final warm-up event before the US Masters and Dave Tindall has three each-way bets for the action at TPC San Antonio...

  • 66/167.00 Lucas Glover is finding a spark again

  • 66/167.00 Maverick McNealy's game is on the up

  • 45/146.00 Christiaan Bezuidenout looks close to a win

  • To play or not to play the week before The Masters. That is the question.

    Plenty of PGA Tour stars have decided that the Valero Texas Open fits with their schedule so Rory McIlroy, Ludvig Aberg, Hideki Matsuyama, Collin Morikawa, Jordan Spieth, Max Homa, Matt Fitzpatrick and Tommy Fleetwood are among those heading to San Antonio this week to hone their games for the big one at Augusta National.

    TPC San Antonio is a par 72 measuring 7,438 yards - similar to Augusta on those metrics - but there are obvious differences too. In that respect, warming up here is more about being tournament sharp for those who believe that's the best way to prep for a grueling Masters week.

    Whether course form between this and next week's correlates is open to debate.

    Corey Conners has won two of the last four editions here and had a trio of Augusta top 10s from 2020-2022.

    Spieth (2021) and Adam Scott (2010) are Green Jacket winners to have triumphed on this course but, then again, JJ Spaun (2022), Andrew Landry (2018) and Kevin Chappell (2017) have also hoisted the silverware here and hardly have good records at... oh, hang on, Chappell was seventh at the Masters the same year he won here while Spaun was tied 23rd on his only Augusta appearance.

    Perhaps there is something in it although it may be a case of seeing who does well here and keeping them in mind for next week presuming they're in the Masters field.

    Some key stats to note: the last four winners at TPC San Antonio were all ranked in the top five for Strokes Gained: Tee To Green while Conners was 1st for Approach in both his wins and Spieth 4th.

    Back Lucas Glover @ 66/167.00

    The course has thrown up several specialists with Conners a dual winner, Charley Hoffman twice a runner-up and Matt Kuchar second and third in the last two years.

    Lucas Glover isn't quite in the course horse category but he's not far off after a fourth in 2021 and finishes of 14th and 18th either side. A slow start (75) cost him last year but he still made the cut.

    He shot a 66 in each of those top 20s and going 6-under for 18 holes on this track is no mean feat.

    Glover hit the headlines last year with those brilliant back-to-back August victories in the Wyndham Championship and FedEx St Jude Championship.

    There's a feeling that he's perhaps reverted to the mean in 2024 but there are signs that he has another big week in him.

    The 2009 US Open champ had a trio of top 35s in the Genesis Invitational, Cognizant Classic and Arnold Palmer Invitational and then stepped it up on on his latest start with 11th at the Valspar.

    On the season stats, Glover is an impressive 13th for SG: Tee To Green which supports the idea that he's a good fit for TPC San Antonio.

    Last week he ranked 1st for SG: Around The Green and, perhaps significantly, recorded positive SG: Putting numbers for the first time since January.

    Speaking about putting a new flatstick in the bag, he revealed: "Just looking for a spark. I've been rolling it nice, just not making anything.

    "So I took it out Monday at TPC and went, whoa, this is good. I didn't think I would ever like anything more than the one I was using, but it just seemed a little more stable."

    He's ranked in the top 15 for Tee To Green in the last four years here and gained strokes on the greens in three of those.

    With his long game in good shape, a new putter making some difference and a strong course record, Glover appeals at 66s.

    Back Lucas Glover each-way @ 66/167.00

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    Back Maverick McNealy @ 66/167.00

    Another player going in the right direction again is Maverick McNealy.

    The Californian suffered a troubled 2023 and had to take four months off with a bad shoulder caused, it emerged, by his golf swing plane.

    But teaming up with Butch Harmon to give him a new but simple way of swinging the club is having an effect.

    McNealy was sixth in the Waste Management Phoenix Open and then ninth at The Players Championship where he had no previous form at all.

    Speaking at Sawgrass, he said: "I'm still working with Butch at home and Scott Hamilton out here on the road. It's one of those things where Butch is just an incredible, incredible golf mind, and every time I leave that place I feel like I'm going to win.

    "Scott Hamilton has given me a lot of clarity and just kind of the day-to-day eyes to get things cleaned up on the road if I've got a question, and works really closely with my stats guy Hunter to figure out the little pieces we need to tighten up here and there to be ready for new golf courses."

    He's played TPC San Antonio just once but finished a decent 35th, making the top 10 for Approach and top 15 for Tee To Green.

    In addition, McNealy was seventh going into the final round after a 5-under 67 on Saturday.

    Since late January he's made seven cuts out of seven and not finished worse than 45th in all of them so that's a consistent body of work.

    He's 10th for Strokes Gained: Total which is some going and you'll have an elite chipper and putter on your side when taking the 66s.

    Back Maverick McNealy each-way @ 66/167.00

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    Back Christiaan Bezuidenhout @ 45/146.00

    I have plenty of possibilities for a third pick this week.

    Seamus Power at 100/1101.00 and Ryan Moore at 80/181.00 are both interesting given recent upticks in form. Moore had a run of 8-18-7-3 in four appearances here from 2012 to 2019.

    Alex Noren, a 33/134.00 shot, is in really consistent form and made the top 15 on debut here last year.

    I also long-listed Akshay Bhatia at 50/151.00, Keith Mitchell at 60/161.00 and Brendon Todd at 66/167.00

    But I'll continue my chase of Christiaan Bezuidenhout's first PGA Tour win as it feels imminent.

    The South African has finished 28th or better in six of his last nine PGA Tour starts.

    That run includes second at The American Express in January and 13th at Sawgrass and ninth at the Valspar Championship in his latest two outings.

    Bezuidenhout is 11th for Approach, 17th for Putting and 21st for SG: Total this season. His driving also picked up on the Florida Swing as he gained strokes Off The Tee at the Arnold Palmer and Valspar.

    With top 30s in each of his last five Texas starts, he enjoys his golf in the Lone Star State and 28th here on first look at the course last year could prove a useful base camp from which to ascend to the summit.

    Back Christiaan Bezuidenhout each-way @ 45/146.00

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    Now read Dave Tindall's US Masters guide here!

Staked: £360
Returned: £84
P/L: -£276

2022/2023 P/L: -£191.44
2021/2022 P/L: -£315.35
2020/2021 P/L: +£1475.87
2019/2020 P/L: +£13.83
2018/2019 P/L: -£338.25
2017/2018 P/L: +£362.84
2016/2017 P/L: +£1179.89

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