The Valero Texas Open gets underway Thursday on the Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio. Jordan Spieth is the defending champ. Rory McIlroy is the odds-on favorite, at +800. And Erick Lindgren is with us once again to share insights and advice.
The terms are the same as ever: We’ve given Lindgren a $1,000 gambling budget (in play money) in exchange for his wisdom. See below for his 5 favorite picks.
(Looking to play any of these bets yourself? We teamed with BetMGM and the online sports book is offering a Risk-Free Bet of up to $1,000.)
Jason Day to win the tournament, +5,000 (wager: $100)
Day’s form was rounding into shape on the West Coast. He looks healthy, and I am predicting a big year from him. This is his last shot to get to the Masters.
Davis Riley to win the tournament, +6,600 (wager: $100)
I have been on Davis a few times this year and come away more impressed every time I see him. He won the Korn Ferry event here in 2020 and has few weaknesses in his game.
Cameron Champ to win the tournament, +20,000 (wager: $100)
I called Cam winning the 3M last year at 100-1. Let’s go out on a limb again and take him on a sneaky-long course. His bunker game often holds him back but most struggle from the sand in San Antonio. Cam has quietly been firing some laser irons at longer par-3s recently, and he might be the only player in the field who can reach all four par-5s this week.
Gary Woodland, top-5 finish, +600 (wager: $300)
Gary’s game is peaking as he heads to a course where he has good history. Like Day, he’s a former major winner with health finally on his side. Let’s ride.
Charley Hoffman, top-10 finish, +600 (wager: $400)
The Seagull takes flight yearly here, and now it’s time for him to get his season on track. He will be on or near the front page Sunday.