One week after the WGC, players look to turn their focus to tune up before the Masters 2023.
Green Jackets and such, the Valero Texas Open will be held this weekend and wrap up the seasonal Texas stint in which the PGA takes its grasp on the great fairways of Texas!
There are going to be multiple big-name players at the Valero Open, and they will be looking to not only use this tournament as a tune-up but also to win it all.
A huge prize purse and ranking points that come along with a good result here, there are tons of top fifty players who have a chance at really cementing their spot for further events later on in the year.
This tournament has had many Champions that have gone on to be historical.
The conditions at this year’s Valero Texas Open will be tricky, but the consistency should remain the same throughout the tourney.
Barring any weather negatives and other outside factors, there is going to be a beautiful weekend of golf on the way!
Let’s take a look at some of the top players attending and how they could fare with the rest of ‘em on Stake.com’s sportsbook!
Players to Watch For
J.J. Spaun - 2021-2022 Champion Returns
The 2022 Champion of the Valero Texas Open, J.J. Spaun is set to make his much-anticipated return to the green.
Spaun has had a turbulent year thus far, and hasn’t been able to make his mark on most tournaments he’s played in.
However, the night is young and there is still plenty of time to make up for lost ground.
Currently ranked in the top 70, Spaun is a more than capable player of top twenty calibre play.
His abilities are all perfect for conditions such as these in Valero, and he will look to once again lift the trophy this weekend.
Spaun is a player who can lay some inconsistent eggs in the basket from time to time, but overall, he should be more than willing to take risks especially at this event.
Look for Spaun to work his magic with his putter this weekend and set up some great shots for birdie and below.
Corey Conners - Career Rebirth
Corey Conners, another Valero Texas former Champ, is trying to rebirth into the top thirty as he currently sits at the 40 spot in the PGA Top 100.
Conners has a solid game, and there is no denying his potential talent within this sport as his career goes on.
Only 31 years of age after turning pro in 2015, Conners will have some Canadian support coming down to the Valero and will likely more than thrive with his plays in tricky situations like the bunkers and rolling hills of TPC San Antonio.
Hideki Matsuyama - Top 10 in Sights
Hideki Matsuyama is one of the top players heading to this year’s Valero Open and he’s one of the best bets you could be making.
One of the most capable and talented players on the scene, Matsuyama is itching for a big result this season.
2023 can only go upwards for Hideki and his past results have shown that is able to turn things around during this time of the year.
Eyeing a top 10 return in the near future, Matsuyama will try to make up for lost time and win this event.
Putting a huge title like this under your belt can open up the rest of your season, and for Matsuyama, would relieve a ton of stress.