Fact Pack: Valero Texas Open

By Will GrayApril 17, 2012, 8:30 pm

With many of the world's top players taking the week off as several big events loom in the not-too-distant future, a full field heads to San Antonio for the Valero Texas Open. Many players will look to emulate Brendan Steele, who used a win at this event last year to springboard into a strong rookie campaign. Young guns and grizzled veterans alike will by vying for the trophy this weekend at TPC San Antonio, hoping to capitalize on a full FedEx Cup point event without having to combat some of the game's top names. With that in mind, here is a look inside the numbers to see which players may contend for the title and help your Golf Channel Fantasy Challenge team in the process:

Matt Every carded his third top-10 finish of the year last week at the RBC Heritage behind a hot putter, averaging only 25.8 putts per round for the week. In his three best events of the season (Sony, Mayakoba, RBC) Every has averaged exactly 27 putts per round. By contrast, he has averaged 30.4 putts per round across the five events in which he has missed the cut in 2012.

• Golfers this weekend will be facing a stern test from their very first shot. The 454-yard, par-4 first hole has averaged 4.341 strokes during the tournament the last two years, making it the hardest hole on the course during that time. Conversely, holes 14-18 feature four of the six easiest holes on the course by stroke average.

• Veteran Billy Mayfair will be looking to build on his T-4 finish at Hilton Head last week, his first top-5 finish on Tour since August 2010. The medalist at Q-School in 2010, Mayfair has had a solid start to the year based largely around his short game. Always typically a straight hitter off the tee, he currently also ranks ninth on Tour in scrambling and second on Tour in sand save percentage.

Boo Weekley logged his second top-10 finish of the season last week in the friendly confines of Harbour Town and will need to tame a balky putter to post a similar result this week in San Antonio. Although Weekley is second on Tour in total driving, he ranks outside the top 150 in strokes gained putting, total putting and average distance of putts made.

Fredrik Jacobson seems to thrive at this event regardless of venue. The Swede has notched a top-5 finish here each of the last three years, including 2009 when the event was staged at La Cantera. In two years at TPC San Antonio, Jacobson has averaged fewer than 27 putts per round.

• Rookie Harris English continues to have a strong start to his first season on Tour, as his T-8 finish at Hilton Head marked his fifth top-20 finish in ten starts this year. Statistically speaking, his game appears very well-rounded: the University of Georgia alum currently ranks in the top 20 on Tour in driving distance, greens in regulation percentage, birdie average and the all-around ranking.

James Driscoll will look to continue his strong play in the state of Texas. Coming off a season-best T-8 finish at Houston last month, Driscoll will be in the Valero field looking to improve upon his T-9 finish here from 2010. He also lost to Zach Johnson in a playoff in 2009, the event's final year at La Cantera. The Virginia Cavalier currently ranks third on Tour in total putting.

• When discussing players with strong track records at this event, it may take a while before coming to the name of Brandt Jobe. But in his last four starts here dating back to 2006, Jobe has three top-17 finishes, including a T-15 showing last year at TPC San Antonio. Since starting his 2012 season with four straight missed cuts, Jobe has rebounded by making the cut in four of his last five events, including a T-9 finish at the Puerto Rico Open and a T-16 finish at the Honda Classic.

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Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...

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And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.

Man, it must be so cool do that at the Silverdome. ... ... ... I'm sorry, it is the Superdome, brothers.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.

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In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

Win No. 1: Title defense at the CIMB Classic

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Win Nos. 2 and 3: The Hawaiian double

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Record Round No. 1: 59 at the Sony Open

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Record Round No. 2: 63 at the U.S. Open

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Mr. Major (and win No. 4): PGA champ at Quail Hollow

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Win No. 5: Dell Technologies Championship

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Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.