The PGA Tour shifts from Florida to the Lone Star State for this week's Valero Texas Open. Here are five featured groups to watch at TPC San Antonio. Click here for full tee times.
Dustin Johnson, Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk: 9 a.m. ET Thursday (10 tee), 1:50 p.m. Friday (1 tee)
Johnson is coming off a two-week break following his big win at Doral. This is his first start at TPC San Antonio since 2009; it was also the site of his first PGA Tour event, in ’07. McDowell, who has gone MC-T56-MC in his last three Tour starts, is making his debut here, while Furyk has played here each of the past two years, finishing in the top six in each start.
Martin Kaymer, Matt Kuchar and Justin Leonard: 9:10 a.m. Thursday (10 tee), 2 p.m. Friday (1 tee)
Kaymer is looking to kick-start what has been a sleepy beginning to his 2015 season, with a pair of finishes outside the top 30 in two 2015 Tour starts. Kuchar has been uncharacteristically adrift as well, failing to record a top-10 since the Humana in late January. He was T-4 here a year ago. The 42-year-old Leonard, meanwhile, has played San Antonio every year since 2006. The Texan doesn’t have a top-10 since ’09.
Matt Every, Alex Cejka and Harris English: 9:20 a.m. ET Thursday (10 tee), 2:10 p.m. Friday (1 tee)
A surprise, certainly, that English is the only player in this three-ball without a 2014-15 victory. Every is coming off a surprising win at Bay Hill, his first top-40 finish of the season. Cejka broke through for his first Tour title in Puerto Rico. More attention this week will be paid to English, as he attempts to crack the top 50 in the world ranking. The top 50 players after this week’s event qualify for the Masters. The former Georgia Bulldog begins the week at No. 53, after a poor weekend at Arnie’s Place.
Jordan Spieth, James Hahn and Jimmy Walker: 1:50 p.m. Thursday (1 tee), 9 a.m. Friday (10 tee)
Spieth is making his first start since his clutch playoff victory in Tampa. This will already be the 21-year-old’s fourth career start in San Antonio. Last year he tied for 10th. Hahn hasn’t played since his own playoff victory at Riviera, as he and his wife welcomed their first child. Walker continues to lead the season-long FedEx Cup points race, despite failing to record a top-20 finish in his last three starts. In nine starts at this event, he has only one top-10 (2010).
Billy Horschel, Zach Johnson and Phil Mickelson: 2 p.m. Thursday (1 tee), 9:10 a.m. Thursday (10 tee)
Horschel is still looking to rediscover the form that saw him capture the FedEx Cup a year ago. Remarkably, he has just one top-25 in 11 starts this season. Johnson is coming off a nice week at Bay Hill, where he made an albatross in the final round en route to a T-9 finish. He has a strong record in this event too, winning in 2008 and ’09 (when the event was held at LaCantera) and finishing T-6 a year ago. Mickelson has finished outside the top 10 in 30 of his last 32 PGA Tour starts. Last year he attempted to use this event as a Masters tune-up, but instead withdrew because of injury.