The PGA Tour moves from the relaxed vibes of Hilton Head to one of the toughest non-major tracks of the year at TPC San Antonio. Here's what You Oughta Know heading into the Valero Texas Open. (Stats provided by the Golf Channel research department.)
• Phil Mickelson returns for the third straight year, and he will be looking to rebound after a disappointing missed cut at the Masters.
• Mickelson continues to lead the PGA Tour in scoring average:
• Not surprisingly, Mickelson is putting much better than last year:
Inside 10 feet: 114th in 2015; 4th in 2016
Strokes gained: T-41; eighth
Total putting: T-53; fourth
• DeChambeau had the best pro debut among the five players to win the U.S. Amateur and the NCAA individual title in the same year.
• Nicklaus earned $33.33 in his first professional start. DeChambeau earned $259,600.
• Coming off his first PGA Tour win at Hilton Head, Branden Grace will tee it up in San Antonio. He used a great short game to secure victory, ranking second in proximity to the hole around the green and fourth in scrambling.
• TPC San Antonio was the most difficult non-major course on the PGA Tour last season.