You Oughta Know: Mickelson headlines Texas Open


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:

Phil Mickelson: 69.44
Adam Scott: 69.63
Rickie Fowler: 69.83
Justin Rose: 69.93
Jordan Spieth: 69.93

• 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

Bryson DeChambeau is making his second start as a pro. Last week in his debut at the RBC Heritage, he led the field in strokes gained tee-to-green. He was 46th, however, in strokes gained putting.

• 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.

2015 Bryson DeChambeau: T-4
2004 Ryan Moore: T-51
1996 Tiger Woods: T-60
1990 Phil Mickelson: Cut
1961 Jack Nicklaus: T-50

• Nicklaus earned $33.33 in his first professional start. DeChambeau earned $259,600.

• Defending champion Jimmy Walker has nine rounds under par at TPC San Antonio over the last three years, tied with Charley Hoffman for the most in that span:

Jimmy Walker: 9
Charley Hoffman: 9
Daniel Summerhays: 8
Jordan Spieth: 8
Billy Horschel: 8

• 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.

TPC San Antonio, Valero Texas Open: +2.52
PGA National (Champion),The Honda Classic: +1.83
Riviera CC, Northern Trust Open: +1.59