Featured groups: Valero Texas Open


The PGA Tour moves from the Sunshine State to the Lone Star State for this week's Valero Texas Open

Last week Phil Mickelson committed to play this event for the first time since 1992. The world No. 5 has yet to record a top 10 in seven PGA Tour starts this season.

On Thursday at TPC San Antonio, Lefty will go off at 9 a.m. ET (off 10 tee) with 20-year-old Texan Jordan Spieth and defending champion Martin Laird. The threesome will tee off at 1:50 p.m. Friday.

Other featured groups include Zach Johnson, Jim Furyk and John Senden, who are set to go off at 9:10 a.m. Johnson, a two-time winner of this event, hasn’t played since 2010, while Furyk finished third here a year ago, when it was held the week prior to the Masters. Senden ended a 7 ½-year winless drought when he broke through two weeks ago in Tampa. 

Jimmy Walker, who lives in San Antonio, will be grouped with Ernie Els and Justin Leonard during the first two rounds (1:50 p.m. Thursday). 

The group of Matt Kuchar, Billy Horschel and Chesson Hadley (2 p.m. Thursday) is also worth noting. Horschel was in contention here a year ago, finishing third, while Hadley needs a good finish to punch his ticket to the Masters. He is currently 56th in the Official World Ranking.