#AskMattyG: Masters replica courses?
Matt Ginella joins Cara Robinson to answer a variety of questions from his mailbag. Watch Morning Drive on Golf Channel.
Seeing green: Hit the putting surface in Texas
Chris DiMarco discusses ways to land it on the greens at TPC San Antonio for the 2015 Valero Texas Open. Watch Morning Drive on Golf Channel.
Cook: TPC San Antonio good prep for Augusta
John Cook reports on the reasons why TPC San Antonio helps players set up for the Masters. Watch Morning Drive on Golf Channel.
More of the same: Advice to Spieth for Augusta
The Morning Drive crew discusses advice to give Jordan Spieth going into the Masters. Watch Morning Drive on Golf Channel.
Stat Man has the magic # to win at Valero
GolfChannel.com writer Will Gray has the winning number for the 2015 Valero Texas Open.Antonio had a four-round total of 280, including last year's winner, Australian Steven Bowditch . Now the winds blew pretty strong on Sunday, and he shot a final round 76. He still won. And that was the highest final round score by an eventual winner in nearly ten years, on the PGA tour . Alright, next up, we're shifting the focus from course to player. Now we just got done talking about how tough the ATT Oaks course has been playing. But its been no trouble for Jim Furyk over the last two years. Eight competitive rounds, averaging a two under par, 70, remember. Two years ago he finished alone in third place including a dramatic hole out from the fairway on the 72nd hole. And he backed it up with a tie for sixth last year. He comes in already with three top 15 finishes this season but still in search of that first win on PGA tour since the 2010 tour championship. Alright let's close things out as we always do, it is time. For the number of the week. The number this week is 21. You have to go back 21 events on the PGA tour to find a repeat winner. parity is alive and well among professional golfers. 19 events this season, 19 different winners. Of course
Spieth, Walker, Hahn grouped at Texas Open
The PGA Tour shifts from Florida to the Lone Star State this week for the Valero Texas Open. Here are five featured groups to watch at TPC San Antonio.
Matt Ginella Promotes TPC San Antonio for Avid Golfers
Matt Ginella explains why TPC San Antonio is a great golf destination vacation. Watch Morning Drive 7AM ET.only a PGA Tour event but the Canyons Course host, host a Champions Tour event. And what I've realized, five years later, is that the, they, this is an incredibly ver, popular destination. It was packed.
Big finish: DiMarco plays No. 18 at TPC San Antonio
Chris DiMarco gives a few tips on how to play the 18th hole at TPC San Antonio. Watch Morning Drive 7AM ET.So. You've got to hit it to a spot, it's a blind tee ball too so you've got to hit it up the right side. You've got to hit it to a blind spot , you get it out in the fairway. Now you've got a decision to make, because there's that creek we just saw run
Featured groups: Valero Texas Open
The PGA Tour moves from the Sunshine to the Lone Star State this week for the Valero Texas Open.
Stat attack!: Valero Texas Open preview
When the Valero Texas Open moved to TPC San Antonio in 2010, the tournament that was once a PGA Tour breather became one of the circuit's tougher tests.
Closer look: Ginella reviews TPC San Antonio
Ginella reviews the golf course at TPC San Antonio. Watch Morning Drive everyday 7AM ET.courses. You got The Oaks and The Canyons. Oaks was built by Greg Norman , and Canyons built by Pete Dye. This is one of the rare cases where the Pete Dye golf course , is actually the easier golf course on the property. I was talking to Matt Flory last night, the general manager of TPC San Antonio. He told me that Pete Dye actually picked his piece of land first, waited to see what Greg Norman did with his design, before he started designing the Canyons Course. This is one of only three properties in the United States that host two tour events, so you got Sawgrass that hosts a PGA tour and a web.com, web.com tour event, and Pebble Beach which hosts a PGA tour event and a Champion's Tour even. This one hosts a PGA tour event and a Champion's Tour event which will happen in October on the Canyons course. Cool thing about this property with these two courses, when they're hosting a PGA tour event. The alternate course remains open. So you can be playing golf in the morning, watching golf in the afternoon. Not parking.
Going the Distance: TPC San Antonio a tough test
Golf Channel’s Tripp Isenhour tells you why 'Going the Distance’ is important at TPC San Antonio, site of the 2014 Valero Texas Open. Get more distance at golfchannel.com/getlonglast year, this was the fourth hardest, non-major par 72 on the PGA tour , averaging 72.74. Let's look at why it played so difficult. Well the greens! They're difficult to hit. They were seventh most difficult to hit on the PGA Tour last year, only 59 percent of the players found the greens in regulation. Normally the players devour par five's on the PGA Tour , well they don't at the TPC San Antonio. The par five scoring average last year on the PGA Tour , 4th averaging 4.88 on the par five's. Couple of years ago, this was the most difficult set of par five's in 2011. And in 2012, it was the second most difficult set of par five's. Why are these par five's difficult? Well, it's difficult to hit them in two. Going for the green now, this includes going for par fours, as well. But this was fourth on the PGA Tour . One in three playes actually went for these greens when they had an opportunity. And, they were the toughest to hit. On the PGA tour , going for the green. Hit the green percentage. The most difficult one in ten players found the greens when they went for it. So that's why these players had such a hard time around TPC San Antonio. One other thing to watch for is this, they had 31 others. That's higher than a double bogey. On the PGA tour , that's rare to have 31 of em. You see it a lot at difficult golf courses . Well, you might see a lot of that this week at the TPC San Antonio. Well, that'll do it for this week's
Mickelson to play Valero for first time since 1992
Tournament officials at the Valero Texas Open are set to announce a “HUGE player announcement” on Wednesday, and all signs point to that star being Phil Mickelson.