The PGA Tour begins a two-week stint in Texas with the Valero Texas Open, the 20th event of the wraparound season. A field of 144 will tackle TPC San Antonio this week, where the winner will receive one of the last spots in the Masters.
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Steven Bowditch won this event a year ago by one shot over Will MacKenzie and Daniel Summerhays. Here are 10 players to watch in San Antonio:
1. Jim Furyk: Furyk finished third in his debut at TPC San Antonio in 2013, then followed with a T-6 finish last year. He has only one finish outside the top 15 this season and currently ranks second on Tour in strokes gained tee-to-green and third in GIR percentage.
2. Jordan Spieth: Spieth is making his first start since a dramatic playoff victory in Tampa. He finally found his groove in San Antonio last year, where he finished T-10 despite an opening-round 75 after missing the cut at this event the prior year.
3. Dustin Johnson: Like Spieth, Johnson is making his first start after a win, having captured the trophy at Doral earlier this month. Johnson is making his first trip to TPC San Antonio, but he now has three top-five finishes in his last four starts, including a playoff loss at Riviera last month.
4. Matt Kuchar: Kuchar has been his usual consistent self this season: no result worse than T-33 in eight starts. He is also comfortable on the AT&T Oaks Course, with three straight top-25 finishes in this event highlighted by a T-4 finish last year.
5. Zach Johnson: Johnson won this event twice at La Cantera, and he finished T-6 last year in his return to San Antonio after a few years away. He enters with a pair of top-10 finishes in his last four events, including a T-9 finish at Bay Hill that included a final-round albatross.
6. Jimmy Walker: Walker is playing what amounts to a home game this week, and he'll have plenty of fan support. While he has slowed somewhat since his Sony Open win, Walker was T-3 at TPC San Antonio in 2010 and T-16 last year.
7. Ryan Palmer: Palmer tends to thrive in the Lone Star State, and his record this season is already impressive. He has made seven starts, with six resulting in top-25 finishes including a runner-up showing in Phoenix. Palmer was T-9 in San Antonio in 2010 and T-15 two years ago.
8. Freddie Jacobson: Consider it horses for courses. No matter his form, Jacobson seems to thrive at TPC San Antonio: in five straight appearances, he a pair of top-10s and has finished no worse than T-18. The Swede ranks fifth on Tour in strokes gained putting.
9. Brendan Steele: Steele notched his lone PGA Tour win at this event in 2011, and he followed with a T-4 finish in 2012. He has made every cut in 10 starts this season, including four top-25 finishes and a runner-up at the Humana Challenge. He was T-11 at the Honda Classic earlier this month.
10. Daniel Berger: The rookie has shown that his playoff loss at PGA National is no fluke. He finished T-13 at Bay Hill and now has six top-25 finishes in eight starts this year, with five of those results inside the top 15. He ranks 13th on Tour in birdie average and 17th in scoring average.