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Fact Pack: Valero Texas Open

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This week the PGA Tour stays in Texas for the second straight week, heading down the road to San Antonio for the Valero Texas Open. Players will tackle the AT&T Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio in hopes of earning the final berth in the Masters next week. With that in mind, here is a look inside the numbers to see which players may contend for the title and help your Golf Channel Fantasy Challenge team in the process:

• In the midst of a comeback season, Justin Leonard heads back to an event where he has had a remarkable level of success. Playing this year on a one-time exemption based on career earnings, Leonard has made the cut in eight of nine starts this season, highlighted by a tie for fourth at the Tampa Bay Championship. With more than $2.6 million, he is the career money leader in this event, having won it in 2000, 2001 and 2007 at LaCantera. The Texan has made the cut in each of three starts since the move to TPC San Antonio, with his best finish a tie for 30th in 2011.

• With 137 of 156 players in this week's field not already exempt for the season's first major, there is a strong possibility that the winner Sunday will take home a ticket to The Masters along with the trophy. This marks the first time this event has been played prior to the season's first major; it was typically held in the fall prior to a move to May in 2009-2010, while the last two years saw the event contested in late April.

• Still in search of his first career PGA Tour victory, Charlie Wi may be a player to consider as a possible sleeper pick at TPC San Antonio. He tied for fourth last year in addition to a T-17 finish in 2010, while in his last appearance at LaCantera he tied for second in 2008. Though he missed the cut in his last start at Bay Hill, it was the first cut the Cal alum has missed in eight starts so far this season.

• While the greens at the AT&T Oaks Course can be difficult to reach in regulation, doing so is a key to overall success if last year is any indication. In 2012, each of the three players atop the final leaderboard were in the top 10 for the week in GIR percentage; winner Ben Curtis led the field with 49/72 greens in regulation, while co-runner-ups John Huh (47/72) and Matt Every (46/72) were close behind.

• Though James Hahn made the cut last week in Houston, he may need the Tour to add a few more West Coast events to help resurrect his rookie season. The California native netted a pair of top-five finishes in his first five events, including a tie for third at Pebble Beach, making the cut in each of six starts in the Pacific Time Zone. When the Tour shifted east, though, Hahn missed four straight cuts before his T-56 showing in Houston, at one point enduring a stretch of 12 straight rounds without breaking 70.