Dark Horse Picks to Win PGA 2023 Valero Texas Open on FanDuel Sportsbook
The Masters is next week, and the winner of this week's Valero Texas Open will earn a spot in the first major of the year at Augusta with a win, if not already eligible.
The Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio is a tree-lined, second-shot golf course that plays to approximately 7,438 yards and Par 72. Their is very little rough around the fairways and Bermuda greens. The field includes just two of the top 25 players in the world golf rankings. That opens the door for more longshots to battle the leading favorites like Tyrrell Hatton and Hideki Matsuyama along with Corey Connors and Si Woo Kim.
Following wins by dark horse picks Max Homa in the Farmers Insurance Open and Adam Svensson (150/1) in the RSM Classic, there are opportunities to cash in on other players behind the leading favorites. That includes for a top-10 or top-20 finish like dark horse Jason Day at The PLAYERS Championship or top-5 finish by Tommy Fleetwood (T-3) at the Valspar Championship.
Valero Texas Open Dark Horse Picks 2023
Beyond the favorites, there are plenty of capable longshots and dark horses that could make a run at the leaderboard and come away with a higher finish or victory on Sunday. After all, did you see Kurt Kitayama win the Arnold Palmer Invitational at 220/1 odds or greater?
Check out the Valero Texas Open odds to win along with finishing position odds, tournament matchups and golf props on FanDuel Sportsbook.
1. Matt Wallace (+3700)
Wallace won last week's Corales Puntacana Championship, and a win this week gets him an invite to next week's Masters. The 32-year-old Englishman had a poor four month stretch until finishing T-7 at Valspar and winning last week. His strokes gained Around the Green, Short Game and Approach stats have been a real strength over his last 36 rounds. Wallace also finished 3rd in this event in 2021 when not playing as well entering the tournament.
2. Eric Cole (+10000)
Eric Cole makes his tournament debut here, but that shouldn't deter you from taking a shot on this late bloomer on Tour. Cole's putting and short game are strong and rank top-20 in this field. The 34-year-old burst on the scene this year with a solid T-15 at Pebble Beach and then lost in a playoff at Honda in his debut at PGA National. A top-30 finish in The PLAYERS Championship against an elite field where ball striking, precision iron play and around the green play is needed makes him a dark horse worth riding at long odds in Texas.
3. Ryan Moore (+25000)
Ryan Moore is one to include at these big bomber odds and for a top-30 finish or better, despite missing four straight cuts entering the event. The 40-year-old five-time PGA Tour winner has played well here and is a very accurate driver. He's never missed a cut and has three top-10s while playing 20 rounds at TPC San Antonio. His strokes gained stats are among the very best in this field at the Oaks Course, and especially Tee-to-Green, Ball Striking and Approach (top-7 all).
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