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2013 Valero Texas Open - TV Schedule & Predictions

posted Mar 28, 2013, 1:35 AM by Simon Nguyen

The 2013 Valero Texas Open is scheduled for April 4-7 at AT&T Oaks Course in San Antonio. This championship is the last event before the Masters. The defending champion is Ben Curtis. Below are TV schedule and predictions for 2013 Valero Texas Open.

TV Schedule

*Subject to change

Tournament course: AT&T Oaks Course (Par 72 - TPC San Antonio)
Yardage: 7522 (from ValeroTexasOpen.org)
2012 Winner's score: 280 (-8)

Thursday April 4 - Round 1 - Golf Channel (3 PM ET)
Friday April 5 - Round 2 - Golf Channel (3 PM ET)
Saturday April 6 - Round 3 - NBC (3 PM ET) - Golf Channel (Bonus coverage - 1 PM ET)
Sunday April 7 - Final Round - NBC (3 PM ET) - Golf Channel (Bonus coverage - 1 PM ET)

Predictions

1. Winner's Prediction: Fredrik Jacobson. The Greg Norman-designed Oaks Course offers plenty of Australian flavors. The course serves up an abundance of bunkers, undulating fairways, and wholesale varieties of natural hazards. When the wind blows, it emulates conditions found in Down Under. Players who have enjoyed success here usually hit a straight ball and possess an excellent short game. Jacobson's game fits the description well. The Swede's driving is accurate enough to not be a liability, and his short game needs no advertisement. Since the Texas Open moved to TPC Antonio in 2010, Jacobson has amassed two top-5 finishes and a T18. Needless to say, the 38-year-old loves this course and tournament. Jacobson is enjoying very good form at the moment, finishing no lower than T25 in his last five starts.

2. Dark Horse: David Lynn. The veteran golfer is one of the under-the-radar players who don't play much in the States, but play well when they do. Even when Lynn finished runner-up to McIlroy at last year's PGA Championship, he did not get a lot of notoriety for that performance. He did, however, earn an exemption to play on this year's PGA Tour. Lynn's 2013 record to this point has been average, but he did manage a T4 at the Honda Classic on a very difficult course against a strong field. With about a dozen starts in America under his belt, the Texas Open could be his breakout event. Lynn earned a reputation as a good wind player from his trade in Europe and his masterful performance at Kiawah Island. Will he deliver another excellent performance at windy TPC San Antonio?

3. Player to Watch: Ian Poulter. The English star has never played the Texas Open, but his game perfectly suits the tournament course. Poulter plays very similar to Jacobson. His iron game is among the best on Tour, while his putting is spectacular. Ian is a streaky player. If he gets hot with his putter, he will definitely contend for the title.

4. Top Favorites: 1. Fredrik Jacobson | 2. Matt Kuchar (Excellent from tee to green, great short game) | 3. Charl Schwartzel (Fantastic iron player, putting is top-notched) | 4. Ian Poulter | 5. Justin Leonard (3-time champion but his wins were not at Oaks Course, has been playing well of late).


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