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Traditionally held in May, this year's Texas Open has been moved to one of the more challenged spots on the PGA Tour calendar, occupying the week following the first major of the season (The Masters). In the past the advantage of this particular spot on the schedule might include the participation of some of the world's top international talent, taking use of the trip to the States to enjoy a prolonged stay on the Tour. This season it appears such benefits will not be felt by the Texas Open as the field is rather slim and includes very few of golf's jet-set crowd. However, this event is set to enjoy one of the best fields ever assembled for the TPC San Antonio. Originally listed as part of the Tour's Fall Series, this move to the early part of the year has tempted more than a few of the game's respected commodities to the links designed and built by former golf icon Greg Norman. This is a relatively young course (this event was originally hosted by the La Cantera Golf Club) and as such the fantasy owner will not enjoy the luxury of deep historical analysis to assist in making selections. Built in the midst of the Texas hills, Norman fought to maintain the lay of the land while constructing unique golf holes that will challenge the best golfers in the world. He did an outstanding job of utilizing the various changes in elevation that serve as the trademark of this area of the state while Texas oak trees (some of the biggest in the land) serve as the visual identity of the course, marking the Oaks Course as one of the more unique and challenging venues on the Tour. In general, we note the length of this course (over 7,500 yards) as one of the prominent features that jumps off the page, but in lieu of the various elevation changes, we find that length is more than manageable for the golfer who may struggle to achieve gratifying length with the driver. The greens are sizeable and forgiving, putting full focus on the confidence with middle irons. Past winners – including Eric Axley, Justin Leonard, Zach Johnson (a two-time winner) and Adam Scott – all own respectable length off the tee, but their efforts to pull victory at the Texas Open were earned with supreme efforts on the approach via confidence with irons followed by focused accuracy with the putter.

Golfers listed in this article:
  1. Geoff Ogilvy
  2. Adam Scott
  3. Ryan Palmer
  4. J.B. Holmes
  5. Anthony Kim
  6. Martin Laird
  7. Bo Van Pelt
  8. Fredrik Jacobson
  9. Carl Pettersson
  10. Justin Leonard
  11. Brendon de Jonge
  12. Jimmy Walker
  13. Scott Verplank
  14. Charley Hoffman
  15. Steve Flesch
  16. Angel Cabrera
  17. Brandt Snedeker
  18. Ricky Barnes
  19. Jhonattan Vegas
  20. John Rollins
  21. Charles Howell III
  22. Kevin Na
  23. Brian Gay
  24. John Senden
  25. Pat Perez
  26. Ryuji Imada
  27. Paul Goydos
  28. Chad Campbell
  29. Zack Miller
  30. Arjun Atwal
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