The Bryson Show
It’s rare for a player in his 2nd professional start to be the biggest storyline heading into a PGA Tour event, but here we are. The dynamic DeChambeau’s unique approach to the game (clubs and swing) and personality has the golf world tuned into his every move. His t4th performance at last week’s RBC beat the professional debuts of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jack Nicklaus and Jordan Spieth. He now heads into this week’s Valero Texas Open as one of the favorites, having not finished outside of the top 30 in any of his 3 PGA Tour starts in 2016 (Arnold Palmer, the Masters and last week’s RBC heritage).
What happened last year...
Gusty winds led to high scores at last year’s Valero, and hometown star Jimmy Walker was able to tame the tough layout at TPC San Antonio to shoot 11-under-par and win by 3 shots over fellow Texan Jordan Spieth, with Billy Horschel finishing in third place. Walker used long drives and a hot putter to take home the title.
This year’s field
This will be the first PGA Tour event of the year lacking one of the world’s top 10, giving some lesser-known players a chance to shine. Besides DeChambeau, defending champion Jimmy Walker returns along with last week’s winner Brendan Grace, Phil Mickelson, Zach Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Patrick Reed.
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Where’s the top 10?
While most are taking the week off to spend time at home, young guns Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas and Smylie Kaufman are vacationing together in the Bahamas. Judging by their snapchat feeds, the trip has been filled with private jets, yachting and beachside housing … oh the joys of being millionaires in your early 20s ... Feel free to follow along on snapchat: handles: jlthomas34 & rickiefowler15
Bubba heads to China
Fresh off the announcement of its “golf ban” being lifted, China is gearing up for the 2nd annual Shenzhen International. American star Bubba Watson is making the trek for the second straight year and will go up against other world class players, including last year’s champion Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Victor Dubuisson, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Thorbjorn Oleson. Whether he’s going for the game or the cape is still TBD.
According to Golf Channel’s Tim Rosaforte, Tiger Woods is getting closer to a comeback. The greatest player of all time has been spotted logging heavy practice sessions at the Medalist Golf Club, upwards of 4-5 hours. The golf world eagerly awaits his return, which some speculate could come as soon as next month’s Players Championship.
Here’s a great workout that you can do anywhere. A variation of the traditional push-up, this will help build strength, flexibility and stability in one shabang.
Remarkable swing of a 2-year-old.
Willett officially joins the PGA Tour.
The Web.com is south of the border. Players to watch.
No gold for Scott, Aussie says no to Olympics.
Magazine sales ploy: Paige Spiranac dons the cover of this month’s Golf Digest.