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TEXAS OPEN; GOLF THE LOWDOWN.

Course TPC San Antonio (AT&T Oaks Course), San Antonio, Texas Prize money $6.2m ($1.116m to the winner) Length 7,435 yards Par 72 Field 156 Course records - 72 holes 274 Adam Scott (2010), Martin Laird (2013) 18 holes 63 Matt Every (2012), Martin Laird (2013) Course winners taking part Brendan Steele, Ben Curtis, Martin Laird, Steven Bowditch, Jimmy Walker, Charley Hoffman When to bet By 1pm tomorrow Where to watch Live on Sky Sports 4 from 8.30pm tomorrow Time difference Texas is six hours behind the UK and Ireland Last week - The Heritage 1 W Bryan (70-1), 2 L Donald (40-1), T3 P Cantlay (66-), O Schniederjans (100-1), W McGirt (50-1), T6 B Gay (250-1), JJ Spaun (125-1), G DeLaet (100-1) Course overview The Oaks Course was designed by Greg Norman (with the assistance of Sergio Garcia) and has been used for this tournament since 2010. Adam Scott won there first before saying that the layout reminded him of sandbelt courses in Australia. There are plenty of deep bunkers, along with lots of penal scrubland, off the fairways. Most holes are tight off the tee, others afford room for manoeuvre. The greens are undulating and tough to hold. Three of the four par-threes are 200-yards-plus with the 13th a beast at 241. The first two par-fives (second and eighth) are over 600 yards apiece. The par-four fourth is the hardest hole of all. The par-fours of one and nine (where Kevin Na once carded a 16) are also difficult, but the 14th and 17th are excellent par-four birdie chances. Not many players finish under par in this event and anything double-digits under always has an excellent chance of victory Story of last year Charley Hoffman fended off Patrick Reed, winning by a shot with a successful ten-foot birdie putt at the 18th hole Weather forecast Hot and humid, with moderate breezes. A strong Saturday morning thunderstorm could slow proceedings, before perfect Sunday conditions Type of player suited to challenge Crisp ball-strikers who find plenty of greens in regulation are typically favoured for this challenging assignment. Length is a serious asset in aiding GIR stats on a long course which is set for a Saturday morning soaking Key attribute Power

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Apr 19, 2017
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