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Sergio Garcia tops the betting in Texas at 12/1 but in the win only category you have to be enticed by an on the nose flutter on Charley Hoffman at 18/1. He’s been simmering through the Arnie (T14) and Masters (T12), threw in a nice 66 at Harbour Town last week and literally has his own personal cash machine on the gable wall of the clubhouse here. Winner of the event in 2016 and three other top-3 finishes since 2011.
Billy Horschel 33/1
Hear me now. Billy Ho may have more missed cuts than a blind barber but when he finds it, as he did with a T5 last week in South Carolina, he generally rides that wave. Especially so when he’s coming back to a tournament in which he has three top-4 finishes in the last five years.
Chesson Hadley 40/1
Chesson Hadley is going along very nicely this season on Tour and added to his best of T5 in Phoenix with a solid T7 at the RBC Heritage last week. He might have been unhappy with a final round 72 but has a chance to compete again on his fourth visit to the Texas Open. Best of T4 here in 2015.
Brendan Steele 33/1
Missed the cut at The Masters but Brendan Steele is one of THE most consistent top-30 merchants on Tour week in week out. Already a winner during the wraparound 2018 season, he is an ever present at this event since winning on his debut in 2011.  Two top-10’s since.
Pat Perez 40/1
Double P returns to the Texas Open for the first time since 2015 and has three top-10’s in his nine visits dating back to 2002. Form has tailed off since early season but be assured Pat’s stats every week are that of a winner; it’s the six inches between the ears that get manifested through bogeys. Having said that, this is a course he putts extremely well on so well worth a look.
Luke List 25/1
Everybody is waiting for Luke List to pop his PGA Tour cherry with a win and we want to have him backed when he does!Never mind his crappy record from three starts in San Antonio; now that he’s figured out the Tour game at 33 he’s battled Justin Thomas in a playoff at The Honda, been T7 at Bay Hill and finished T3 again last week.  Surely….surely….
Ryan Palmer 50/1
Terrible form of late but Ryan Palmer is a Texas boy and he gives this one his all every year.  Top six in the last three stagings and though winless since 2010, showed at the Farmers this year (lost playoff with Noren to Day) that on his day he can still contend.

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