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Fantasy Aces: Valero Texas Open

WEEK 18, MATCH 1: Jim McCabe ($3,535,642; 7-9-1) vs. Jeff Babineau ($2,151,948; 6-8-3)

JIM McCABE

Valero Texas Open

Site: San Antonio

Courses: TPC San Antonio (Oaks) (7,522 yards, par 72)

Purse: $6.1 million

Winner’s share: $1,098,000

Best bet: Justin Leonard. Sure, it’s a different venue, but it’s still the “Texas Open,” isn’t it? That means Leonard’s the guy to beat.

Ace up my sleeve: Adam Scott. Hitting it pretty well, putting it better after a tweak with Dave Stockton, and most importantly, he’s excited about playing.

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JEFF BABINEAU

Best bet: Ernie Els. He should be a man among boys this week in San Antonio, with a third 2010 tournament victory there for the pickings. Looking to get back on track after a disappointing performance at The Players.

Ace up my sleeve: Adam Scott. Dave Stockton and Sons have been helping him with his putting, and one day soon, Adam Scott is going to find the ingredients to re-emerge as one of the game’s top players. Maybe he can find something in the Texas dirt.




WEEK 18, MATCH 2: Sean Martin ($5,616,938; 8-8-1) vs. Lance Ringler ($3,471,498; 10-6-1)

SEAN MARTIN

Best bet: J.B. Holmes. He’s playing pretty consistent for a big hitter. Holmes has made 10 of 11 cuts this year, and finished in the top 25 in more than half his starts. He’s coming off a tie for 13th at the Players.

Ace up my sleeve: Bobby Gates. As Golfweek’s Nationwide Tour expert (we use that title loosely), I have to go with the leading money from the PGA Tour’s junior circuit. He’s in the field this week on a sponsor exemption. Gates, who played his college golf at Texas A&M, has led the money list every week this year after he followed up a season-opening victory in New Zealand with a third-place finish in Australia. Gates’ has finished 26th or better in his past three starts, including a tie for seventh in his last start. Gates Monday qualified for last year’s Texas Open and tied for 47nd.

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LANCE RINGLER

Best bet: Ernie Els. A new venue this week, so we should not see a big course knowledge advantage favoring any player. With that being said, Els is your play this week. He has been in good form all season with two wins and seven top 25s in 10 starts.

Ace up my sleeve: J.J. Henry. He has seen a lot of weekend activity this season and on a new course this week, look for him to get into the hunt. He placed in the top 10 at Quail Hollow and made the cut last week at Sawgrass.

The Valero Texas Open field based on the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index:

  • 9. Ernie Els
  • 12. Zach Johnson
  • 24. Sergio Garcia
  • 44. Michael Sim
  • 48. Justin Leonard
  • 54. J.B. Holmes
  • 55. Vijay Singh
  • 58. Tom Gillis
  • 62. Fredrik Jacobson
  • 63. J.J. Henry
  • 66. Adam Scott
  • 74. Mark Wilson
  • 75. Marc Leishman
  • 79. Brian Gay
  • 82. Chad Campbell
  • 85. Bo Van Pelt
  • 87. Chris Riley
  • 90. Chris Tidland
  • 110. Cameron Percy
  • 112. John Rollins
  • 116. Paul Goydos
  • 121. Jeev Milkha Singh
  • 123. Matt Jones
  • 124. Spencer Levin
  • 128. Blake Adams
  • 131. Garrett Willis
  • 133. Carl Pettersson
  • 141. Steve Elkington
  • 142. Charley Hoffman
  • 146. Brett Quigley
  • 149. Bob Estes
  • 152. Michael Letzig
  • 154. Tom Pernice, Jr.
  • 156. Pat Perez
  • 161. Charlie Wi
  • 162. Graham DeLaet
  • 163. Scott McCarron
  • 168. Robert Garrigus
  • 173. Troy Matteson
  • 175. Vaughn Taylor
  • 178. Kevin Stadler
  • 179. Tim Herron
  • 180. Henrik Bjornstad
  • 181. Tim Wilkinson
  • 182. Briny Baird
  • 184. Craig Bowden
  • 185. Chris DiMarco
  • 189. Greg Owen
  • 195. Jeff Maggert
  • 197. Jarrod Lyle
  • 202. Richard S. Johnson
  • 204. Chris Stroud
  • 206. Jimmy Walker
  • 208. Joe Ogilvie
  • 214. Josh Teater
  • 215. Marco Dawson
  • 216. Kris Blanks
  • 218. Billy Mayfair
  • 222. Tim Petrovic
  • 224. James Driscoll
  • 225. Ted Purdy
  • 226. Aaron Baddeley
  • 233. Steve Wheatcroft
  • 235. Steve Flesch
  • 236. Shaun Micheel
  • 240. Aron Price
  • 242. Daniel Chopra
  • 243. David Lutterus
  • 245. Matt Bettencourt
  • 248. Roger Tambellini
  • 249. Jonathan Kaye
  • 253. Johnson Wagner
  • 261. James Nitties
  • 263. Harrison Frazar
  • 265. Brian Stuard
  • 266. Lee Janzen
  • 268. Scott Piercy
  • 275. Garth Mulroy
  • 276. Michael Bradley
  • 285. Mathew Goggin
  • 286. Kent Jones
  • 291. Justin Bolli
  • 296. Bill Lunde
  • 301. Bobby Gates
  • 302. Ryan Palmer
  • 306. Jeff Gove
  • 307. Rocco Mediate
  • 309. Dean Wilson
  • 312. Matt Weibring
  • 313. Nicholas Thompson
  • 324. Carlos Franco
  • 328. Omar Uresti
  • 332. Troy Merritt
  • 334. Chez Reavie
  • 337. Charles Warren
  • 342. Will MacKenzie
  • 343. Craig Barlow
  • 348. Rich Barcelo
  • 350. Cameron Beckman
  • 353. Mathias Gronberg
  • 358. Mark Hensby
  • 361. Cameron Tringale
  • 362. John Mallinger
  • 366. Skip Kendall
  • 367. Jason Gore
  • 378. Kirk Triplett
  • 391. Jerod Turner
  • 395. Steve Lowery
  • 398. John Daly
  • 402. Paul Stankowski
  • 417. Joe Durant
  • 434. Brent Delahoussaye
  • 438. Frank Lickliter II
  • 441. Chris Wilson
  • 443. Jay Delsing
  • 454. Vance Veazey
  • 455. David Duval
  • 458. Glen Day
  • 459. Jay Williamson
  • 483. Martin Flores
  • 493. Todd Hamilton
  • 499. Andrew McLardy
  • 516. Brenden Pappas
  • 522. Arjun Atwal
  • 527. Guy Boros
  • 543. Michael Clark II
  • 556. Mark Brooks
  • 568. Jim Carter
  • 585. Kevin Johnson
  • 617. Cliff Kresge
  • 638. Jim McGovern
  • 653. Robert Damron
  • 663. Phil Tataurangi
  • 696. Gary Woodland
  • 697. Dicky Pride
  • 718. J.L. Lewis
  • 731. Grant Waite
  • 795. Len Mattiace
  • 807. Brian Bateman
  • 901. Eric Axley
  • 945. Robert Gamez
  • N/R. Tommy Armour III
  • N/R. Jeff Burns
  • N/R. Michael Connell
  • N/R. Robin Freeman
  • N/R. John Huston
  • N/R. Thomas Kearney
  • N/R. John C. Little II
  • N/R. Spike McRoy
  • N/R. John Morse
  • N/R. Tim Thelen
  • N/R. Brett Wetterich

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