Phil Mickelson will make his second appearance at the Valero Texas Open this week at TPC San Antonio’s Oaks Course.
Mickelson, who tied for 47th in his first Texas Open start in 1992 (Mickelson’s rookie year), will play the first two rounds alongside Jordan Spieth and defending champion Martin Laird. The trio will tee off at 8 a.m. Thursday off tee No. 10 and 12:50 p.m. Friday off tee No. 1.
It is expected to be Mickelson’s second to last start before the Masters, which is two weeks away – he’ll play the Shell Houston Open next week. Of course, Augusta National will surely be a hot topic in San Antonio.
Chesson Hadley, who is paired with Matt Kuchar and Billy Horschel, is ranked 56th in the Official World Golf Ranking. Should he move inside the top 50 after this week, he’d earn his first Masters berth. No. 62 Ryan Palmer is also hoping to move into the top 50 at the Texas Open.
Hadley and Palmer are the only two players who could crack the top 50 without a win, meaning a maximum of three Masters invites could be handed out Sunday.
Other notable pairings include John Senden, Zach Johnson and Jim Furyk, as well as Jimmy Walker, Ernie Els and Justin Leonard.
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Here are more facts and figures for the Texas Open:
• Time and place: Thursday-Saturday, TPC San Antonio (Oaks Course)
• At stake: $1,116,000 winner’s prize in $6.2 million purse; 500 FedEx Cup points to winner
• Top-ranked players, OWGR: 5. Phil Mickelson, 10. Zach Johnson, 11. Matt Kuchar, 13. Jordan Spieth. Golfweek/Sagarin: 6. Matt Kuchar, 7. Zach Johnson, 14. Phil Mickelson, 15. Jim Furyk.
• Short shots: Martin Laird fired a course-record tying, final-round 63 to beat Rory McIlroy by two shots in last year’s tournament. Laird is back to defend, but McIlroy is not in the field this week. . . . Zach Johnson is a two-time winner of the event (2008-09). . . . Jeff Maggert, who won last week in his Champions Tour debut, is in the field.
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Here are the tee times and pairings for the first two rounds of the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio’s Oaks Course (all times local):
OFF TEE NO. 1
7:30 a.m.: Dudley Hart, Cameron Tringale, Russell Knox
7:40 a.m.: Daniel Summerhays, Jason Kokrak, Martin Flores
7:50 a.m.: Cameron Beckman, Brendon de Jonge, Chad Collins
8:00 a.m.: Scott Brown, J.J. Henry, Robert Allenby
8:10 a.m.: Brian Gay, Kevin Na, Jhonattan Vegas
8:20 a.m.: Kyle Stanley, Geoff Ogilvy, Retief Goosen
8:30 a.m.: Matt Bettencourt, Fred Funk, Luke Guthrie
8:40 a.m.: John Rollins, Bo Van Pelt, Trevor Immelman
8:50 a.m.: Miguel Angel Carballo, Andrew Svoboda, Kevin Foley
9:00 a.m.: Tim Wilkinson, Robert Streb, Scott Gardiner
9:10 a.m.: Troy Merritt, Tyrone Van Aswegen, Edward Loar
9:20 a.m.: Andrew Loupe, Benjamin Alvarado, Mike Miller
12:20 p.m.: Richard H. Lee, Ricky Barnes, David Lingmerth
12:30 p.m.: Ryan Palmer, J.B. Holmes, Nicolas Colsaerts
12:40 p.m.: Freddie Jacobson, Nicholas Thompson, Scott Langley
12:50 p.m.: Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Martin Laird
1:00 p.m.: John Senden, Zach Johnson, Jim Furyk
1:10 p.m.: Tommy Gainey, Ted Potter, Jr., Mark Wilson
1:20 p.m.: Greg Chalmers, Kevin Chappell, Brendon Todd
1:30 p.m.: Bryce Molder, Daniel Chopra, Charlie Wi
1:40 p.m.: Heath Slocum, John Mallinger, Ryo Ishikawa
1:50 p.m.: Alex Prugh, Alex Aragon, Bronson La’Cassie
2:00 p.m.: Jim Renner, Kevin Kisner, Branden Grace
2:10 p.m.: Derek Lamely, Jim Herman, Ben Martin
OFF TEE NO. 10
7:30 a.m.: Stephen Ames, Brian Harman, James Hahn
7:40 a.m.: Sean O’Hair, Andres Romero, Jeff Maggert
7:50 a.m.: Jerry Kelly, Brian Davis, Morgan Hoffmann
8:00 a.m.: Jimmy Walker, Ernie Els, Justin Leonard
8:10 a.m.: Chesson Hadley, Matt Kuchar, Billy Horschel
8:20 a.m.: Woody Austin, Johnson Wagner, Harrison Frazar
8:30 a.m.: Jason Bohn, Steven Bowditch, Justin Hicks
8:40 a.m.: Camilo Villegas, Paul Goydos, Michael Putnam
8:50 a.m.: Joe Ogilvie, Josh Teater, John Peterson
9:00 a.m.: Bud Cauley, Bobby Gates, Jay McLuen
9:10 a.m.: Billy Hurley III, Brad Fritsch, David von Hoffmann
9:20 a.m.: Jamie Lovemark, Peter Malnati, Hunter Brown
12:20 p.m.: Pat Perez, Will MacKenzie, Briny Baird
12:30 p.m.: Brendan Steele, Joe Durant, D.H. Lee
12:40 p.m.: Aaron Baddeley, Padraig Harrington, William McGirt
12:50 p.m.: Michael Thompson, John Merrick, Charlie Beljan
1:00 p.m.: Carl Pettersson, K.J. Choi, Stuart Appleby
1:10 p.m.: Charley Hoffman, Mike Weir, Scott Verplank
1:20 p.m.: Ben Curtis, John Huh, David Toms
1:30 p.m.: Troy Matteson, Erik Compton, Seung-Yul Noh
1:40 p.m.: Ben Crane, Tim Herron, Jeff Overton
1:50 p.m.: Hudson Swafford, Will Wilcox, Brooks Koepka
2:00 p.m.: Lee Williams, Wes Roach, Kevin Tway
2:10 p.m.: Danny Lee, Brice Garnett, Peter Uihlein