Not a fantastic appetizer for the first major of the year next week, but there are some great opportunities this week at Valero.  I have a nice future on Jordan Spieth next week, hoping he doesn’t win this week as I don’t see him going back to back.  Maybe Finau picks up his 2nd win; maybe another first-timer wins. Hopefully, a vet takes this one down, as you’ll see my old geezers bet below.  Anyway, let’s try to get back on track before Augusta.

Season-long tally from TOC through Match Play:  + $3,404.   Oh, it’s free!

We’ve hit outrights on Harris English, Si Woo Kim, Brooks Koepka, Daniel Berger, Collin Morikawa, and Justin Thomas.  Also, hit First Round Leader plays on Kokrak and Fitzpatrick.  We’re onto San Antonio and Valero before THE MASTERS….

Outright Bets:    

Ryan Palmer ($25 to win $700):  Great wind player….I hope he can close a W for us!

Lanto Griffin ($25 to win $1,000):   Great # in this field….

Zach Johnson ($25 to win $1,000):   ZJ is quietly putting together a nice year.  If the weather is rough, I love this!

Matt Kuchar ($25 to win $1,250):  Hope momentum from last week carries over….I think it will.

Sam Ryder ($25 to win $1,500):    Great run of golf lately.  Hate he’s going early Thursday.  But if he makes the cut, watch out!

Top 10:

Chris Kirk ($25 to win $100):   Love him to T10 here

Zach Johnson ($25 to win $100):  Let’s go ZJ

Matt Kuchar ($25 to win $100):  Why not double-dip with the guys most likely to beak their hip?

Benny An ($25 to win $225): He doesn’t need to putt great here….Just hang around Benny.

Martin Laird ($25 to win $225):  Great number on a guy with success here.

Matt Wallace ($25 to win $225):    Can’t overlook this Euro who likes wind!

Head 2 Head Matches:

MATT WALLACE V Doug Ghim ($40 to win $42):   Almost bet MW to win….So easy play for me here

MARTIN LAIRD V Erik Van Rooyen ($44 to win $40):  See above!  Also, have Laird T10.

GRAEME MCDOWELL V KH Lee ($40 to win $42):  Good week for GMac last week.  I love him to keep it up in the wind.

First Round Leader:  

Charley Hoffmann ($25 to win $750): One of the best at going low early!

Si Woo Kim ($25 to win $1,000):  He plays well when he likes the course…..He likes this place!

Sebastian Munoz ($25 to win $1,375):  Thursday stallion!

Matthew NeSmith ($25 to win $1,375):  Something seems intriguing here!  Let’s go, MNS.

As always, feel free to fire any questions at me on Twitter @kevinsdelight