To accompany our post reviewing this week’s odds, we have a few prop bets to consider for the Valero Texas Open, including the top-ranked player finishing inside the top 10, a top-10 machine posting a top 5, and a rookie besting his South American compatriots in his pro debut.
THREE PROP BETS
1. Charley Hoffman (Prop: Top 5, +450): Hoffman has played in this event for 12 consecutive years, and has never missed a cut. In 10 of those starts, he’s posted a top-15 finish, which includes a victory in 2016, a T2 in 2011, and T3 in 2013. If you read that as an indicator that he loves this course, you would be right — since the event moved to the Oaks Course in 2010, Hoffman has played it in an aggregate 41-under par. – Carey Hoffman
WAGER: We’re putting $100 down on Charley to win $450.
2. Sergio Garcia (Prop: Top 10, +125): World No. 10 Sergio Garcia will be playing on a course he helped Greg Norman design for only the second time, the first since its debut in this event in 2010. Prior to his well-documented flame out at Augusta, Garcia had been in a very solid stretch, with three straight top-10 finishes. It’s hard to see the Spaniard not finishing in the top 10 against such an historically weak field. – Carey Hoffman
WAGER: We’re taking Sergio for a top-10 finish at $200 to win $250.
3. Joaquin Niemann (Prop: Top South American, +500) One of the most talented amateur players in some time, Chile’s Joaquin Niemann is making the Valero Texas Open his professional debut. Just 19 years old, Niemann has held the No. 1 spot in the world amateur rankings for the past 48 weeks, second-most all time (Patrick Cantlay, 54 weeks). Niemann is already credited with six professional wins, mostly tearing up South America.
WAGER: We’re taking Niemann for $200 to win $1,000 against fellow South Americans Jon Vegas (+110), Fabian Gomez (+300), and Camilo Villegas (+300).