With a number of household names opting out of the Valero Texas Open, betting on golf just got a whole lot more interesting. Suddenly PGA odds reflect a wide-open field of genuine contenders. Can Phil Mickelson fend off a new tier of competition?
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While they’re potent threats any time they take the tee, more eyes will be on the likes of Matt Kuchar, Zach Johnson and Jimmy Walker with the sport’s biggest names off the draw. That gives casual golf fans as good a chance as ever to truly expand their knowledge of the field without getting caught up in the Tigers and Rorys that typically dominate the discussion.
Can 20-year-old Jordan Spieth take this as an opportunity to raise his game to the next level? Reigning Valero champion Martin Laird? Find out Thursday when the action unfolds.