Friday, September 21, 2007

Texas Open Early Commitments

It will be interesting to see what kind of fields the PGA Tour's "Fall Finish" tournaments draw this year. Although one has to keep in mind that many tournaments in this late-season part of the schedule have traditionally drawn much weaker fields than tourneys earlier in the year.

The Texas Open, over the last 15 years or so, is one of those tournaments drawing a weak field. While the touring pros love San Antonio and the Westin La Cantera Resort & Spa, they hate the golf course (it's a great resort course, but a terrible PGA Tour course). And this time of year, most of the big names are already done for the season.

The folks who run the Texas Open issued a press release a few days ago crowing about their early commitments. Those include seven winners on the PGA Tour this year:

  • K.J. Choi (The Memorial, AT&T National)
  • Brandt Snedeker (Wyndham Championship)
  • Nick Watney (Zurich Classic of New Orleans)
  • Mark Wilson (The Honda Classic)
  • Charley Hoffman (Bob Hope Chrysler Classic)
  • Joe Ogilvie (U.S. Bank Championship)
  • Steve Flesch (Reno-Tahoe Open)

Not a bad start, especially landing Houston resident Choi. There is more hope for the Texas Open this year in the form of Nick Flanagan, the young, charismatic Aussie who earned an in-season promotion from the Nationwide Tour. There's a good chance Flanagan will be there, although he is not listed on this early commitment press release.

Justin Leonard and young hotshot Anthony Kim are listed. The Valero Texas Open takes place Oct. 4-7.

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