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Golf Glance: Jordan Spieth defends in Texas; LPGA hits major season


Field Level Media’s Golf Glance provides weekly news and storylines from each of the major North American golf tours.

WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play (Scottie Scheffler)
THIS WEEK: Valero Texas Open, San Antonio, Texas, March 31-April 3
Course: TPC San Antonio, Oaks Course (Par 72, 7,494 yards)
Purse: $8.6M (Winner: $1.548M)
Defending Champion: Jordan Spieth
FedExCup Leader: Scottie Scheffler

TV: Thursday-Friday, 4-7 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday, 1-3:30 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3:30-6 p.m. (NBC); Sunday, 1-2 p.m. (Golf Channel), 2-6 p.m. (NBC).
PGA Tour Live: Daily feeds on ESPN+
Social Media: @ValeroTXOpen (Twitter)

NOTES: This is the 100th anniversary of the event, with TPC San Antonio the venue for the 13th time. … Spieth snapped a drought of 82 PGA Tour events without a win last year, claiming his first title since the 2017 Open Championship. … Jason Day and Rickie Fowler are among the 121 players in the field who are not currently qualified for next week’s Masters but could earn a spot with a victory in San Antonio. Also needing a victory to play at Augusta is Richard Bland, who would have qualified for the Masters with a win over Dustin Johnson in the Round of 16 in last week’s Match Play event. Twenty-three players in the field are already qualified for the Masters. … The last player to win the event to qualify for the Masters was Corey Conners with his maiden tour victory in 2019. … Matt Kuchar will make his 500th career PGA Tour start. … College stars Logan McAllister (Oklahoma) and Ludvig Aberg (Texas Tech) are among the sponsors exemptions.

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BEST BETS: Rory McIlroy (+750 at DraftKings) will make his first event start since a runner-up in his lone previous appearance in 2013. This is the first time he will tee it up the week before the Masters since 2014. … Hideki Matsuyama (+1400) will make his tournament debut ahead of defending his Masters title next week. He has not played since withdrawing from The Players with a back injury. … Spieth (+1400) has never successfully defended a title on tour. After a runner-up at Pebble Beach, Spieth has not posted a top 25 in his past four starts. … Conners (+1800) won three years ago and is coming off a third-place finish at the Match Play. … Abraham Ancer (+2200) is a San Antonio resident who finished T23 last year. … Bryson DeChambeau (+2800) failed to advance from group play last week in his first event since January. He has missed the cut in each of his two previous event starts. … Charley Hoffman (+7500) is the event’s all-time money leader and was the runner up in 2019 and ’21.
NEXT TOURNAMENT: The Masters, Augusta, Ga., April 7-10

LAST TOURNAMENT: JTBC Classic (Atthaya Thitikul)
THIS WEEK: The Chevron Championship, Rancho Mirage, Calif., March 31-April 3
Course: Mission Hills Country Club, Dinah Shore Tournament Course (Par 72, 6,763 yards)
Purse: $5M (Winner: $750,000)
Defending champion: Patty Tavatanakit
Race to the CME Globe leader: Jin Young Ko

TV: Thursday-Friday, 12-4 p.m., 7-9 p.m. ET; Saturday-Sunday, 5-9 p.m. (All times Golf Channel)
Livestream: Thursday-Friday, 12-4 p.m., 7-9 p.m. ET; Saturday-Sunday, 5-9 p.m. (NBC Sports app and golfchannel.com)
Social: @ TheChevronChampionship (Twitter, Instagram); @Chevron_Golf (Twitter); #TheChevronChampionship #TheLastSplash

Notes: This is the first major of the LPGA Tour season and the 51st time it will be held at the Dinah Shore Tournament. The event will move to Houston next year and be played later in the spring. … The 115-player field includes 19 of the top 20 players in the Rolex Rankings, with No. 2 Jessica Korda still recovering from a blood clot in her arm. … Tavatanakit is defending her maiden win on tour, going wire-to-wire last year. … The winner traditionally jumps into “Poppie’s Pond” with her caddie and is given a bathrobe … Danielle Kang has three consecutive top-13 finishes in the event. … Dottie Pepper holds the tournament scoring record of 19-under 269 shot in 1999. … Lexi Thompson has made the cut in each of her previous 10 event starts, including her first major title in 2014.
NEXT TOURNAMENT: Lotte Championship, Ewa Beach, Oahu, HI, April 13-16

Champions Tour
Hoag Classic (Retief Goosen)
THIS WEEK: Rapiscan Systems Classic, Biloxi, Miss., April 1-3
Course: Grand Bear Golf Club (Par 72, 7,140 yards)
Purse: $1.6M (Winner: $240,000)
Defending champion: Kevin Sutherland (2019)
Charles Schwab Cup leader: Miguel Angel Jimenez

TV: Friday, 10 p.m.-midnight ET, tape delay; Saturday, 3:30-5 p.m.; Sunday, 2-5 p.m. (All times Golf Channel)

NOTES: This is a 78-player, 54-hole event that returns to the schedule for the first time since 2019, when Sutherland defeated Scott Parel in a seven-hole playoff. … The previous 10 iterations of the event were held at Fallen Oak Golf Club in Costal Mississippi. … Jim Furyk earned his first professional victory at the Grand Bear Golf Club while on the Korn Ferry Tour in 1993. … Bernhard Langer has finished in the top 10 in each of his first four starts this year.
NEXT TOURNAMENT: ClubCorp Classic, Las Colinas Country Club, Irving, Texas, April 22-24

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