Valero Texas Open 2022 + Masters Week Specials

Date Posted:5 April 2022 

JJ gets his first

What s in the bag

J.J. Spaun

Driver: Ping G425 LST (9°

Fujikura Ventus Black 6X

3 Wood: TaylorMade SIM (15°)

Mitsubishi Tensei Orange 70TX

5 Wood: Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero (18°)

Mitsubishi Diamana BF 80TX

Irons: Srixon Z-U65 (2 iron), Srixon ZX7 (4-PW)

True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore (50°, 54°, 60°)

True Temper DG Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron Prototype

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x


A matter of degree°

Every now and then we try to make things a little too simple in the golf swing and what starts as well-intentioned advice ends up making us worse. Most golfers know that turning on the backswing is good but they often leave out some degree of tilt. Combining turning and tilting is the correct formula for an effective backswing. The way your shoulders move reflect the way you’re turning and the way the club is moving. If you just turn without any tilt it’ll be a disaster. See a great drill here.

If you want to improve your game, give us a call on 95173471 and make an appointment for a lesson with our PGA David.

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The PGA tour held the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio on the Oaks Course in San Antonio, Texas. After 147 starts on tour, JJ Spaun (-13) entered the final round tied for the lead but then double bogeyed his first hole. From that point on the 31 year old American didn't drop another shot and closed with 5 birdies for 69 to claim his maiden tour title and the last ticket to the Masters next week. See final round highlights here. After weekend rounds of 68 & 66, Aussie Matt Jones (-11) finished in a tie for second place along with Matt Kuchar from the USA. Tied for fourth place were Canada's Adam Hadwin (-10) and American trio Troy Merritt, Charles Howell III and Beau Hossler. Five players tied for eighth on nine under par. The only other Australian in the field was Aaron Baddeley (-7).

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The Champions tour played the Rapiscan Systems Classic on Grand Bear Golf Club in Biloxi, Mississippi. After firing a tournament record of 62 on Saturday, New Zealand's Steven Alker (-18) followed it up with a flawless 65 on Sunday to capture his second senior title by an impressive 6 shot margin. Tied for second place were Ireland's Padraig Harrington (-12) and Alex Cejka from Germany. Alone in fourth place was Bob Estes (-11) from the USA. Sharing fifth place were South Africa's Retief Goosen (-10) and American duo Rob Labritz and Brandt Jobe. Aussies in the field were David McKenzie (-8) who shared eighth spot along with six others, Rod Pampling (-5), Stuart Appleby (+2) and John Senden (+4).

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The Korn Ferry tour held the Club Car Championship at the Landings Club - Deer Creek GC in Savannah, Georgia. Starting the day three shots off the lead, T.J. Vogel (-17) from the USA finally found himself in the winner's circle after over 8 years and 104 starts on tour. Tied for second place were fellow Americans Ryan Blaum (-16) and Mark Anderson followed by compatriot Jimmy Stanger (-14). Sharing fifth place were Argentina's Martin Contini (-13) and Nicolas Echavarria from Colombia. Aussies making the cut were Curtis Luck (+1) and Harrison Endycott (+2).


The European Legends tour were supposed to hold last year's MCB Tour Championship on the Legends course at Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius. The tournament was eventually canceled due to inclement weather without one full round being completed. Leading at the end of the season last year, Welshman Stephen Dodd was declared the winner of the John Jacobs trophy with 1830 points. Thomas Levet from France was second on 1435 and Austria’s Markus Brier was third on 1379. The only Australian in the rankings was Peter Fowler who came 16th with 578 points. The 2022 season begins next month with the Riegler & Partner Legends in Austria.


The European Challenge tour played the Limpopo Championship at the Euphoria GC in Limpopo, South Africa. Starting the final day five shots off the lead, 27 year old Mateusz Gradecki (-19) closed with a flawless 66 to become only the second Polish player to win on tour. Three shots back and alone in second place was South African Hennie du Plessis (-16). Germany’s Nick Bachem (-15) claimed third place followed by Dutchman Lars van Meijel (-14), who shared fourth along with South African Bryce Easton and overnight leader Oliver Hundebøll from Denmark who limped home with a 76. The only Australian in the field was Deyen Lawson however he did not make the cut.

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The Japanese tour played the Token Homemate Cup at the Token Tado Country Club in Nagoya, Japan. With the top ten on the leaderboard all homegrown, overnight leader Jinichiro Kozuma (-14) had to drain a 20 foot birdie on the first extra hole to claim the title over countryman Yuto Katsuragawa who closed with a 64. Alone in third place was Rikuya Hoshino (-13), followed by Naoyuki Kataoka (-12), Aguri Iwasaki (-11) and Taichi Nabetani (-10). Aussies in the field were Brendan Jones (E) and Andrew Evans (+3).

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The LET held the Investec South African Women's Open at the Steenberg Golf Club in Cape Town, South Africa. After heading into the final round seven shots off the lead, Lee-Ann Pace (E) and Argentina's Magdalena Simmermacher tied for the lead and headed back out for a sudden death playoff. Finally, on the sixth extra hole it was the 41 year old South African who won the day and claimed her fifth national title. Overnight leader Becky Brewerton (+1) from Wales bogeyed the final two holes and was alone in third place after a disastrous (78). Sharing fourth place were Casandra Alexander (+3) from South Africa and England's Felicity Johnson. There were no Aussie girls in the field.


The LPGA tour held their first Major of the year, the Chevron Championship at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California. Starting her week with a share of the lead and then a four shot advantage going into the final round, 24 year old Jennifer Kupcho (-14) from the USA closed with a 74 to claim her maiden tour title and a major as well. See final round highlights here. American Jessica Korda (-12) was solo second followed by Pia Babnik (-11) from Slovenia who was alone in third. Sharing fourth spot were Thailand's Patty Tavatanakit (-10), American Lexi Thompson, Japan's Hinako Shibuno and Frenchwoman Celine Boutier. Australian girls making the cut were Hannah Green (-8) who tied for eighth, Minjee Lee (-7) and Gabriela Ruffels (-4).


The Australian Legends tour held the Advent One Legends Pro-Am at the Stirling Golf Club in Stirling South Australia. Only one player finished under par over 36 holes and that was eventual winner Peter Senior (-1) who also joined notables Peter Thomson, Kel Nagle, Bill Dunk, Bob Touhy, Peter Fowler and Mike Harwood who have previously claimed the prestigious Mount Lofty Purse. Alone in second place was defending champion John Wade (E). Tied for third place were David Diaz (+3) and Peter Lonard followed by Brad Burns (+4), Glenn Joyner (+5) and our ever present pro David Fearns (+6).


The Latino American tour played the 90 Abierto del Centro memorial Eduardo Gato Romero at the Cordoba Golf Club in Córdoba, Argentina. Opening the final day with a five shot lead, Alejandro Tosti (-10) closed with a 69 and cruised to an eight shot victory, his second on tour. Alone in second place was fellow Argentinian Clodomiro Carranza (-2) followed by compatriot Alan Wagner (-1) who tied for third place along with Mexico’s Rodolfo Cazaubón. Six players tied for fifth place on even par. The only Australian in the field was Tim Stewart (+5).

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Next week there will be past champions, highest ranked and specially invited players competing for the first major of the year. Hideki Matsuyama will return to Augusta National to defend his Masters title. At the time of writing this article, Tiger Woods was still in the starting lineup. See some info here. There will be at least 60 of the world's best players who will want to get their hands on the silverware. Australians heading to Georgia will be Adam Scott, Marc Leishman, Cameron Davis, Lucas Herbert, Cameron Smith and Min Woo Lee.


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