Golf Glance: Chappell set to defend in San Antonio

PGA Tour: Valero Texas Open, April 19-22
TPC San Antonio – AT&T Oaks, San Antonio, Texas (Greg Norman/Sergio Garcia; Par 72, 7,435 yards)
Purse: $6.2 million; $1.116 million to winner
Defending Champion: Kevin Chappell
Television: Thursday-Friday 3:30-6:30 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1-2:45 p.m. ET (Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m. ET (CBS Sports)
LAST WEEK: RBC Heritage (Satoshi Kodaira)
THIS WEEK: Chappell enters as the defending champion for the first time in his PGA Tour career. Zach Johnson (2008-09) is the last player to successfully defend at the Texas Open. … Sergio Garcia, who was a consultant on the course design, is in the field for the first time since the Oaks course made its debut in 2010. Adam Scott won that year, and returns to the event for the first time since 2011. … Charley Hoffman won the event in 2015 and has finished in the top 15 in 10 of his previous 12 starts. … The par-5 18th hole played to a stroke average of 4.855 last year, making the closing hole the third easiest on the course in 2017. … 19-year-old Joaquin Niemann from Chile will make his professional debut. No player from Chile has won on the PGA Tour. … The Texas Open (1922) is the third-oldest non-major on the PGA Tour behind the BMW Championship (1899) and the RBC Canadian Open (1904). The tournament will move to the week before the Masters next year … India’s Shubhankar Sharma makes his third start in Texas this year (Dell Match Play in Austin, Houston Open).
NEXT WEEK: Zurich Classic of New Orleans

LPGA Tour: HUGEL-JTBC LA Open, April 19-22
Wilshire Country Club, Los Angeles, Calif. (Norman Macbeth, Par 71, 6,450 yards)
Purse: $1.5 million; $225,000 to winner
Defending Champion: Inaugural event
Television: Thursday-Friday 6:30-9:30 p.m. ET (Golf Channel), Saturday-Sunday 6-9 p.m. ET (Golf Channel)
LAST WEEK: LOTTE Championship (Brooke Henderson)
THIS WEEK: All eight winners on Tour this season and 21 of the top 25 ranked players in the world are in the field. The last LPGA event held at Wilshire Country Club was in 2001, with Sweden’s Annika Sorenstam coming from 10 shots behind in the final round to beat Korea’s Mi Hyun Kim on the first playoff hole. … Wilshire has played host to the PGA Tour’s L.A. Open (now the Genesis Open at Riviera) four times. … China’s Shanshan Feng is No. 1 for the 23rd consecutive week. … This is one of three inaugural events on the LPGA Tour this season. … Korea’s Inbee Park leads the Race to the CME Globe with 1,048 points, followed by Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn (963), who has five top-seven finishes in eight events this season.
NEXT WEEK: LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship, San Francisco, Calif.

Champions Tour: Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge, April 20-22
Buffalo Ridge Golf Course, Ridgedale, Mo. (Tom Fazio, Par 71, 6,963 yards); Top of the Rock (Jack Nicklaus Signature nine-hole Par 3); Mountain Top (Gary Player 13-hole Par 3)
Purse: $1.8 million, (Team: $348,750)
Defending Champion: Carlos Franco, Vijay Singh
Television: Friday 12:30-3 p.m. ET (Golf Channel), Saturday-Sunday 3-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel)
LAST WEEK: Mitsubishi Electric Classic (Steve Flesch)
THIS WEEK: The second oldest event in senior golf dates back to the inaugural event won by Sam Snead and Gardner Dickinson in 1978, and adds Mountain Top to the rotation this year. … 18 teams will play 18 holes at Top of the Rock on Friday (Alternate shot on front nine, Best ball on back nine), with the other 18 teams playing 13 holes of Best ball at Mountain Top. The 18 teams switch courses on Saturday. On Sunday, all teams play 18 holes at Top of the Rock (Alternate shot on front nine, Best ball on back nine). … Franco and Singh recorded a tournament-record score of 12-under 42 at Top of the Rock to come from seven shots back to win last year. … Steve Strick and Jerry Kelly, who are Nos. 1 and 2 in the Charles Schwab Cup, will play together in a team event for the seventh time since 2008.

–Field Level Media

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