The Starter: Round 1, Valero Texas OpenApril 13, 2011
PGA TOUR staff
Groups we're watching Tee time Players 9 a.m. ET
Jhonattan Vegas, Ryan Palmer, Justin Leonard
Three-time Valero Texas Open champion Justin Leonard represents The Establishment this week against Anthony Kim.
9:10 a.m. ET
Johnson Wagner, Anthony Kim, Bo Van Pelt
Van Pelt surged on the back nine Sunday at Augusta with two eagles. Will the Hoosier carry his momentum to Texas?.
1:15 p.m. ET
Jesper Parnevik, Kevin Stadler, Spencer Levin
Levin has flirted with getting a first TOUR victory a few times this year. Will this be his breakthrough week?.
1:45 p.m. ET
Adam Scott, Geoff Ogilvy, Angel Cabrera
This week's Featured Group contains a trio of last Sunday's major players.
1:55 p.m. ET
Martin Laird, Scott Verplank, Jimmy Walker
A good showing could net Laird the top spot in the FedExCup standings. Walker will be a local favorite.
The first round of the Valero Texas Open is set to begin. The Golf Channel will televise live action beginning at 3 p.m. ET (2 p.m. local time).
Round 1 weather forecast Windy
Temp: 92 high/66 low
Sunny with winds around 10 mph.
ShotLink Player notes Here are some of the players you'll see on the Golf Channel's coverage of Thursday's first round ADAM SCOTT 2010 Valero Texas Open champion Adam Scott was one of seven players to play all four rounds under par for the week at TPC San Antonio. This was the first time Scott accomplished this feat on TOUR since the 2007 BMW Championship (finished 4th). Scott converted nine putts from beyond 10 feet for the week ranking T-6th for putts made over 10 feet. In particular, he made five of eight putts when putting from 10 to 15 feet (63 percent -- 1st in the field) compared to his 2010 season average of 26 percent (157th on TOUR). GEOFF OGILVY Geoff Ogilvy made an impressive Sunday run on the back 9 at last weeks Masters Tournament shooting a 5-under-par 31 to finish T-4th. Ogilvys back 9 run included five consecutive birdies on holes 12-16 (tying his career best streak on TOUR - 8th time accomplishing this feat). Ogilvy needed just 10 putts on his final nine holes including seven consecutive one-putts on his final seven holes. JIMMY WALKER Currently 28th in the FedExCup standings on the strength of three top 10s in his nine starts of the 2011 season, Jimmy Walker is looking to improve on his 2010 Valero Texas Open performance where he carded a top-5 finish (T-3rd). Walker currently leads the 2011 PGA TOUR for total hole-outs from off the green with 11. Walker's longest recorded hole-out was from 71 yards on the fourth hole Saturday at the Honda Classic.
STORYLINES FOR THURSDAY: • It's not too late to submit your picks and show off your prediction skills. • Adam Scott returns to defend his crown with a vastly different putter compared to last year's. • Stan Awtrey points out five players who could be the next to 'go Schwartzel' and win a big event.