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      Global Glance: Valero Texas Open

    • Brendon de Jonge has been in a drought but after a week off to rest, he could be recharged. (Franklin/Getty Images)Brendon de Jonge has been in a drought but after a week off to rest, he could be recharged. (Franklin/Getty Images)

    Brendon de Jonge ... Took a much-needed week off in part to allow a strained intercostal muscle some time to rest, but it's now full-steam ahead into his first appearance at the Masters. Normally peppering leaderboards, the Zimbabwean has gone six starts without a top 50 for his longest such drought in three years. He's in his seventh season on the PGA TOUR, a stretch interrupted just once with a return to the Web.com Tour in 2008. Inside the top five in total sub-70s in each of the last four seasons. Led the TOUR with 48 in 2013 and was chosen to participate in his first Presidents Cup by captain and fellow countryman, Nick Price.

    Brad Fritsch ... Back on TOUR for the second straight season, the native of Edmonton, Alberta is making his second appearance at TPC San Antonio (T37, 2013). He put himself in an early hole this season by going 0-for-2 in the first phase of the Web.com Tour reshuffle in the fall, but has since rallied to 158th in FedExCup points on the shoulders of a T10 at Torrey Pines and two other cuts made. Currently 31st in fairways hit, 22nd in scrambling and T39 in par-5 scoring.

    Branden Grace ... South Africa's darling of 2012 (five wins worldwide) and first-time member of the Presidents Cup (2013) has failed to generate any momentum in his global agenda despite sitting ninth in the European Tour's Race to Dubai. In the field at TPC San Antonio on a sponsor exemption, it marks his fifth start of the 2013-14 PGA TOUR season that has yet to yield a top 30. He's 0-for-1 in events with cuts. Easy to forget that he's just 25 years of age.

    Bronson La'Cassie ... The 30-year-old rookie from Brisbane, Australia put three full years into the Web.com Tour before securing his PGA TOUR card. He was a four-time, first-team All-B1G at the University of Minnesota and was the first Golden Gopher to be recognized with All-America honors in all four years. Won the Western Amateur in 2006. After opening his debut season on the PGA TOUR with five consecutive missed cuts, he's since connected cuts made at Pebble Beach and Puerto Rico.

    Benjamin Alvarado ... Making his rookie debut and doing so on a sponsor exemption. Opened his season on the 2013 Web.com Tour with a T4 at his homeland Chile Classic. After a T3 in Mexico, he culminated a month of superb form with a victory in Brazil. That stretch was fueled with enough fortune to sustain his season and secure a PGA TOUR card. However, citing overuse, he sat out six months for an injured left knee before returning to competition last month. The 28-year-old is the first from his country to possess a PGA TOUR card.

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