With only two events remaining before the first major championship of the season, the PGA TOUR heads to Texas for the first of two events that will serve as the final dress rehearsals for Augusta.

As the field gets ready to take on the Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio, they’ll be greeted by a 7,433-yard, par-72  layout that features a mix of narrow, tree-lined fairways and wider holes offering multiple risk/reward options.

Titleist Brand Ambassadors and Lone Star state natives Jordan Spieth and Jimmy Walker will be looking to capitalize on a little local knowledge along with the added comfort of being close to home this week.

“It's very special.  As a native Texan I always like playing the Texas events,” said Spieth.

“This event, in particular, gave me an exemption when I was in college… So it's a tournament that has helped launch my career and one that is close to my heart.  So I like being back here.”

And when it comes to taking home top honors on your home course, Jimmy Walker is looking forward to the opportunity.

“It would definitely be a lot of fun, it would be fun to hear the cheers from the crowd, being from here, and having a chance to win on Sunday,” said Walker.

“I think it would be a good experience. We'll see how it goes.”

Check out the slideshow above see some of the tools of the trade that players will be trusting this week at the Valero.

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BY THE NUMBERS: 2015 Valero Texas Open

This week at the Valero Texas Open, Titleist is the overwhelming top choice in golf balls with 93 players in the field of 144 relying upon a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball, more than four times the nearest competitor with 15.

Titleist was also the top choice among players in the irons (37) category and Titleist Vokey Design Wedges led the field in approach, sand and lob wedges (141).

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There have been 19 events played on the PGA TOUR this season without a multiple winner. That could change this week if Titleist Brand Ambassador and local San Antonio area favorite Jimmy Walker has anything to say about it.

Having successfully defended his Sony Open title in January, Walker is heading into the event refreshed after taking the last two weeks off and confident in his local knowledge of the golf course.

"The big key to playing well here is controlling your golf ball," said Walker of the 7,435 yard, par 72 Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio. 

"You need to hit fairways because the greens are pretty firm and they are definitely not going to be receptive if you're coming in from out of the rough. The wind can blow here as well, especially at the top of the hill, where it is important to have confidence in a golf ball you can control."

Walker has played the Pro V1x golf ball since the beginning of the calendar year when he finished runner-up in a playoff at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Maui, and then defended his SONY Open in Hawaii title with a convincing nine shot win in Honolulu. He has made the cut in each of the nine events in which he has played, including four Top 10 finishes. He also sits atop the season-long FedExCup standings.

"I love the performance of the Pro V1x," said Walker. "It has the perfect ball flight that I am seeking –nice and tight off the driver, fairways and long irons and very controllable off the wedges. The ball has great feel and is extremely durable. The best I’ve ever played.”

In addition to the Pro V1x golf ball, Walker plays a full complement of Titleist golf clubs from tee through green: 

DRIVER:Titleist 915D2 (9.5º) w/Aldila Rogue Silver 60 Tour X shaft

FAIRWAY: Titleist 915F (15º) w/Aldila Rogue Silver 80 Tour X shaft

FAIRWAY: Titleist 915F (18º) w/Fujikura Motore VC8.2 Tour X shaft

UTILITY IRON: Titleist 712U 3-iron w/True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shaft

IRONS: Titleist MB 714 irons (4-9) w/True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

WEDGES: Vokey Design SM4 pitching wedge (48º), SM5 sand (54º) and lob (60º) wedges w/True Temper Dynamic Golf X100 shafts

PUTTER: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS putter

"It has been nice the way the schedule has worked out because I felt I played really well on the west coast swing and at Doral, so I've been able to recharge my batteries the past couple of weeks," said Walker.  "It has been nice to be home for what will be a rare three weeks straight, and I was able to come out and practice here over that stretch. The golf course is in great shape. I feel good and I feel like I'm prepared."

Good luck and play well this week, Jimmy!

FAST FACTS:

• Through the first 19 events played on the PGA TOUR this season, Titleist golf ball loyalists have combined to win 12 times, four times more than the nearest competitor with 3 ...

• Seven (Ben Martin, Robert Streb, Charley Hoffman, Jimmy Walker, Bill Haas, Brooks Koepka, Jordan Spieth) of the 12 (CIMB Classic winner, Bubba Watson, James Hahn, Padraig Harrington, Alex Cejka) players who have won with Titleist golf balls, also rely upon Titleist golf clubs for their tee-through-green success ...

• Two of every three players (4,284) that have competed in an event across the worldwide professional tours in 2015, teed up a Titleist golf ball, nearly seven times the nearest competitor with 623 ...

• Titleist golf ball loyalists have accumulated 29 victories across the worldwide professional tours in 2015

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All of us here at Titleist know how fortunate we are to have such a passionate fan base that stretches across the globe and it’s a privilege for us to connect with so many serious golfers every day.

We’re lucky to hear and share stories from around the world, and when our team in Korea sent along this great video of their recent Pro V1 launch – we knew we had to share it with all of Team Titleist.

To help provide a little background on this experience, our colleagues in Korea invited more than 40 local members of Team Titleist to attend an exclusive 2015 Pro V1 launch preview event at a private theatre in Seoul.

It was a perfect Thursday evening and the Team Titleist members were greeted by the Titleist staff as they entered the theatre and ushered to a welcome reception where they had the opportunity to connect with our staff and each other. The experience then kicked off with a presentation to showcase the new Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls while providing a behind the scenes look at the launch plans.

From there, the evening wrapped with an interactive talk show featuring a local Tour Player, a moderator from SBS Golf and Chris Kim, our golf ball product manager to answer questions.   

As you can see, the excitement was hard to contain and everyone in the crowd was ready to tee-up a new Pro V1 or Pro V1x!

We hope you enjoy this video and, as always, thank you for being a part of Team Titleist.

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