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.


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!


• 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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Titleist Brand Ambassador Jordan Spieth claimed his second career PGA Tour victory on Sunday, relying on a Pro V1x golf ball and Titleist golf clubs green-to-tee as he won in dramatic playoff fashion at the Valspar Championship.

Jordan displayed a masterful short game on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort, as evidenced by the following critical up-and-downs that he executed on the back 9 during final round action.

• 18 - Up & Down to save par to get into the playoff.

• 17 - Up & Down from right rough to 6 feet to save par.

• 16 - Up & Down from right bunker to 3 feet to save par.

• 12 - Up & Down from right rough to 15 inches for par.

Spieth's setup includes four Vokey SM5 wedges, but his lob wedge requires special attention each week on Tour. Vokey Tour Representative Aaron Dill provided some more detail:

"Jordan brings both his 60-04 L and 60-08 M from the Vokey Spin Milled 5 line to each Tour stop. He will switch based on the firmness of the golf course from week to week. He also really likes a much smaller profile on his 60, so we always grind special ones for him."

Let's take a closer look at the winning setup that the young gun used to outlast the field in Tampa.


Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball

Driver: Titleist 915D2 driver (9.5º) w/Aldila Rogue Black 60 TX shaft

Titleist 915F fairway metal (15.0º) w/Graphite Design Tour AD DI7 X shaft

Hybrid: Titleist 915Hd hybrid (20.5º) w/Graphite Design Tour AD DI95 X shaft

Irons: Titleist AP2 714 irons (4-9) w/True Temper PX 6.0 shafts

Vokey Design SM5, Raw finish pitching (46-08, F-grind), gap (52-08, F-grind), sand (56-10 S-grind) and lob (60-04, L-grind) wedges w/True Temper PX 6.0 shafts

Scotty Cameron 009 prototype putter

Congratulations, Jordan!


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