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Playing the field at the Valero Texas Open

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Welcome to Playing the Field, where we survey the key players and stories at each tournament, giving you the guys to watch and the stories to know. Today, we travel to Texas for the Valero Texas Open! Who's with us? Anybody? Anybody ... ?

Zach Johnson: He's the two-time defending champion here, so you've got to figure he feels somewhat comfortable at this event. However, this year brings us a new course, TPC San Antonio, which rewards longer hitters. It'll take a bit for the field to get comfortable on the course, but you can expect Johnson to be one of the early masters.

Vijay Singh: Hey, remember when this guy was good? Yeah, me too. Injuries have had a dramatic effect on his game over the last fourteen months or so, but he's starting to round back into form, as evidenced by his opening-round 69 at Sawgrass. Never, ever turn your back on the Big Fijian.

Bo Van Pelt: Heads up. He's starting to put something together here, with top-5 finishes at the Verizon, The Players and Quail Hollow. The driver-friendly holes at TPC San Antonio should welcome his game.

J.B. Holmes: Again with the new course, but in this case, you can see why: This one runs 7,600 yards, enough to make Ryo Ishikawa weep, and Holmes is one of the PGA's biggest dogs off the tee. His drives should save him at least a stroke a day; we'll see if he can capitalize on that.

Justin Leonard, Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia: These guys are the PGA's equivalent of classic rock. You've heard their names so many times, over so many weekends, that you almost tune them out. All three have a decent shot this weekend -- yes, even Sergio -- so just watch them and hum "Slow Ride" as you do.

All right, you're up. Who's your pick for this weekend? Go!

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