Valero Texas Open

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Valero Texas Open
Tournament information
Location San Antonio, Texas
Established 1922, 92 years ago
Course(s) TPC San Antonio,
Oaks Course
Par 72
Length 7,433 yards (6,797 m)[1]
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund $6.2 million
Month played April
Tournament record score
Aggregate 254 Tommy Armour III (2003)
To par −27 Mike Souchak (1955)
Current champion
Australia Steven Bowditch
TPC San Antonio is located in United States
TPC San Antonio
TPC San Antonio
Location in the United States
TPC San Antonio is located in Texas
TPC San Antonio
TPC San Antonio
Location in Texas

The Valero Texas Open is a professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour, played near San Antonio. It dates back to 1922, when it was first called the Texas Open; San Antonio-based Valero Energy Corporation took over naming rights in 2002. It is played at The Oaks Course at the TPC San Antonio, northeast of the city. It is organized by Golf San Antonio. In 2003, it was the site of the 72-hole PGA Tour scoring record of 254, shot by Tommy Armour III. Many big-name players have won this tournament, including Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, and Arnold Palmer, who won it three years in a row. It has always been considered a tournament where it is relatively easy to shoot low scores. Since 1934, every tournament winner has finished with a score under-par.

The event has always been played in San Antonio.[2] From the event's inception until 1940 it was played at Brackenridge Park Golf Course, with the exception of 1927–1928, when it was played at Willow Springs Golf Course; additionally, after the event left Brackenridge Park GC it was played at Willow Springs GC from 1941–1949. In 1950 and 1951 it was played at both Brackenridge Park GC and Ft. Sam Houston Golf Course; afterwards it stayed at Brackenridge Park GC, with the exception of 1956 and 1960, when it was played at Ft. Sam Houston GC.

From 1961–1966 it was played at Oak Hills Country Club, and then from 1967–1970 it was at Pecan Valley Golf Club. From 1972–1976 it was played at Woodlake Golf Club before returning to Oak Hills CC from 1977–1994. From 1995 to 2009 it was played at the Resort Course at La Cantera Golf Club. In 2010 it began playing at TPC San Antonio in the affluent Cibolo Canyon community.[3]

In 2007 and 2008, the event was part of the PGA Tour Fall Series. With the demise of the regular-season stop in Atlanta, the PGA Tour moved the tournament into that slot on the schedule into May and becomes a regular FedEx Cup event.[4] The 2009 event offered an increased purse of $6.1 million (up from $4.5 million) with a $1,098,000 winner's check. In 2011, the event moved to the week following the Masters Tournament. The 2011 event was also best known for golfer Kevin Na scoring a 12-over par 16 on the ninth hole in the opening round.

When it was a Fall Series event, the Valero Texas Open was the alternate tournament to the Presidents and Ryder Cups. In 2013, as the tournament moved to the week before The Masters and aired on NBC for the first time, several European Tour players participated in the Texas Open for the first time since the mid-1980s.

Course layout[edit]

TPC San Antonio, Oaks Course

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 452 602 213 481 342 403 207 604 474 3,778 447 405 410 241 567 464 183 347 591 3,655 7,433
Par 4 5 3 4 4 4 3 5 4 36 4 4 4 3 5 4 3 4 5 36 72

Source:[1]

Winners[edit]

Year Player Country Score To par 1st prize ($) Purse ($) Ref
Valero Texas Open
2014 Steven Bowditch  Australia 280 −8 1,116,000 6,200,000
2013 Martin Laird  Scotland 274 −14 1,116,000 6,200,000
2012 Ben Curtis  United States 280 −8 1,116,000 6,200,000
2011 Brendan Steele  United States 280 −8 1,116,000 6,200,000
2010 Adam Scott  Australia 274 −14 1,098,000 6,100,000
2009 Zach Johnson (2)  United States 265* −15 1,098,000 6,100,000
2008 Zach Johnson  United States 261 −19 810,000 4,500,000
2007 Justin Leonard (3)  United States 261* −19 810,000 4,500,000
2006 Eric Axley  United States 265 −15 720,000 4,000,000
2005 Robert Gamez  United States 262 −18 630,000 3,500,000
2004 Bart Bryant  United States 261 −19 630,000 3,500,000
2003 Tommy Armour III  United States 254 −26 630,000 3,500,000
2002 Loren Roberts  United States 261 −19 630,000 3,500,000
Texas Open at La Cantera
2001 Justin Leonard (2)  United States 266 −18 540,000 3,000,000
Westin Texas Open at La Cantera
2000 Justin Leonard  United States 261 −19 468,000 2,600,000
Westin Texas Open
1999 Duffy Waldorf (2)  United States 270* −18 360,000 2,000,000
1998 Hal Sutton  United States 270 −18 306,000 1,700,000
La Cantera Texas Open
1997 Tim Herron  United States 271 −17 252,000 1,400,000
1996 David Ogrin  United States 275 −13 216,000 1,200,000
1995 Duffy Waldorf  United States 268 −20 198,000 1,100,000
Texas Open
1994 Bob Estes  United States 265 −19 180,000 1,000,000
H.E.B. Texas Open
1993 Jay Haas (2)  United States 263* −21 180,000 1,000,000
1992 Nick Price  Zimbabwe 263* −25 162,000 900,000
1991 Blaine McCallister  United States 269* −11 162,000 900,000
1990 Mark O'Meara  United States 261 −19 144,000 800,000
Texas Open
1989 Donnie Hammond  United States 258 −22 108,000 600,000
1988 Corey Pavin  United States 259 −21 108,000 600,000
1987 No tournament – club hosted the inaugural Tour Championship
Vantage Championship
1986 Ben Crenshaw (2)  United States 196^ −14 180,000 1,000,000
Texas Open
1985 John Mahaffey  United States 268* −12 63,000 350,000
1984 Calvin Peete  United States 266 −14 63,000 350,000
1983 Jim Colbert  United States 261 −19 54,000 300,000
1982 Jay Haas  United States 262 −18 45,000 250,000
1981 Bill Rogers  United States 266* −14 45,000 250,000
San Antonio Texas Open
1980 Lee Trevino  United States 265 −15 45,000 250,000
1979 Lou Graham  United States 268 −12 45,000 250,000
1978 Ron Streck  United States 265 −15 40,000 200,000
1977 Hale Irwin  United States 266 −14 30,000 150,000
1976 Butch Baird  United States 273* −15 25,000 125,000
1975 Don January  United States 275* −13 25,000 125,000
1974 Terry Diehl  United States 269 −19 25,000 125,000
1973 Ben Crenshaw  United States 270 −14 25,000 125,000
1972 Mike Hill  United States 273 −15 25,000 125,000
1971 No tournament
San Antonio Open Invitational
1970 Ron Cerrudo  United States 273 −7 20,000 100,000
Texas Open Invitational
1969 Deane Beman  United States 274* −10 20,000 100,000 [5]
1968 No tournament – club hosted 1968 PGA Championship
1967 Chi-Chi Rodríguez  United States 277 −7 20,000 100,000 [6]
1966 Harold Henning  South Africa 272 −8 13,000 80,000 [7]
1965 Frank Beard  United States 270 −10 7,500 50,000 [8]
1964 Bruce Crampton  Australia 273 −7 5,800 40,000 [9]
1963 Phil Rodgers  United States 268 −12 4,300 30,000 [10]
1962 Arnold Palmer (3)  United States 273 −11 4,300 30,000 [11]
1961 Arnold Palmer (2)  United States 270 −10 4,300 30,000 [12]
1960 Arnold Palmer  United States 276 −12 2,800 20,000 [13]
1959 Wes Ellis  United States 276 −8 2,800 20,000 [14]
1958 Bill Johnston  United States 274 −10 2,000 15,000 [15]
1957 Jay Hebert  United States 271 −13 2,800 20,000 [16]
1956 Gene Littler  United States 276 −12 3,750 20,000 [17]
Texas Open
1955 Mike Souchak  United States 257 −27 2,200 12,500 [18]
1954 Chandler Harper  United States 259 −25 2,200 12,500 [19]
1953 Tony Holguin  United States 264 −20 2,000 10,000 [20]
1952 Jack Burke, Jr.  United States 260 −24 2,000 10,000 [21][22]
1951 E.J. "Dutch" Harrison (2)  United States 265* −19 2,000 10,000 [23][24]
1950 Sam Snead (2)  United States 265 −19 2,000 10,000 [25]
1949 Dave Douglas  United States 268 −16 2,000 10,000 [26]
1948 Sam Snead  United States 264 −20 2,000 10,000 [27]
San Antonio Texas Open
1947 Ed Oliver  United States 265 −19 2,000 10,000 [28]
1946 Ben Hogan  United States 264 −20 1,500 7,500 [29]
Texas Open
1945 Sammy Byrd  United States 268 −16 1,000 5,000 [30][31]
1944 Johnny Revolta  United States 273 −11 1,000 5,000 [32][33]
1943 No tournament due to World War II
1942 Chick Harbert  United States 272* −12 1,000 5,000 [34][35]
1941 Lawson Little  United States 273 −11 1,200 5,000 [36]
1940 Byron Nelson  United States 271* −13 1,500 5,000 [37][38][39]
1939 E.J. "Dutch" Harrison  United States 271 −13 1,250 5,000 [40][41]
1935–38 No tournament
1934 Wiffy Cox  United States 283 −5 750 2,500 [42][43]
1932 Clarence Clark  United States 287 +3 600 2,500 [44][45]
1931 Abe Espinosa  United States 281 −3 1,500 6,000 [46][47]
1930 Denny Shute  United States 277 −7 1,500 7,500 [48][49]
1929 Bill Mehlhorn (2)  United States 277 −7 1,500 6,500 [50][51]
1928 Bill Mehlhorn  United States 297 +13 1,500 6,500 [52][53]
1927 Bobby Cruickshank  Scotland 292 +8 1,500 10,000 [54][55][56]
1926 Macdonald Smith  Scotland 288 +4 1,500 8,000 [57][58][59]
1925 Joe Turnesa  United States 284 E 1,500 6,000 [60]
1924 Joe Kirkwood, Sr.  Australia 279 1,500 6,000 [61]
1923 Walter Hagen  United States 279* 1,500 6,000 [62][63]
1922 Robert MacDonald 281 1,500 5,000 [64]

* Indicates a win in a playoff
^ Indicates weather-shortened to 54 holes
Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.
Main sources[65][66][67]

Multiple winners[edit]

Nine men have won this tournament more than once through 2013.

References[edit]

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Coordinates: 29°39′54″N 98°24′00″W / 29.665°N 98.40°W / 29.665; -98.40