|Congratulations to our Champion, Andrew Landry!|
|A Record Breaking Year|
Last year in 2017, we were proud to raise $11 million for charity. As you probably saw and heard over the past couple of weeks, we outdid ourselves again in charitable giving. Sunday afternoon during the final round this year’s Tournament Chair, Martin Parrish, Vice President of Alternative Fuels for Valero, announced on CBS that this year’s Valero Texas Open raised $12 million for charity
, bringing the grand total to $138 million in charitable giving.
None of this, however, would have been possible if it were not for the steadfast support of our corporate partners, volunteers, fans and spectators, and the greater San Antonio community. On behalf of the Valero Texas Open and Valero Energy Corporation, we would like to extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation for your help in making the 2018 Valero Texas Open impactful for our community.
In the weeks and months ahead we’ll share some of the highlights of the 2018 tournament along with news and updates on the 2019 edition of the Valero Texas Open that will be the week prior to The Masters
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|Final Round Recap|
After beginning the final round of the Valero Texas Open tied with Zach Johnson, Andrew Landry posted a 4-under 68 (including three birdies to start the round) to post his first PGA TOUR victory. At 17-under 271 (the low winning score since the event moved to TPC San Antonio), Landry finished two strokes clear of Sean O’Hair and Trey Mullinax.
The victory came in Landry’s 32nd PGA TOUR start at the age of 30 years, 8 months and 15 days. He collects 500 points and moves from No. 41 to No. 9 in the FedExCup standings. Landry finished No. 178 in the FedExCup in his only other season on the PGA TOUR (2015-16).
Landry becomes the seventh first-time winner of the season, with three coming in the last five weeks (Brice Garnett, Satoshi Kodaira). He is the third player to record their first PGA TOUR victory in the last five editions of the Valero Texas Open, joining Steven Bowditch (2014) and Kevin Chappell (2017).
This marked the first time Landry has carried the lead/co-lead into the final round on the PGA TOUR.
Landry, who made his way on TOUR this season by virtue of his fourth-place finish on the 2017 Web.com Tour priority list, is the first Texan to win the Valero Texas Open since Jimmy Walker in 2015.
“Yeah, everybody was here - my mom and my dad, brother, wife, my wife’s parents, my brother's wife, my brother's wife's brother. I mean, we had the whole crew out. Everybody was out, so it was pretty special to be able to snag a victory with everybody being here to share it.”
|Thank You Volunteers!|
Week in and week out it takes a significant volunteer effort to successfully conduct a PGA TOUR event. At the Valero Texas Open, we are privileged to have an elite group of passionate and dedicated individuals who give of their time, talent and energy to help achieve a common goal of raising as much money as possible for charity while providing a first-class experience to all those who attend the Valero Texas Open – PGA TOUR professionals and their families, sponsors, spectators, etc.
This year’s volunteer organization was over 2,000 strong spread across 30 committees and volunteered a combined total of 45,000+ hours. They were there before the sun rose and after the last putt dropped. They came from San Antonio, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Wyoming, as far north as Canada, and everywhere in between. Many even take a week’s worth of vacation time to pitch in at the Valero Texas Open.
For their effort and continued support, Valero Energy Corporation and the Valero Texas Open would like to thank all the men, women and young adult volunteers who make the tournament such a huge success, ultimately impacting the hundreds of charities that are touched by tournament proceeds.
It’s never too early to express your interest in volunteering for the Valero Texas Open; feel free to email Volunteers@ValeroTexasOpen.com
for information on volunteering for the 2019 Valero Texas Open.
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