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April 18, 2017

Field Notes For April 18, 2017

Coming to San Antonio Hot: Several players in the field had a good week at the RBC Heritage Classic last week. Luke Donald finished second, Ollie Schniederjans was tied for third, Brian Gay and J.J. Spaun were tied for 6th and Bud Cauley was tied for 9th.

More from Sunday’s finish: Matt Kuchar, who finished tied for 11th on Sunday, is poised to make his 13th start at the Valero Texas Open, and sixth straight. Kuchar’s best finish at TPC San Antonio is a T4 in 2014, though he finished T2 at La Cantera in 2001.

Texas Collegiate Connections: There are 14 players in the field with collegiate connections in the state of Texas. Baylor University – Jimmy Walker; Lamar University – Chris Stroud, Shawn Stefani; Southern Methodist University – Kelly Kraft, Bryson DeChambeau; TCU – J.J. Henry, Tom Hoge; Texas A&M – Ryan Palmer; University of Texas – Bob Estes, Cody Gribble, Beau Hossler, Rick Lamb, Justin Leonard, Jhonattan Vegas.

FedExCup History at the VTO: Each year, the Valero Texas Open proves pivotal in the race for the FedExCup. Since being moved to its current spot on the schedule in 2009, the winner of the Valero Texas Open has made it through at least two Playoffs events six of eight times. Jimmy Walker (2015), Adam Scott (2010) and Zach Johnson (2009) made it through the season-ending TOUR Championship.

FedExCup Champion: Former FedExCup champion Billy Horschel (2014) is in the field.

Strong Sponsor Exemptions: Three-time VTO champion Justin Leonard leads a strong group of players receiving a sponsor exemption into the field this week. Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera, 2016 U.S. Amateur champion Curtis Luck, 2015 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion Jordan Niebrugge, 4-time TOUR winner Camilo Villegas and former top-ranked junior golfer in the U.S. Robby Shelton.

Monday Qualifiers: The Monday Qualifier for the final four spots into the tournament was held at The Club at Comanche Trace. Wesley McClain, Bastrop, TX, was the medalist with a 9-under-par 63 followed by Ted Purdy (Phoenix, AZ 64), Joshua Brock (Wilmington, NC 65) and Zach Cabra (McKinney, TX 67).

International Flavor: There are 21 different countries and 49 international players in the field this week. Countries that are represented are: Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chinese Tai, Colombia, Denmark, England, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Puerto Rico, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, USA, and Venezuela.


The Valero Texas Open is the sixth-oldest professional tournament in golf worldwide, the third-oldest on the PGA TOUR and the longest held in the same city. In 2012, the tournament celebrated its 90th anniversary.

Its list of champions includes some of the greatest names in golf history: Walter Hagen, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Ben Crenshaw, Hale Irwin, Lee Trevino, Nick Price, Justin Leonard, Zach Johnson, Adam Scott, Jimmy Walker, and 2017 Champion Kevin Chappell, to name a few.

Since Valero became title sponsor in 2002, the tournament has become an annual leader in charitable fundraising among PGA TOUR events. In 2015, we were proud yet humbled to become only the fourth PGA TOUR event to eclipse the $100 million milestone in funds raised for charity. The 2017 edition of the Valero Texas Open raised $11 million for charity, bringing the grand total to over $126 million in charitable giving since 1922.


Valero Energy Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is an international manufacturer and marketer of transportation fuels and other petrochemical products. Valero subsidiaries employ approximately 10,000 people, and its assets include 15 petroleum refineries with a combined throughput capacity of approximately 3 million barrels per day, 11 ethanol plants with a combined production capacity of 1.4 billion gallons per year and renewable diesel production from a joint venture. Through subsidiaries, Valero owns the general partner of Valero Energy Partners LP (NYSE: VLP), a midstream master limited partnership. Approximately 7,500 outlets carry the Valero, Diamond Shamrock, Shamrock, and Beacon brands in the United States; Ultramar in Canada; and Texaco in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Valero is a Fortune 500 company based in San Antonio. Please visit for more information.

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