FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 28, 2017
U.S. Ryder Cup Star Patrick Reed Joins Valero Texas Open Field
Other Top-100 Players on Current Commitment List For Texas’ Historical PGA TOUR Event
SAN ANTONIO, TX – Tournament officials announced today the addition of World No. 12 Patrick Reed and several other PGA TOUR players currently ranked among the top 100 in the world who will compete in the 2017 Valero Texas Open, scheduled for April 20-23 at TPC San Antonio’s AT&T Oaks Course.
Reed, who finished second to last year’s champion Charley Hoffman in the spring, became one of the key figures for the U.S. Ryder Cup team last fall. He was one of two Americans to play all five matches and defeated Rory McIlroy in singles on the final day to help the U.S. earn its first Ryder Cup victory since 2008.
“Patrick was part of our dramatic finish last year when Charley made his birdie putt to edge him by a stroke on the final hole Sunday,” said the tournament’s Executive Director Larson Segerdahl. “He is a San Antonio native and a good friend of the tournament. We are glad Patrick will be here as he looks to get back into position to win the Valero Texas Open against a field that is looking impressive at this point.”
Other current commitments among the top 50 on golf’s Official World Ranking list include five-time TOUR champion Ryan Moore, 2011 VTO runner-up Kevin Chappell, and 2017 Valspar Championship winner Adam Hadwin.
There is also a strong contingency of players scheduled to compete who are ranked between 50th and 100th in the world and have won professional events worldwide. That list includes former World No.1 Luke Donald, Kevin Na, Jhonattan Vegas, Si Woo Kim, Tony Finau, Jim Herman, Anirban Lahiri, Roberto Castro, Daniel Summerhays, Chris Kirk, Jamie Lovemark, Ryan Palmer and golf’s newest fan-favorite Andrew “Beef” Johnston.
In addition, D.A. Points, winner of the Puerto Rico Open on Sunday and now three-time PGA TOUR winner, will be competing in San Antonio.
Hoffman, who has never missed a cut in the tournament, has five top-ten finishes and has only finished outside the top-15 one time in San Antonio, will defend his title. He is one of nine past champions committed to the third oldest PGA TOUR event on the schedule.
Among them is World No. 24 Jimmy Walker, the reigning PGA Championship winner, who won the 2015 Valero Texas Open. The Boerne, TX resident’s victory at the PGA Championship was his sixth career victory and marked four consecutive years he has recorded at least one victory during a season.
Other champions joining Hoffman and Walker in the field are Justin Leonard (2000, 2001 and 2007), Zach Johnson (2008, 2009), Bob Estes (1994) Brendan Steele (2011), who is currently 8th in the FedExCup standings, Ben Curtis (2012), Martin Laird (2013), and Steven Bowditch (2014).
The tournament has also received commitments from World No. 20 Branden Grace, a seven-time winner on the European Tour who won the RBC Heritage on the PGA TOUR last year, as well as Northern Ireland’s 2010 U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell. In addition, World No. 37 J.B. Holmes and 2014 FedExCup champion Billy Horschel and the dynamic European team Ryder Cup competitor Ian Poulter on the list of early commitments.
Beau Hossler, a 21-year-old, who turned professional after his junior year at the University of Texas, has accepted a sponsor exemption from tournament officials. Last year, Hossler was ranked No.2 in the world among amateurs. As a 17-year-old he qualified for a second straight year to compete in the 2012 U.S. Open, held the lead after the second round and finished tied for 29th.
Players have until Friday, April 14 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time to commit to the Valero Texas Open. They can withdraw from the tournament at any time.
Tickets are currently on sale. Please visit ValeroTexasOpen.com for all details.
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ABOUT THE VALERO TEXAS OPEN
The Valero Texas Open is the 6th oldest professional tournament in golf world-wide, the 3rd 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 a leader in charitable fundraising among PGA TOUR events. The Valero Texas Open together with the Benefit for Children eclipsed the $100 million mark in charitable giving in 2015, becoming the fourth PGA TOUR event to do so. Raising a record $11 million in 2017, the tournament has now contributed more than $126 million to hundreds of worthy charities.
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