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April 2, 2019

Field Notes For April 2, 2019

Coming To Valero Hot: At the World Golf Championships—Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin this weekend, three players coming to San Antonio made it to the final 16, two to the final eight and one in the final. Haotong Li, Matt Kuchar and Lucas Bjerregaard were in the final 16 while Kuchar and Bjerregaard advanced to the final eight. Bjerregaard, a sponsor exemption recipient this week, played Tiger Woods and won. Kuchar played Sergio Garcia and won. Kuchar defeated Bjerregaard in the semi-finals and lost to Kisner in the finals to finish second. At the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, Graeme McDowell was the winner and will be in San Antonio. It was McDowell’s fourth PGA TOUR title.

Also Playing Well: In addition to Graeme McDowell’s winning performance in the Dominican Republic, all the players who finished in the top ten will be competing here, including MacKenzie Hughes and Chris Stroud, who tied for second. On the Tour, University of Texas product, Scottie Scheffler finished second Sunday and will be here as a sponsor exemption.

Masters Invitees: There are 17 players in the field this week that are scheduled to play in next week’s Masters Tournament including Lucas Bjerregaard, Tony Finau, Rickie Fowler, Justin Harding, Charley Hoffman, J.B. Holmes, Billy Horschel, Martin Kaymer, Si Woo Kim, Matt Kuchar, Andrew Landry, Haotong Li, Adam Long, Jordan Spieth, Kyle Stanley, Kevin Tway and Jimmy Walker. Of course, this week is the final week to qualify for the Masters Tournament. If the winner here is not already in the Masters, he will receive an invitation.

Internationals: The game of golf has quickly become a very global game and the field at the Valero Texas Open reflects this. Of the 144 players competing, 43 are international players representing 24 different countries.

Major Champions: There are nine major championship winners in the field including Ernie Els, Lucas Glover, Jim Furyk, Padraig Harrington, Martin Kaymer, Davis Love III, Graeme McDowell, Jordan Spieth and Jimmy Walker.

University Of Texas National Champs: Three members of the University of Texas 2012 NCAA Men’s Golf National Championship team are here competing. Jordan Spieth, Cody Gribble and Dylan Frittelli all won their matches in the finals and the Longhorns defeated Alabama 3-2 for the national title.

Past Champions: There are five past champions of the Valero Texas Open in the field this year and include Brendan Steele (2011), Martin Laird (2013), Jimmy Walker (2015), Charley Hoffman (2016), Andrew Landry (2018).


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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 2018 champion Andrew Landry, 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 $12 million in 2018, the tournament has now contributed more than $138 million to hundreds of worthy charities.

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