|2021 Tournament Highlights|
The 2020 Valero Texas Open was cancelled on March 13, just two weeks before the tournament was scheduled to tee off, due to the COVID-19 pandemic which forced a 13-week hiatus on the PGA TOUR schedule. With a reimagined spectator and sponsor experience and with health and safety at the forefront, the Valero Texas Open was able to return this year with limited attendance. The energetic gallery was grateful to be outdoors soaking up the beautiful spring weather and while enjoying some social interaction with others. In fact, ticket purchasers represented all but four States in the Union!|
The 2021 tournament showcased the talents of many of the world’s top golfers including Defending Champion Corey Conners, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson, Charley Hoffman, Jimmy Walker, Abraham Ancer, Tony Finau, Matt Kuchar, Hideki Matsuyama, Zach Johnson, Jim Furyk, to name just a few, as they navigated their way around the challenging Oaks Course.
At the end of a great week and exciting competition, it was Dallas, Texas-native Jordan Spieth who claimed his 12th PGA TOUR victory, hoisted the recently re-designed Valero Texas Open trophy and slipped on the Lucchese Champion Boots.
Thanks to generosity of the community, this year’s Valero Texas Open, along with the Valero Benefit for Children, raised a record $16 million, bringing the grand total to $187 million in cumulative charitable giving.
On behalf of the Valero Texas Open and Valero Energy Foundation, we would like to extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation for your support and the role you played in making this year’s Valero Texas Open an extraordinary success.
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|Player Highlights & Leaderboard|
|324 PGA TOUR Wins|
|8 Past VTO Champions|
|23 Different Countries Represented|
|15 Major Championship Winners|
|4 FedExCup Champions|
|26 Born or Reside in Texas|
|Since the Valero Texas Open|
|The world’s top Japanese golfer, Hideki Matsuyama, made his debut in San Antonio this year with a T30 finish. Matsuyama carried that momentum into the following week at Augusta National Golf Club and went on to win the Masters Tournament; becoming the first player from Japan to put on the coveted green jacket.|
|In 2014, Sam Burns won the Jr. PGA Championship and was named AJGA Rolex Jr. Player of the Year, which earned Burns an exemption into the 2015 Valero Texas Open as an amateur. During his tournament prep that year he got to play a practice round with Jordan Spieth. Fast forward to present day – Burns competed in this year’s Valero Texas Open for the second time since turning professional and went on to win the Valspar Championship just four weeks later for his first PGA TOUR victory.|
Valero Texas Open reigning champion, Jordan Spieth with one of the PGA TOUR’s newest champions, Sam Burns.
|Korean golfer, K.H. Lee, who finished T23 in this year’s Valero Texas Open - his second time playing the event – continued on a strong 5-week stretch which culminated in his first PGA TOUR victory at the AT&T Byron Nelson at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX. His victory earned him a spot in this week’s PGA Championship which will be his sixth tournament in as many weeks.|
|The PGA Championship is underway at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island and eight (8) Valero Texas Open past champions are competing in the year’s second major championship. If our reigning champion, Jordan Spieth, wins this week he will become only the sixth person in history to win the career Grand Slam. Best of luck to all of our past champs this week!|
|Celebrating Our 2021 Champion, Jordan Spieth|
After enduring a winless streak that stretched nearly four years, since the 2017 Open Championship, Jordan Spieth birdied two of his first three holes to get his nose out front, hits some fairways – 10 of 14, his best of the week – and cards a final-round 66 to win the Valero Texas Open by two over Charley Hoffman (66) and four over Matt Wallace (70).|
Charley Hoffman, who shot a final-round 66 to finish solo second, was back in his element at the Valero Texas Open. Since 2006, he led everyone in the field in top-five finishes (six), top-10s (six), top-25s (11), cuts made (15) and score to par (99 under). He won the 2016 Valero Texas Open. With that kind of pedigree, it was no great surprise Saturday when the four-time TOUR winner Hoffman, 44, played the final seven holes in 6 under par as he shot 65 to reach 10 under par. He would go into the final round just two back of Spieth and Wallace and would keep the heat on the winner until the end. Needing an eagle at the par-5 finishing hole, Hoffman made par.
Jordan Spieth tapped in for par to win the Open Championship for his third major and 11th victory in just five years on the PGA TOUR. He never imagined he would go 1,351 days before he felt that way again. Spieth ended a mystifying slump Sunday by giving himself birdie chances and making most of them, closing with a 6-under 66 to hold off Charley Hoffman for a two-shot victory in the Valero Texas Open. And now he's back with a new trophy and a pair of cowboy boots.
"There's peaks and valleys in this sport, but I never expected to go this long," Spieth said. "Back then, in between wins, maybe I took things more for granted than I should have. It's very difficult to win out here and I'll certainly enjoy this one as much as I have any other. This is a monumental win for me," Spieth said. "It's been a long road. There were a lot of times that I didn't know I would be here."
Spieth, who finished at 18-under 270, moved to No. 7 in the FedExCup. Spieth typically is a favorite at the Masters, where he was runner-up in his debut in 2014, won wire-to-wire the next year and was runner-up again after losing a back-nine lead in 2016; and finished his final round this year tied for third place.
“I feel grateful. It hits me that I'm back in the winner's circle. It's been a road that's had a lot of tough days. I've had people in my corner that have always believed in me even when I've kind of believed less in myself,” Spieth said. “I just feel a lot of gratitude to those who have helped me kind of get back here. My wife has been just a rock to me. This is my first win since we've been married, so it's been progressing this way since maybe December. Before that, there was a lot of tough times. When you're struggling at work, you try not to bring it home and that kind of stuff. I'm very grateful for the people that I have around me. I'm blessed with a great family who's always just looking out for my best interests. I've got an amazing team and I get put in position and I've got full trust in everyone that's on my side that they're going to be the best at what they do and I've just got to go out and feel the freedom to go enjoy playing golf.”
|Charity: It’s What We’re All About|
Thanks to the support of our partners, we’ve been able to achieve monumental milestones in our charitable endeavors and continue to break our own records. In 2015, we were proud to become only the fourth PGA TOUR event to eclipse the $100 Million milestone in cumulative funds raised for charity - with a record $10.4 million raised through the 2015 Valero Texas Open and its associated Benefit for Children. The COVID-19 pandemic canceled the 2020 Valero Texas Open, like it did so many prominent events across the country, yet the Valero Texas Open proudly contributed more than $14 million in net proceeds for charitable organizations throughout south Texas and across the United States.|
The tournament’s legacy of giving back continued this year as Sunday afternoon during the final round, our Tournament Chair, Eric Fisher, Senior Vice President of Wholesale Marketing & International Commercial Operations for Valero, announced to NBC’s national television viewing audience that this year’s Valero Texas Open raised a jaw-dropping $16 million for charity, bringing the cumulative total to more than $187 million in charitable giving.
The Valero Texas Open raised charitable dollars through a variety of programs including its pro-am golf tournaments, corporate sponsorships, ticket & concession sales, Dash to the VTO race and the Champions fore Charity program in which nonprofit organizations solicit donations with a match from tournament proceeds.
Funds were also raised through the Benefit for Children – a fund raising event in which participants enjoyed golf outings across 8 of San Antonio’s premiere golf courses or a sporting clays competition, all of which was held the Monday following the Valero Texas Open.
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.
|Save the Date: 2022 Valero Texas Open|