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March 4, 2020
Tony Finau & Matt Kuchar Latest Top-Ranked Players to Commit to Valero Texas Open
SAN ANTONIO, TX – Two more players ranked among the top-20 in the world, Tony Finau and Matt Kuchar, officially announced their intentions to compete in the Valero Texas Open to be held April 2-5 in San Antonio.
Finau and Kuchar are ranked 15th and 16th, respectively, in the world. Finau’s best finish at the Valero Texas Open was a T3 in 2017. Kuchar, whose best performance was a T4 in 2014, also finished T7 last year.
“The field for this year’s tournament continues to gain momentum with less than a month remaining until the PGA TOUR comes to San Antonio,” said Larson Segerdahl, Executive Director of the Valero Texas Open.
In addition to Finau and Kuchar, Sungjae Im, the winner of last week’s Honda Classic, who is currently ranked 25th, joins eight players ranked among the top 30 in the world scheduled to be in San Antonio. The previously announced players include Rory McIlroy (1), Shane Lowry (20), Rickie Fowler (27), Lee Westwood (28), and San Antonio resident Abraham Ancer (29).
The 2020 edition of the Valero Texas Open, returns to TPC San Antonio’s Oaks Course for the 11th year. This will be the second year of a 10-year contract extension between the PGA TOUR and Valero Energy Corporation; a deal which positions the tournament in a coveted slot on the TOUR schedule-- the week preceding the Masters Tournament.
Corey Conners, who last year held on for a two-stroke win over 2016 VTO champion Charley Hoffman, will return to defend his title. Conners is one of eight (8) tournament champions currently committed to the third oldest PGA TOUR event on the schedule. Among them are Andrew Landry (2018), Kevin Chappell (2017), Hoffman (2016), local star and major champion Jimmy Walker (2015), Martin Laird (2013), Brendan Steele (2011) and two-time major champion and two-time Valero Texas Open winner Zach Johnson (2008 & 2009).
Players have until Friday, March 27 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time to commit to the Valero Texas Open. They can withdraw from the tournament at any time.
Valero Energy Corporation, through its subsidiaries (collectively, “Valero”), is an international manufacturer and marketer of transportation fuels and petrochemical products. Valero is a Fortune 50 company based in San Antonio, Texas, and it operates 15 petroleum refineries with a combined throughput capacity of approximately 3.1 million barrels per day and 14 ethanol plants with a combined production capacity of 1.73 billion gallons per year. The petroleum refineries are located in the United States (U.S.), Canada and the United Kingdom (U.K.), and the ethanol plants are located in the Mid-Continent region of the U.S. Valero also is a joint venture partner in Diamond Green Diesel, which operates a renewable diesel plant in Norco, Louisiana. Diamond Green Diesel is North America’s largest biomass-based diesel plant. Valero sells its products in the wholesale rack or bulk markets in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Ireland and Latin America. Approximately 7,000 outlets carry Valero’s brand names. Please visit www.valero.com for more information.
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 2019 champion Corey Conners, 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 $15 million in 2019, the tournament has now contributed more than $155 million to hundreds of worthy charities. Please visit www.ValeroTexasOpen.com for more information.
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