FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 11, 2020
2020 Ryder Cup Captains Padraig Harrington & Steve Stricker Join the Valero Texas Open Field
SAN ANTONIO, TX – Two of golf’s distinguished veterans and this year’s Ryder Cup Captains, Steve Stricker and Padraig Harrington have committed to compete in the Valero Texas Open to be held April 2-5 in San Antonio.
Harrington will captain the European Team and Stricker the United States Team when the 43rd Ryder Cup matches are contested at Whistling Straits in Koehler, Wisconsin September 22-27. This marks the first time Harrington and Stricker will be captains of the Ryder Cup.
Combined this twosome has accumulated 18 PGA TOUR victories—Stricker with 12 and Harrington with six. Harrington, winner of three major championships, has won 31 titles worldwide. Stricker, 53, has won five times on the PGA TOUR Champions, including last year’s U.S. Senior Open.
In addition to these two notable players, the field for the Valero Texas Open currently boasts eight players among the top 30 in the world, headlined by World No. 1 Rory McIlroy.
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).
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.
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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