FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 16, 2021
Major Champions Join Valero Texas Open Field
SAN ANTONIO, TX – Valero Texas Open field commitments this week include the addition of five players who have won one or more of golf’s major championships. The tournament will be the final PGA TOUR stop prior to the year’s first major championship, the Masters Tournament in Augusta, GA.
Pledging to compete in the tournament April 1-4 are Vijay Singh, Charl Schwartzel, Jim Furyk, Danny Willett and Henrik Stenson.
This group of major champions has accumulated a total of seven titles across the Masters Tournament, PGA Championship, U.S. Open and Open Championship. They join previously announced major champions Jason Dufner, Padraig Harrington and Jimmy Walker.
Singh, who won the Masters Tournament (2000) and two PGA Championships (1998, 2004), was also the 2008 PGA TOUR FedExCup Champion. Furyk has a U.S. Open Championship to his credit along with the 2010 PGA TOUR FedEx Cup title. The Masters Tournament was also won by Schwartzel (2011) and Willett (2016). Stenson, the 2013 FedExCup Champion, hoisted the Claret Jug in 2016 when he won the Open Championship.
To this point, Tournament officials have announced 14 players in the Valero Texas Open, who have been invited to compete in this year’s Masters Tournament the week following, including: Abraham Ancer, Cameron Champ, Corey Conners (2019 VTO Champion), Tony Finau, Matt Kuchar, Martin Laird (2013 VTO Champion), Ryan Palmer, Scottie Scheffler, Schwartzel, Singh, Stenson, Walker, Bernd Wiesberger and Willett.
PGA TOUR players have until Friday, March 26 at 4:00 p.m. Central Time to commit and can withdraw at any time.
With the primary focus on the health and well-being of the community and all involved with the tournament, the spectator and sponsor experience at the event has been reimagined to ensure all State, local and PGA TOUR safety protocols are observed. Upgraded spectator hospitality experiences will be open-air, provide ample space for social distancing, and allow for intimate viewing while taking advantage of miles of front row seats throughout the golf course, along the rope line.
Daily General Admission tickets are limited and are available to the public for purchase through Ticketmaster. Visit https://valerotexasopen.com/tickets/ for more details for ticket availability and parking options.
The Dash to the VTO presented by Humana Military will be held Saturday, March 27, leading up to tournament week. Participation for the popular 5K and one-mile run/walk event on the TPC San Antonio grounds will be limited to the first 700 participants which includes staggered corrals of groups of 25 to observe and manage social distancing safely. A fun event for the whole family, this race will also help raise funds and awareness for the Valero Texas Open’s Champions fore Charity fundraising campaign. Registration for this event is now open. Visit www.ValeroTexasOpen.com/dashtothevto/ for more details.
Executing an event the size and scope of the Valero Texas Open requires a lot of support. The tournament is also now accepting volunteer registration to assist in staging the 2021 tournament. Individuals are encouraged to learn about each of the unique volunteer committees and their role in the tournament to determine their area of interest. Visit www.ValeroTexasOpen.com/volunteers/ to learn more and register.
Tournament officials will remain in constant communication with local authorities in the weeks ahead to ensure the latest health and safety guidance is observed and the well-being of tournament fans is the top priority.
Be sure to visit www.ValeroTexasOpen.com for the latest updates on health and safety protocols as well as general tournament information, news and to purchase tickets.
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 3.2 million barrels per day and 13 ethanol plants with a combined production capacity of 1.68 billion gallons per year. The petroleum refineries are located in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, 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 VALERO IN THE COMMUNITY
Valero Energy Corporation, through its subsidiaries (collectively, “Valero”), and the Valero Energy Foundation are committed to improving the quality of life in communities where Valero has major operations. For a seventh consecutive time, Valero was named to The Civic 50 list by Points of Light as one of America’s most community-minded companies – the top energy company on the list. In 2019, Valero, its employees and the foundation collectively generated more than $64 million in charitable support through direct/in-kind donations, fundraising and volunteerism. Valero employees log close to 150,000 volunteer hours each year for hundreds of projects in their communities. The foundation provides funding to a variety of nonprofit agencies for programs and services supporting education, basic human needs, health care and civic projects. Through the overwhelming support of sponsors, the foundation’s signature programs, the Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children, generated more than $14 million in net proceeds in 2020 for charities across the United States.
ABOUT THE VALERO TEXAS OPEN
The Valero Texas Open is the sixth-oldest professional tournament in golf worldwide, the third-oldest on the PGA TOUR and the longest held in the same city. In 2022, the tournament will celebrate its 100th 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 its Benefit for Children and Champions fore Charity initiatives, has contributed more than $171 million to hundreds of worthy charities since inception.. Please visit www.ValeroTexasOpen.com for more information.
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