FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 19, 2021
Phil Mickelson Returning to Valero Texas Open
Additional Trio of Major Champions Latest to Commit
SAN ANTONIO, TX – Officials announced today a commitment from one of golf’s greatest players, Phil Mickelson, for the Valero Texas Open, scheduled for April 1-4 in San Antonio. The tournament will be the final PGA TOUR stop prior to the year’s first major championship, the Masters Tournament in Augusta, GA.
Mickelson, the World Golf Hall of Fame member and winner of 44 career PGA TOUR titles, will be competing in the Valero Texas Open for the first time since playing three years in a row, 2014-2016. His best finish came in 2015 when he tied for 30th. Mickelson, a five-time major championship winner, won the Masters Tournament in 2004, 2006 and 2010. He won the PGA Championship in 2005 and The Open Championship in 2013.
“We are delighted to welcome Phil back to the Valero Texas Open in a couple of weeks,” said Larson Segerdahl, Executive Director of the Valero Texas Open. “He certainly elevates the level of excitement at every tournament he competes in and I’m sure it will be no different this year at TPC San Antonio.”
In addition, Davis Love III, another World Golf Hall of Fame member, two-time United States Ryder Cup captain and 1997 PGA Championship winner is also scheduled to compete. He has won 21 times on the PGA TOUR. He and Mickelson have a combined 55 TOUR career titles.
Other major champions committing today are Lucas Glover, who won the 2009 U.S. Open and Keegan Bradley, winner of the 2011 PGA Championship.
These four add to an already impressive group of major champions who are part of the 144-player field. This collection of major champions has accumulated a total of 19 titles across the Masters Tournament, PGA Championship, U.S. Open and The Open Championship. The others include Vijay Singh, Charl Schwartzel, Jim Furyk, Danny Willett, Henrik Stenson, Jason Dufner, Padraig Harrington and Jimmy Walker.
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 open. Pricing for adult registration will go up Sunday, March 21. 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 500 company based in San Antonio, Texas, and owns 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 1.7 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 is also a joint venture partner in Diamond Green Diesel, which owns and 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. In 2020, Valero, its employees and the foundation collectively generated more than $58 million in charitable support through direct/in-kind donations, fundraising and volunteerism. Valero employees log close to 150,000 volunteer hours on average each year for hundreds of projects in their communities. Valero 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 $16 million in net proceeds in 2021 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 2021 champion Jordan Spieth, 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 $187 million to hundreds of worthy charities since inception. Please visit www.ValeroTexasOpen.com for more information.
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