FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 26, 2021
Jordan Spieth, Zach Johnson, Gary Woodland add More Major Power
Top-Ranked Japanese Player Hideki Matsuyama Also Commits to Valero Texas Open
SAN ANTONIO, TX – Valero Texas Open officials announced today commitments from three major champions and one of the top International players in the world 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.
Texan Jordan Spieth, winner of both the Masters Tournament and U.S. Open in 2015 and The Open Championship in 2017 will return to San Antonio for a second consecutive start. He finished T30 in 2019. The 11-time PGA TOUR winner’s best finish here was when he was runner-up to Jimmy Walker in 2015.
Zach Johnson is a two-time Valero Texas Open champion, winning in back-to-back fashion in 2008 and 2009. He is also a multiple major champion. He won the 2007 Masters Tournament and The Open Championship in 2015. He owns 12 PGA TOUR career victories.
Gary Woodland won the 2019 U.S Open and is a four-time PGA TOUR winner. His best finish in the Valero Texas Open is a T26 in 2015, the last time he played in San Antonio.
Hideki Matsuyama, currently ranked 24th in the Official World Golf Rankings, is the No.1 ranked Japanese golfer. He has won five times on the PGA TOUR, including two World Golf Championships. He has also won eight times on the Japanese Tour. This will be Matsuyama’s Valero Texas Open debut.
All four players will go on to compete in this year’s Masters Tournament following the Valero Texas Open.
“We’re thrilled to add these world class players to our already strong field,” said Larson Segerdahl, Executive Director of the Valero Texas Open. “ Jordan, Gary, Hideki and Zach will help make next week’s tournament even more exciting for our fans in attendance and watching at home.”
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.
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.
Tournament officials will remain in constant communication with local authorities in the days 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.
PGA TOUR players have until Friday, March 26 at 4:00 p.m. Central Time to commit and can withdraw at any time.
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. Individuals have until 6 p.m. central time today to register to participate. Visit www.ValeroTexasOpen.com/dashtothevto/ for more details.
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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