FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 21, 2022
Recently Named Ryder Cup Captains Coming to San Antonio
Henrik Stenson, Zach Johnson in The Field
SAN ANTONIO, TX —The Valero Texas Open officials announced today that the recently named Ryder Cup team Captains, Henrik Stenson and Zach Johnson, have committed to play in the 2022 tournament, scheduled for March 31 - April 3, a week preceding The Masters tournament.
Earlier this month, Johnson, a two-time champion of the Valero Texas Open (2008 & 2009), was named the U.S. Ryder Cup team captain. Just last week, Stenson, who will be making his second Valero Texas Open appearance, was appointed Captain for team Europe. The Ryder Cup matches will be held in the fall of 2023 in Rome, Italy.
Stenson is a six-time winner on TOUR, including a Players Championship, TOUR Championship and The Open Championship in 2016. He has played in five Ryder Cup competitions and was an assistant captain last year.
Johnson has 12 PGA TOUR career wins, including the 2007 Masters and The Open Championship in 2015. He has played on five U.S. Ryder Cup teams and was an assistant captain in the last two matches.
2021 champion and World No. 15 Jordan Spieth will defend his title and attempt to become the first Valero Texas Open champion to win back-to-back since Zach Johnson accomplished the feat.
Currently, there are six players among the top 25 in the world scheduled to appear— Scottie Scheffler (5), Rory McIlroy (8), Spieth (15) and Abraham Ancer (19), and Tony Finau (23).
Several legendary players and Hall of Fame members will be on hand during tournament week to help commemorate the 100th anniversary. Deane Beman (1969 Texas Open Champion), Ben Crenshaw (1973 & 1986 Texas Open Champion), Hale Irwin (1977 Texas Open Champion), Lee Trevino (1980 Texas Open Champion) and Tom Watson (1987 Texas Open Champion) are all scheduled to appear.PGA TOUR players have until Friday, March 25 at 4:00 p.m. Central Time to commit and can withdraw from the 144-player field at any time.
Tickets to the Valero Texas Open are now on sale via Ticketmaster and ValeroTexasOpen.com. As is customary, all net proceeds from the event will go to support hundreds of charity organizations throughout South Texas and well beyond.
Given the significance of this year’s historic milestone, tournament officials are planning a variety of celebratory initiatives including the following:
- Valero Texas Open 100th Anniversary Concert presents Jason Aldean and Darius Rucker: The Valero Texas Open will host a one-of-a-kind concert to celebrate the 100th anniversary on Saturday, April 2 with the three-time ACM “Entertainer of the Year,” Aldean and three-time GRAMMY award winner, Rucker. Walker County will kick off the concert following tournament play. All ticket holders attending Saturday’s third round competition will also be able to attend the concert.
- It’s Been A Journey: The True Story of the Oldest Golf Tournament in Texas: Tournament officials are collaborating with award-winning sportswriter and author Kevin Robbins, to tell the story of the Texas Open from its origins to present day. This incredible commemorative volume will be complete and available for purchase the week of the tournament.
- Historical Golf Course Markers: Tribute historical markers have been placed at the golf courses that have hosted the tournament through the years including Brackenridge Park, Willow Springs, Fort Sam Houston, Oak Hills Country Club and La Cantera. The final historical marker will be unveiled at TPC San Antonio the week of the tournament. These historical markers feature the writings of Kevin Robbins highlighting the tournaments contested along with the years and storied champions for each respective course.
- Commemorative Artwork: Graeme Baxter, official artist to some of the world’s most important golf tournaments such as The Ryder Cup, The Open Championship and The Presidents Cup was commissioned to paint a commemorative landscape of the Valero Texas Open‘s finishing hole.
Visit www.ValeroTexasOpen.com for all tournament news, updates, information 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 approximately 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 needs, health care and civic initiatives. 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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