FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 25, 2022
Hideki Matsuyama Commits to Valero Texas Open 100th Anniversary
Masters Champion Returns to San Antonio for Second Straight Year
SAN ANTONIO, TX —Today the Valero Texas Open announced that Japanese star Hideki Matsuyama has committed to play in the 2022 tournament, scheduled for next week at TPC San Antonio Oaks Course.
Matsuyama, currently ranked 12th in the world, finished tied for 30th here last year and a week later won his first major championship at the Masters Tournament.
Matsuyama joins Masters Champions Zach Johnson and Jordan Spieth in the field. The last time a defending Masters champion competed in the Valero Texas Open was 2008, when Johnson, Masters winner in 2007, came to San Antonio and won.
The 30-year-old has won eight times on the PGA TOUR. In 2016, he won three times, with two of those victories at World Golf Championships events.
There are twelve major championship winners in the field: Keegan Bradley, Jason Day, Bryson DeChambeau, Lucas Glover, Johnson, Matsuyama, Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy, Spieth, Henrik Stenson, Jimmy Walker, and Gary Woodland.
Currently, there are seven players among the top 25 in the world who are scheduled to appear — Scottie Sheffler (5), McIlroy (8), Matsuyama (12), DeChambeau (13), Spieth (15), Abraham Ancer (19), and Tony Finau (23).
The 4:00 p.m. deadline has passed for players to commit to compete in the Valero Texas Open. They can withdraw from the field at any time.
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.
Crenshaw, Trevino and Watson will be featured speakers at the tournament’s annual Night to Honor Our Heroes presented by Boeing military appreciation banquet on Friday, April 1. Sponsorships and guest tables are still available for those interested in supporting the event.
PGA TOUR players had 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.
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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 2023, Valero, its employees and the foundation collectively generated more than $77 million in charitable support through direct/in-kind donations, fundraising and volunteerism. Valero employees logged more than 127,000 volunteer hours in 2023 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 $23 million raised in 2023 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 celebrated 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, Jordan Spieth and 2019, 2023 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 $232 million to hundreds of worthy charities since inception. Please visit www.ValeroTexasOpen.com for more information.
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