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January 19, 2023

J.J. Spaun Set to Defend Title at Valero Texas Open

Early Player Commitments Include Five Past Champions
San Antonio Golf Tournament Continues to Make Impressive Local Economic Impact

SAN ANTONIO, TX — As the Valero Texas Open heads into a new century this spring, tournament officials announced today some past champion commitments for the 144-man field scheduled to compete in the historical PGA TOUR stop on TPC San Antonio’s The Oaks course March 27 - April 2, a week preceding The Masters tournament.

2022 champion J.J. Spaun, currently ranked 25th in the FedExCup standings on the strength of two top-12 starts the past few weeks, will defend his title. The San Diego State grad and current World No. 61, will attempt to become the first Valero Texas Open champion to win back-to-back since this year’s U.S. Ryder Cup captain Zach Johnson accomplished the feat in 2008 and 2009.

“Yeah, it's still unbelievable,” Spaun said after earning his first PGA TOUR victory here last year, “I knew I could win out here on Tour. When I first got out here, I was playing really good and then obviously had a setback two years ago. It's just perseverance, just trying to push through and just stay strong.”

Joining Spaun on the past champions list are Corey Conners (2019), Andrew Landry (2018), Jimmy Walker (2015) and Martin Laird (2013).

Conners is currently ranked 32nd in the world and was a member of the International Team in last fall’s Presidents Cup matches. Landry is a two-time winner on the PGA TOUR, with his most recent victory coming in the 2020 season. Walker, a San Antonio native, is a six-time winner on TOUR including the 2016 PGA Championship. Laird shot the final round course record of 63 to secure his victory in 2013. Steele has won two times since his first career TOUR win here in San Antonio.

PGA TOUR players have until Friday, March 24 at 4:00 p.m. Central Time to commit and can withdraw at any time.

Tickets to the Valero Texas Open are now on sale via Ticketmaster and As is customary, all net proceeds from the tournament will go to support hundreds of charity organizations throughout South Texas and well beyond.

Additional News and Notes:

  • Economic Impact: The 2022 Valero Texas Open generated an economic impact of $29 Million and generated a fiscal impact, or an increase in taxes, of nearly $1.2 Million. The tournament saw a 30% increase in attendance since 2019. 45% of total attendees were from outside San Antonio and 39% of total attendees were visiting San Antonio for the purposes of the Valero Texas Open.
  • Night to Honor Our Heroes: The Valero Texas Open’s long-standing tradition of celebrating “Military City, USA” continues this year as active military, veterans, wounded warriors and corporate supporters gather Friday night of tournament week. This year’s Night to Honor Our Heroes presented by Boeing will feature a fire-side chat with Head Football Coaches Brent Venables (University of Oklahoma) and Jeff Traylor (University of Texas at San Antonio) already confirmed to participate. Additional participants to be announced at a later date.
  • Champions fore Charity: Champions fore Charity is a fundraising program that provides participating charities and schools the opportunity to generate contributions through the Valero Texas Open. The Valero Texas Open raised a record-breaking $22 million in 2022 as a part of the 100th anniversary of the tournament, bringing the grand total to $209 million in charitable giving.
    The 2022 Champions fore Charity program distributed over $11.55M to nearly 160 participating organizations. 

The 2023 fundraising campaign is presently underway and will conclude April 11. Over 170 participating charities and school programs have already raised over $3.7 million to date. At the conclusion of the fundraiser, the charities will also receive several financial incentives including a 7% matching gift provided by the Valero Texas Open. To learn more and donate to your favorite charity and/or school visit,
  • Volunteer Opportunities: Opportunities are available for individuals looking to support our charitable mission or interested in a behind-the-scenes look at conducting a PGA TOUR tournament. The Valero Texas Open traditionally utilizes around 2,100 volunteers to assist in staging and managing the tournament. Nearly 800 Valero employees are part of this group.

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Valero Energy Corporation, through its subsidiaries (collectively, Valero), is a multinational manufacturer and marketer of petroleum-based and low-carbon liquid transportation fuels and petrochemical products, and sells its products primarily in the United States (U.S.), Canada, the United Kingdom (U.K.), Ireland and Latin America. Valero owns 15 petroleum refineries located in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. with a combined throughput capacity of approximately 3.2 million barrels per day. Valero is a joint venture member in Diamond Green Diesel Holdings LLC, which owns two renewable diesel plants located in the U.S. Gulf Coast region with a combined production capacity of approximately 1.2 billion gallons per year, and Valero owns 12 ethanol plants located in the U.S. Mid-Continent region with a combined production capacity of approximately 1.6 billion gallons per year. Valero manages its operations through its Refining, Renewable Diesel, and Ethanol segments. Please visit for more information.


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.


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 for more information.

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