FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 5, 2020
Rory McIlroy - World No. 2 & Reigning FedExCup Champion - Commits To 2020 Valero Texas Open
SAN ANTONIO, TX – Rory McIlroy, the reigning FedExCup champion and 2019 PGA TOUR Player of the Year, will be returning to the Valero Texas Open for the first time since 2013, tournament officials announced today.
“I am excited to get back to the Valero Texas Open,” said McIlroy, who will be World No. 1 on Monday. “I have fond memories of TPC San Antonio and look forward to returning there in April.”
The 2020 edition of the Valero Texas Open, which is scheduled for April 2-5 at TPC San Antonio’s Oaks Course, will be the second of a 10-year contract extension between the PGA TOUR and Valero Energy Corporation; a deal which repositioned the tournament in a coveted slot on the TOUR schedule the week preceding The Masters.
“This commitment from Rory further signifies the elevated stature of the Valero Texas Open on the PGA TOUR,” explained the tournament’s Executive Director, Larson Segerdahl. “We are thrilled to continue to showcase the world’s best golfers to our hometown fans right here in San Antonio and a worldwide television audience.”
In his only start at the Valero Texas Open, McIlroy finished second seven years ago. After an opening-round 72, he birdied the final three holes during the second round to get into contention and was tied for fourth entering the final round. He shot 66 on Sunday and finished two shots shy of winner Martin Laird, who shot a final round 63.
Since his last start in San Antonio, McIlroy has won 12 times on the PGA TOUR for a total of 18 career victories. Last year, he won the FedExCup for the second time, joining Tiger Woods as the only two players to do so. He also became the first player to win THE PLAYERS Championship and FedExCup in the same season. The 30-year-old has 26 victories worldwide.
Players have until Friday, March 27 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time to commit to the Valero Texas Open. They can withdraw from the tournament at any time.
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 3.1 million barrels per day and 14 ethanol plants with a combined production capacity of 1.73 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 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 THE VALERO TEXAS OPEN
The Valero Texas Open is the 6th oldest professional tournament in golf world-wide, the 3rd oldest on the PGA TOUR and the longest held in the same city. In 2012, the tournament celebrated its 90th 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 the Benefit for Children eclipsed the $100 million mark in charitable giving in 2015, becoming the fourth PGA TOUR event to do so. Raising a record $15 million in 2019, the tournament has now contributed more than $155 million to hundreds of worthy charities. Please visit www.ValeroTexasOpen.com for more information.
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