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March 30, 2021

Field Notes For March 30, 2021

COMING TO VALERO HOT: At the World Golf Championships—Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin this weekend, two players coming to San Antonio were in the semifinals and one made it to the final match. Scottie Scheffler and Matt Kuchar played each other in one of the semi-final matches with Scheffler advancing to the finals and finishing runner-up to winner Billy Horschel. Scheffler is a Dallas native and attended the University of Texas. Kuchar was runner-up in 2019 the week before coming here that year.

ALSO PLAYING WELL: In addition to Joel Dahmen’s winning performance in the Dominican Republic, Rafael Campos, Ben Martin and Greyson Sigg all qualified to play this week by finishing in the top ten on Sunday.

MASTERS INVITEES: There are 23 players in the field this week that are scheduled to play in next week’s Masters Tournament including Abraham Ancer, Cameron Champ, Corey Conners, Tony Finau, Brian Gay, Lanto Griffin, Zach Johnson, Si Woo Kim, Matt Kuchar, Martin Laird, Hideki Matsuyama, Phil Mickelson, Sebastian Munoz, Ryan Palmer, Scottie Scheffler, Charl Schwartzel, Jordan Spieth, Henrik Stenson, Jimmy Walker, Matt Wallace, Bernd Wiesberger, Danny Willett and Gary Woodland. In 2019 there were 17. This week is the final week to qualify for the Masters Tournament. If the winner here is not already in the Masters, he will receive an invitation.

AMATEURS: There will be three amateurs playing on sponsor exemptions and all are currently college players. Sam Bennett, Texas A&M, won the Cabo Collegiate here at the TPC San Antonio Oaks course, to earn a spot in the field this week. Bennett also was individual medalist this Sunday in the Old Waverly Collegiate in Mississippi. San Antonio native and Southern Methodist University golfer Mac Meissner is also competing this week as is Austin Eckroat, a member of the Oklahoma State, finished T12 on a sponsor exemption at the 2020 Mayakoba Golf Classic. Eckroat and Meissner are both in the top ten on the PGA TOUR University rankings.

SPEAKING ABOUT COLLEGE GOLF: There are six players competing who were NCAA individual champions. Phil Mickelson leads this group with two NCAA titles in 1990 and 1992 followed by Luke Donald (1999), Charles Howell III (2000), Ryan Moore (2004), Kevin Chappell (2008) and Aaron Wise (2016).

MAJOR CHAMPIONS: There are 15 major championship winners in the field including Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner, Jim Furyk, Lucas Glover, Padraig Harrington, Zach Johnson, Davis Love III, Graeme McDowell, Phil Mickelson, Charl Schwartzel, Jordan Spieth, Henrik Stenson, Jimmy Walker, Danny Willett and Gary Woodland. In total this group has won 24 major championship titles across the Masters Tournament, PGA Championship, U.S. Open and Open Championship.

FEDEXCUP CHAMPIONS: There are four players here who have hoisted the FedExCup at season’s end and include Jordan Spieth (2015), Henrik Stenson (2013), Brandt Snedeker (2012) and Jim Furyk (2010).

PAST CHAMPIONS: There are eight past champions of the Valero Texas Open returning this year and include Zach Johnson (2008, 2009), Brendan Steele (2011), Martin Laird (2013), Jimmy Walker (2015), Charley Hoffman (2016), Kevin Chappell (2017), Andrew Landry (2018) and Corey Conners (2019).

MONDAY QUALIFIERS: The final four spots in the field of 144 players competing in the Valero Texas Open was up for grabs on Monday. The Monday Qualifier, conducted by the Southern Texas PGA, was held at Comanche Trace. Sam Fidone, Luftkin, TX (66), Tain Lee, Irvine, CA (66), Patrick Grimes, Menlo Park, CA (66) and JJ Killeen, Lubbock, TX (65) are the final players to qualify for the VTO. A reminder, Corey Conners Monday qualified in 2019 and went on to win the tournament.


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 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 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.


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 for more information.

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