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February 12, 2020
Rickie Fowler Confirms Return To The Valero Texas Open This Spring
SAN ANTONIO, TX – Valero Texas Open officials announced today that Rickie Fowler will return to compete in San Antonio April 2-5.
Last year marked Fowler’s first time at the Valero Texas Open. He was tied for second through 36 holes before finishing tied for 17th in the overall standings after four rounds. The following week at the Masters Tournament, Fowler finished 9th.
“I enjoyed playing the Texas Open for the first time last year,” said Fowler. “And when you see the impact Valero and the tournament makes each year on charity, it’s easy to want to come back and support.”
Fowler’s first two career PGA TOUR victories were won in playoffs against major championship winners. He defeated Rory McIlroy in a playoff at the 2012 Wells Fargo Championship and in 2015 birdied the first playoff hole to defeat eventual 2017 Masters champion Sergio Garcia at The Players Championship. Last year, he won the Waste Management Phoenix Open for his fifth career title.
“It’s great to welcome Rickie to the tournament for the second year in a row,” said Larson Segerdahl, Valero Texas Open Executive Director. “He is a fan favorite wherever he plays and that is certainly the case here in San Antonio.”
The 2020 edition of the Valero Texas Open, returns to TPC San Antonio’s Oaks Course for the 11th year. This will be the second year of a 10-year contract extension between the PGA TOUR and Valero Energy Corporation; a deal which positions the tournament in a coveted slot on the TOUR schedule-- the week preceding the Masters Tournament.
Fowler, who is currently ranked 26th in the world, further bolsters a field that already includes World No. 1, Rory McIlroy. Other top-ranked players scheduled to compete are Abraham Ancer (No. 29) and Lee Westwood (No. 30).
Corey Conners, who last year held on for a two-stroke win over 2016 VTO champion Charley Hoffman, will return to defend his title. Conners is one of eight (8) tournament champions currently committed to the third oldest PGA TOUR event on the schedule. Among them are Andrew Landry (2018), Kevin Chappell (2017), Hoffman (2016), local star and major champion Jimmy Walker (2015), Martin Laird (2013), Brendan Steele (2011) and two-time major champion and two-time Valero Texas Open winner Zach Johnson (2008 & 2009).
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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