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PGA Tour Valero Texas Open

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Justin Leonard at the Texas Open

Justin Leonard (above) is one of two golfers to win the Texas Open three times. The other is Arnold Palmer.

Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

About the Valero Texas Open:

Dating to 1922, the PGA Tour Valero Texas Open is one of the older events on the tour schedule. The Texas Open is always played in San Antonio, and is a tournament known for low scoring. The tournament used to be part of the latter section of the tour schedule, but since 2009 has had a Spring date.

2014 Texas Open
Steven Bowditch wasn't sharp in the final round - his closing 76 included a bogey on the final hole. But he was still good enough to earn his first PGA Tour victory. Bowditch finished at 8-under 280, one stroke ahead of runners-up Will MacKenzie and Daniel Summerhays.

2013 Tournament
Martin Laird blitzed the field with a spectacular closing 63, charging up the leaderboard and to a 2-stroke victory. It was Laird's first win in two years, and it earned him the final available spot in the field for the 2013 Masters. Rory McIlroy, who had an excellent closing round of 66, finished second.

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Valero Texas Open Records:

  • Overall: 254 - Tommy Armour III, 2003 (La Cantera Golf Club)
  • Tournament Course Record: 60 - Zach Johnson, 2009 (La Cantera); Bart Bryant, 2004 (La Cantera); Al Brosch, 1951 (Brackenridge Park); Ted Kroll, 1954 (Brackenridge Park); Mike Souchak, 1955 (Brackenridge Park)

Valero Texas Open Golf Courses:

In 2010, the Texas Open moves to the recently constructed TPC San Antonio, designed by Greg Norman. Prior to that, the tournament was played for about 10 years at La Cantera Golf Club's Resort Course.

Many different courses in San Antonio have hosted this event over the years. A favorite with golfers was Oak Hills Country Club, an A.W. Tillinghast design that later hosted a Champions Tour event.

Several city-owned courses, including Brackenridge Park Golf Course, have hosted the Texas Open. And even military courses - the two courses at the U.S. Army base Fort Sam Houston - were used in the past.

Valero Texas Open Trivia and Notes:

  • The Texas Open was first played in 1922, and Bob MacDonald was the first winner.

  • The first round of 60 ever shot on the PGA Tour occurred in the 1951 Texas Open. Al Brosch was the golfer who reached that number first.

  • In 1940, Byron Nelson defeated Ben Hogan in a playoff battle between two Texans.

  • Arnold Palmer and Justin Leonard are the only 3-time winners of the Texas Open. Palmer won his three consecutively (1960-62). Leonard won back-to-back in 2000-01, and again in 2007.

  • Ben Crenshaw won his first-ever start as a member of the PGA Tour, at the 1973 Texas Open.

  • The Texas Open is a tournament that had a lot of low scoring over the years. Mike Souchak's winning total of 257 in 1955 was the 72-hole scoring record on the PGA Tour until 2001. Then, in 2003, Tommy Armour III won this tournament with a total of 254, setting a new record.

  • Armour's score in relation to par - 26-under in 2003 - also was a new record for a par-70 course. It broke the previous record set at, yes, the Texas Open (Donnie Hammond's 22-under in 1989).

  • At the 1992 Texas Open, Carl Cooper hit a drive that, with some curious bounces and bounds, wound up going 787 yards.

  • In the first round of the 2011 Texas Open, Kevin Na carded a 16 on the par-4 9th hole, the highest score on a par-4 since such PGA Tour records started in 1983.

PGA Tour Valero Texas Open Winners:

(p-playoff; w-weather shortened)

Valero Texas Open
2014 - Steven Bowditch, 280
2013 - Martin Laird, 274
2012 - Ben Curtis, 279
2011 - Brendan Steele, 280
2010 - Adam Scott, 274
2009 - Zach Johnson-p, 265
2008 - Zach Johnson, 261
2007 - Justin Leonard, 261
2006 - Eric Axley, 265
2005 - Robert Gamez, 262
2004 - Bart Bryant, 261
2003 - Tommy Armour III, 254
2002 - Loren Roberts, 261

Texas Open at La Cantera
2001 - Justin Leonard, 266

Westin Texas Open
2000 - Justin Leonard, 261
1999 - Duffy Waldorf-p, 270
1998 - Hal Sutton, 270

La Cantera Texas Open
1997 - Tim Herron, 271
1996 - David Ogrin, 275
1995 - Duffy Waldorf, 268

Texas Open
1994 - Bob Estes, 265

H-E-B Texas Open
1993 - Jay Haas-p, 263
1992 - Nick Price-p, 263
1991 - Blaine McCallister-p, 269
1990 - Mark O'Meara, 261

Texas Open Presented by Nabisco
1989 - Donnie Hammond, 258
1988 - Corey Pavin, 259

Vantage Championship
1986 - Ben Crenshaw-w, 196

Texas Open
1985 - John Mahaffey-p, 268
1984 - Calvin Peete, 266
1983 - Jim Colbert, 261
1982 - Jay Haas, 262
1981 - Bill Rogers-p, 266

San Antonio Texas Open
1980 - Lee Trevino, 265
1979 - Lou Graham, 268
1978 - Ron Streck, 265
1977 - Hale Irwin, 266
1976 - Butch Baird-p, 273
1975 - Don January-p, 275
1974 - Terry Diehl, 269
1973 - Ben Crenshaw, 270
1972 - Mike Hill, 273
1971 - No Tournament
1970 - Ron Cerrudo, 273

Texas Open
1969 - Deane Beman-p, 274
1968 - No Tournament
1967 - Chi Chi Rodriguez, 277
1966 - Harold Henning, 272
1965 - Frank Beard, 270
1964 - Bruce Crampton, 273
1963 - Phil Rodgers, 268
1962 - Arnold Palmer, 273
1961 - Arnold Palmer, 270
1960 - Arnold Palmer, 276
1959 - Wes Ellis, 276
1958 - Bill Johnston, 274
1957 - Jay Hebert, 271
1956 - Gene Littler, 276
1955 - Mike Souchak, 257
1954 - Chandler Harper, 259
1953 - Tony Holguin, 264
1952 - Jack Burke Jr., 260
1951 - Dutch Harrison-p, 265
1950 - Sam Snead, 265
1949 - Dave Douglas, 268
1948 - Sam Snead, 264
1947 - Ed Oliver, 265
1946 - Ben Hogan, 264
1945 - Sam Byrd, 268
1944 - Johnny Revolta, 273
1943 - No Tournament
1942 - Chick Harbert-p, 272
1941 - Lawson Little, 273
1940 - Byron Nelson-p, 271
1939 - Dutch Harrison, 271
1935-38 - No Tournament
1934 - Wiffy Cox, 283
1933 - No Tournament
1932 - Clarence Clark, 287
1931 - Abe Espinosa, 281
1930 - Denny Shute, 277
1929 - Bill Mehlhorn, 277
1928 - Bill Mehlhorn, 297
1927 - Bobby Cruickshank, 272
1926 - Macdonald Smith, 288
1925 - Joe Turnesa, 284
1924 - Joe Kirkwood, 279
1923 - Walter Hagen-p, 279
1922 - Bob MacDonald, 281

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