PGA Tour
PGA - Valero Texas Open Preview
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DATES: Thursday, May 13th through Sunday, May 16th
SITE: TPC San Antonio (AT&T Oaks Course), San Antonio, Texas
COURSE ARCHITECT: Greg Norman and Sergio Garcia (2010)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,435
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 454 yds10 - Par 4 447 yds
2 - Par 5 602 yds11 - Par 4 405 yds
3 - Par 3 213 yds12 - Par 4 410 yds
4 - Par 4 481 yds13 - Par 3 241 yds
5 - Par 4 342 yds14 - Par 5 567 yds
6 - Par 4 403 yds15 - Par 4 464 yds
7 - Par 3 207 yds16 - Par 3 183 yds
8 - Par 5 604 yds17 - Par 4 347 yds
9 - Par 4 474 yds18 - Par 5 591 yds
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36 3,780 Yds36 3,655 Yds
 
Annual:  80th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  - Thursday/Friday -- 8:30-11:30 p.m. (et) - replay,
  CBS - Saturday/Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Zach Johnson
Runner-Up:  James Driscoll
Tournament Record:  254 (Tommy Armour III, 2003)
54-Hole Record:  189 (Tommy Armour III, 2003)
36-Hole Record:  126 (Paul Azinger, 1989; Tommy Armour III, 2003;
  Jesper Parnevik, 2007)
18-Hole Record:  60 (Al Brosch, 1951; Ted Kroll, 1954; Mike Souchak, 1955;
  Bart Bryant, 2004; Zach Johnson, 2009)
Total Purse:  $6,100,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,098,000; 2nd Place - $658,800; 3rd Place - $414,800
 
2009 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Zach Johnson *265Fredrik Jacobson267
James Driscoll265Marc Leishman267
Paul Goydos266Justin Leonard267
Bill Haas266Stephen Ames268
Brian Davis267Charley Hoffman268

* - Won in Playoff

 
Past Valero Texas Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2009*Zach Johnson (265) -- James Driscoll
2008Zach Johnson (261) -- Charlie Wi, Tim Wilkinson, Mark Wilson
2007*Justin Leonard (261) -- Jesper Parnevik
2006Eric Axley (265) -- Anthony Kim, Dean Wilson, Justin Rose
2005Robert Gamez (262) -- Olin Browne
2004Bart Bryant (261) -- Patrick Sheehan
2003Tommy Armour III (254) -- Loren Roberts, Bob Tway
2002Loren Roberts (261) -- Fred Couples, Fred Funk, Garrett Willis
2001Justin Leonard (266) -- J.J. Henry, Matt Kuchar
2000Justin Leonard (261) -- Mark Wiebe
1999*Duffy Waldorf (270) -- Ted Tryba
1998Hal Sutton (270) -- Jay Haas, Justin Leonard
1997Tim Herron (271) -- Rick Fehr, Brent Geiberger
1996David Ogrin (275) -- Jay Haas
1995Duffy Waldorf (268) -- Justin Leonard
1994Bob Estes (265) -- Gil Morgan
1993*Jay Haas (263) -- Bob Lohr
1992*Nick Price (263) -- Steve Elkington
1991*Blaine McCallister (269) -- Gary Hallberg
1990Mark O'Meara (261) -- Gary Hallberg
1989Donnie Hammond (258) -- Paul Azinger
1988Corey Pavin (259) -- Robert Wrenn
1987Tom Watson (268) -- (Nabisco Championship)
1986#Ben Crenshaw (196) -- Payne Stewart
1985*John Mahaffey (268) -- Jodie Mudd
1984Calvin Peete (266) -- Bruce Lietzke
1983Jim Colbert (261) -- Mark Pfeil
1982Jay Haas (262) -- Curtis Strange
1981*Bill Rogers (266) -- Ben Crenshaw
1980Lee Trevino (265) -- Terry Diehl
1979Lou Graham (268) -- Eddie Pearce, Bill Rogers, Doug Tewell
1978Ron Streck (265) -- Hubert Green, Lon Hinkle
1977Hale Irwin (266) -- Miller Barber
1976*Butch Baird (273) -- Miller Barber
1975*Don January (275) -- Larry Hinson
1974Terry Diehl (269) -- Mike Hill
1973Ben Crenshaw (270) -- Orville Moody
1972Mike Hill (273) -- Lee Trevino
1971Not Held
1970Ron Cerrudo (273) -- Dick Lotz
1969*Deane Beman (274) -- Jack McGowan
1968Not Held
1967Chi Chi Rodriguez (277) -- Bob Charles
1966Harold Henning (272) -- Wes Ellis, Gene Littler, Ken Still
1965Frank Beard (270) -- Gardner Dickinson
1964Bruce Crampton (273) -- Bob Charles, Chi Chi Rodriguez
1963Phil Rogers (268) -- Johnny Pott
1962Arnold Palmer (273) -- J.Campbell, G.Littler, M.Rudolph, D.Sanders
1961Arnold Palmer (270) -- Al Balding
1960Arnold Palmer (276) -- Doug Ford, Frank Stranahan
1959Wes Ellis (276) -- Bill Johnston, Tom Nieporte
1958Bill Johnston (274) -- Bob Rosburg
1957Jay Hebert (271) -- Ed Furgol
1956Gene Littler (276) -- Mike Fetchick, Frank Stranahan, Ernie Vossler
1955Mike Souchak (257) -- Fred Haas
1954Chandler Harper (59) -- Johnny Palmer
1953Tony Holguin (264) -- Doug Ford
1952Jack Burke, Jr. (260) -- Doug Ford
1951*Dutch Harrison (265) -- Doug Ford
1950Sam Snead (265) -- Jimmy Demaret
1949Dave Douglas (268) -- Sam Snead
1948Sam Snead (264) -- Jimmy Demaret
1947Ed Oliver (265) -- Jimmy Demaret
1946Ben Hogan (264) -- Sam Byrd
1945Sam Byrd (268) -- Byron Nelson
1944Johnny Revolta (273) -- Harold McSpaden, Byron Nelson
1943Not Held
1942*Chick Harbert (272) -- Ben Hogan
1941Lawson Little (273) -- Ben Hogan
1940*Byron Nelson (271) -- Ben Hogan
1939Dutch Harrison (271) -- Sam Byrd
1938Not Held
1937Not Held
1936Not Held
1935Not Held
1934Wiffy Cox (283) -- Byron Nelson, Craig Wood
1933Not Held
1932Clarence Clark (287) -- Gus Moreland, Gene Sarazen
1931Abe Espinosa (281) -- Harry Cooper, Joe Turnesa, Frank Walsh
1930Denny Shute (277) -- Ed Dudley, Al Espinosa, Neil McIntyre
1929Bill Mehlhorn (277) -- Horton Smith
1928Bill Mehlhorn (297) -- Harry Cooper
1927Bobby Cruickshank (272) -- Larry Nabholtz
1926Mac Smith (288) -- Bobby Cruickshank
1925Joe Turnesa (284) -- Macdonald Smith
1924Joe Kirkwood (279) -- George Kerrigan, James Ockenden
1923*Walter Hagen (279) -- Bill Mehlhorn
1922Bob MacDonald (281) -- Cyril Walker

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain-Shortened

Note:Formerly called Texas Open at LaCantera (2001), Westin Texas Open at
LaCantera (1998-2000), LaCantera Texas Open (1995-97), Texas Open (1994), H-E-B Texas Open (1990-93), Texas Open Presented by Nabisco (1988-89), Nabisco Championships of Golf (1987), Vantage Championship (1986), Texas Open (1981-85), San Antonio Texas Open (1970-80), Texas Open (1922-69).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Zach Johnson------------------------WonWon
James Driscoll---------------------------2nd
Paul GoydosT-19T-4571stT-7------T-8---T-19T-3
Justin LeonardWonWonmc---T-10---T-37WonT-11T-5
Mark Wilson------------T-49T-3T-71mcT-2T-11
J.J. Henry---T-2T-34T-29T-5T-5---T-6T-58T-32
Charlie Wi---------------mc---T-59T-2T-40
Vaughn Taylor------------T-22T-39---mcT-58T-47
Eric Axley------------------WonT-44mcT-47
Chad Campbell------T-53T-17---T-19---T-15T-36T-60
Robert GamezmcT-66T-34T-34mcWonT-21T-21T-58mc
Brian GaymcT-24T-10---T-29T-19T-21mcT-30---
Tommy Armour IIImcT-76T-50WonT-41T-26mc---mc---
Michael Sim---------------------70th------
Sergio Garcia---------79th------------------
Ernie Els------------------------------
J.B. Holmes------------------------------
Adam Scott------------------------------
Vijay Singh------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - J.B. Holmes
Darkhorse - Matt Jones
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Phil Mickelson) - Finished tied for 17th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Bo Van Pelt) - Finished tied for 4th
 
NOTES:
Expect a real Lone Star shootout this week, as birdies galore are the norm when one of the most storied events in PGA Tour history takes place. The 80th Valero Texas Open, despite missing most of the best players in the world, has some star power of its own, as former major championship winners Mark Brooks, John Daly, David Duval, Steve Elkington, Ernie Els, Todd Hamilton, Lee Janzen, Zach Johnson, Justin Leonard, Shaun Micheel and Vijay Singh are in the field. The top-ranked player competing this week is Els, who is ranked seventh in the world. Five other players ranked in the top-50 of the world rankings are teeing it up - Sergio Garcia (27), two-time defending champion Zach Johnson (32), Adam Scott (43), Singh (46) and Michael Sim (48).

First played in 1922, the Texas Open is the fifth-oldest event on the PGA Tour. Only the British Open, U.S. Open, Canadian Open and PGA Championship are older. However, the Texas Open is the only tournament of the five that has been played in the same city throughout its existence.

Last year, Johnson rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to beat James Driscoll and win this event for the second time in seven months. Johnson tied the tournament record with a 60 in the third round. In the playoff -- held at the 18th hole -- both Johnson and Driscoll found the fairway with their tee shots. Johnson knocked his second shot to 10 feet, while Driscoll came up much shorter, hitting his to 27 feet. After Driscoll missed his birdie try, Johnson rolled his into the cup for the win. Johnson joined Leonard, Arnold Palmer and Bill Mehlhorn as the only players to successfully defend at this event.

With his third-round 60 last year, Johnson became the only player in PGA Tour history to record two career rounds of 60 or better. Johnson also posted a 60 in the third round of the 2007 TOUR Championship.

In 2008, Johnson finally won a PGA Tour event outside the state of Georgia. His first three tour wins came at the AT&T Classic (2004, 2007) and The Masters (2007). Johnson fired weekend rounds of 62-64 to win this event by two shots over Charlie Wi, Tim Wilkinson and Mark Wilson. He ended the event at 19-under-par 261.

In 2007, Leonard needed three playoff holes to defeat Jesper Parnevik and win this event. Leonard birdied the par-three 17th to take down Parnevik and win for the third time at this event. Leonard closed with a five-under 65 to join Parnevik at 19-under-par 261. Parnevik, who didn't hit a fairway over his final eight holes, closed with a 69 before losing in his second playoff appearance on the PGA Tour.

When Leonard captured the 2001 event, he became the first player since Arnold Palmer in the early 1960s to win this event in back-to-back seasons. In 12 appearances at this event, Leonard has three wins, two runner-up finishes, a tie for fifth, a tie for 10th, two ties for 11th, a tie for 15th, a tie for 37th and one missed cut (2002). Leonard has posted 38 rounds in the 60s in his 46 rounds at this event, including 31 of his last 35. Leonard and Palmer (1960-62) are the only three-time winners.

There have been 15 Texas Opens that have been decided in playoffs. This will be the first year that the event is being held at AT&T Oaks Course at the TPC San Antonio, the eighth club to play host to the tournament. The course was designed by Greg Norman and Sergio Garcia. Garcia is playing in this event for the first time this week.

In 2006, Eric Axley became a first-time winner on the PGA Tour when he closed out a three-shot victory over Anthony Kim, Dean Wilson and Justin Rose at this event. Axley became the first player to win this event in his first appearance since Ron Streck in 1978. Johnson also accomplished this feat in 2008.

Robert Gamez fired a 62 in the first round in 2005 and closed with a final- round 64 to win this event. Gamez completed the event at 18-under-par 262. The win was his third on the PGA Tour and his first in over 15 years. He won in his first official start on the PGA Tour at the Tucson Open, then that same year won at the Nestle Invitational in March of 1990. Since that win at the Nestle Invitational, Gamez played in 394 consecutive events without a victory. The 15 years and six months between wins was the longest stretch in PGA Tour history. Butch Baird held the previous record of 15 years and five months (May 1961 - October 1976).

In 2004, Bart Bryant fired a course-record, 10-under par 60 in the third round to earn his first career PGA Tour title at this event. Bryant completed the event at 19-under-par 261. Bryant, along with his brother Brad, became one of just four sets of brothers to have won on the PGA Tour. The other winning brother combinations were Curt and Tom Byrum, Dave and Mike Hill and Lionel and Jay Hebert. Bart Bryant, at 41 years, 10 months and one day, became the oldest first-time winner since Ed Dougherty won the 1995 Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic at 47 years, eight months and 19 days.

In 2003, it was the Tommy Armour III show, as he blitzed the field in a record-setting performance. Armour's 36-hole total of 128 matched the tournament record set by Paul Azinger in 1989. He tied the PGA Tour 54-hole record-low total of 189, a new event mark. His four-day total of 254 broke the 72-hole mark of 257 set by Mike Souchak in 1955. His 72-hole mark also set a new PGA Tour scoring record, breaking the previous total of 256 set by Mark Calcavecchia in 2001 at the Phoenix Open. Armour finished seven shots clear of Loren Roberts and Bob Tway en route to his second career title and first on the PGA Tour since the 1990 Phoenix Open.

Corey Pavin set the tournament record for the largest winning margin in 1988, when he won by eight shots over Robert Wrenn. Eight players have won the Texas Open in wire-to-wire fashion, with Bob Estes the last to accomplish the feat in 1994. Bobby Cruickshank was the first in 1927. Since 1988, 17 of the 22 players leading the Texas Open or sharing the lead after three rounds have won the event. The biggest final-round comeback in tournament history came in 1964, when Bruce Crampton trailed Dutch Harrison by six shots and closed with a final round of 64 to defeat Chi Chi Rodriguez and Bob Charles by one shot. Harrison finished three shots back after a closing 74.

Ben Hogan made his professional debut at this event in 1930 and missed the cut. Hogan was a three-time runner-up from 1940-42 and finally won the event in 1946.

The PGA Tour remains in Texas next week for the HP Byron Nelson Championship in Irving, where Rory Sabbatini captured the title in 2009.

05/11 16:35:15 ET

As of May 11, 2010, at 04:35 PM ET