PGA Tour
PGA - Valero Texas Open Preview
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DATES: Thursday, April 4th through Sunday, April 7th
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:  83rd
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  - Thursday/Friday -- 9:30-12:30 a.m. (et) - replay,
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 1-3 p.m. (et),
  NBC - Saturday/Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Ben Curtis
Runner-Up:  Matt Every, John Huh
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)
Course Record:  63 (Matt Every, 2012)
18-Hole Record:  60 (Al Brosch, 1951; Ted Kroll, 1954; Mike Souchak, 1955;
  Bart Bryant, 2004; Zach Johnson, 2009)
Total Purse:  $6,200,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,116,000; 2nd Place - $669,600; 3rd Place - $421,600
 
2012 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Ben Curtis279Brendan Steele283
Matt Every281Charlie Wi283
John Huh281Hunter Haas284
Bob Estes283Ryan Moore284
Brian Gay283Cameron Tringale284
 
Past Valero Texas Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2012Ben Curtis (279) -- Matt Every, John Huh
2011Brendan Steele (280) -- Kevin Chappell, Charley Hoffman
2010Adam Scott (274) -- Fredrik Jacobson
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
Player2003200420052006200720082009201020112012
Ben Curtis---------------------------Won
Matt Every------------------------T-30T-2
John Huh---------------------------T-2
Brendan Steele------------------------WonT-4
Charley Hoffman---------T-8T-11T-70T-9T-13T-2T-13
Matt Kuchar---T-41mc---mcmc---------T-13
Freddie Jacobson---T-29------T-21---T-52ndT-5T-18
Justin Leonard---T-10---T-37WonT-11T-5T-64T-30T-35
Chad CampbellT-17---T-19---T-15T-36T-60T-34T-59T-50
Billy Horschel------------------------T-7475th
D.A. Points------wdT-15------mc---------
G. Fdez-Castano------------------------------
Rory McIlroy------------------------------
Ian Poulter------------------------------
Charl Schwartzel------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Charl Schwartzel
Darkhorse - Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Steve Stricker) - Finished tied for 38th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Jordan Spieth) - Finished tied for 50th
 
NOTES:The PGA Tour travels to San Antonio this week, as one of the most
storied events on tour takes place, the Valero Texas Open. This is the final tune-up prior to next week's Masters, which is the first major championship of the year. Four of the top-15 players in the world are in the field this week -- Rory McIlroy (2), Matt Kuchar (9), Ian Poulter (12) and Charl Schwartzel (15).

McIlroy has struggled this season and lost his No. 1 ranking last week to Tiger Woods. He only has one top-10 finish in five starts worldwide this year -- a tie for eighth at the WGC - Cadillac Championship. McIlroy tied for 45th last week at the Shell Houston Open and is playing here to try and get his game ready for the Masters.

Kuchar won the WGC - Accenture Match Play Championship in February and has made the cut in all seven events he has played this year, including three top-10 finishes. He has not missed a cut since the PGA Championship last August.

Poulter has two top-10 finishes in four events this season. He has made the cut in all four events and has not missed a cut since September 2011. Poulter has made 30 straight cuts between the PGA Tour and European Tour.

Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters champion, has played very well this year. He won the Alfred Dunhill Championship on the European Tour and has five top-10 finishes in seven events worldwide without missing a cut. Schwartzel has six top-5 finishes in his last nine events dating back to last season.

One player to look out for at this tournament is Charley Hoffman. Hoffman has made the cut in all seven of his appearances in San Antonio, including six top-15 finishes. He finished tied for 13th last year.

This will be the fourth year that the tournament is being held at AT&T Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio, the eighth club to play host to the event. The course was designed by Greg Norman and Sergio Garcia and opened in 2010.

First played in 1922, this tournament 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, Ben Curtis jumped in front after two rounds of 67 and held on after weekend rounds of 73 and 72 to get his first win in almost six years. Curtis, who broke on to the golf stage with his long-shot victory at the 2003 British Open, finished at 9-under-par 279 and won by two strokes over Matt Every and John Huh at the TPC San Antonio. The victory was Curtis' first since the 84 Lumber Classic in 2006.

In 2011, Brendan Steele carded rounds of 69-72-68-71 to get his first PGA Tour victory. Steele holed a 6-foot par putt at the final hole to finish at 8-under 280. He won by a single stroke over Kevin Chappell and Hoffman. It was only Steele's 12th start on the PGA Tour.

Zach Johnson rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole in 2009 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. Johnson joined Justin Leonard, Arnold Palmer and Bill Mehlhorn as the only players to successfully defend this title. With his third-round 60, 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.

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

When Leonard captured the 2001 title, he became the first player since Palmer in the early 1960s to win this event in back-to-back seasons. In 14 appearances, Leonard has three wins, two runner-up finishes, a tie for fifth, a tie for 10th, two ties for 11th and a tie for 15th. Leonard has posted 39 rounds in the 60s in his 56 rounds here, including 32 of his last 45. Leonard (2000-01, 07) and Palmer (1960-62) are the only three-time winners.

Robert Gamez fired a 62 in the first round in 2005 and closed with a final- round 64 to win. 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 is 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. 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.

It was the Tommy Armour III show in 2003, 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 4-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, 19 of the 25 players leading or sharing the lead after three rounds have won. 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 in 1946.

The PGA Tour heads to Georgia next week for the first major of the season, The Masters, where American Bubba Watson will defend his first major title at Augusta National Golf Club.

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