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PGA - Valero Texas Open Preview
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DATES: Thursday, May 14th through Sunday, May 17th
SITE: La Cantera Golf Club (Resort Course), San Antonio, Texas
COURSE ARCHITECT: Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish (1994)
PAR: 70
YARDAGE: 6,881
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 5 665 yds10 - Par 4 460 yds
2 - Par 4 448 yds11 - Par 4 427 yds
3 - Par 3 202 yds12 - Par 4 415 yds
4 - Par 4 444 yds13 - Par 3 142 yds
5 - Par 4 494 yds14 - Par 5 527 yds
6 - Par 3 162 yds15 - Par 4 446 yds
7 - Par 4 316 yds16 - Par 4 380 yds
8 - Par 4 361 yds17 - Par 3 186 yds
9 - Par 4 380 yds18 - Par 4 426 yds
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35 3,472 Yds35 3,409 Yds
 
Annual:  79th
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:  Charlie Wi, Tim Wilkinson, Mark Wilson
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)
Course Record:  60 (Bart Bryant, 2004)
Total Purse:  $6,100,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,098,000; 2nd Place - $658,800; 3rd Place - $414,800
 
2008 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Zach Johnson261Stephen Ames267
Charlie Wi263Chris Stroud267
Tim Wilkinson263Tim Herron268
Mark Wilson263Pat Perez268
Jeff Overton265Rory Sabbatini268
 
Past Valero Texas Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
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
Player1999200020012002200320042005200620072008
Zach Johnson---------------------------Won
Charlie Wi------------------mc---T-59T-2
Tim Wilkinson---------------------------T-2
Mark Wilson---------------T-49T-3T-71mcT-2
Stephen AmesT-8------mc------mc---T-44T-6
Justin Leonard---WonWonmc---T-10---T-37WonT-11
Dustin Johnson------------------------mcT-15
Brian GayT-38mcT-24T-10---T-29T-19T-21mcT-30
Chad Campbell---------T-53T-17---T-19---T-15T-36
Scott Verplank------------T-59------------T-36
Dean Wilson---------------T-37thT-2T-6T-44
J.J. Henry------T-2T-34T-29T-5T-5---T-6T-58
Robert GamezmcmcT-66T-34T-34mcWonT-21T-21T-58
Vaughn Taylor---------------T-22T-39---mcT-58
Jesper Parnevik------T-11---mcT-22---T-302ndmc
Heath Slocum------T-58mcT-44T-10T-13mc5thmc
Eric Axley---------------------WonT-44mc
Bart Bryant---T-53mc------WonT-13T-30T-33---
Anthony Kim---------------------T-2T-44---
Tim Clark------------T-24T-5------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Zach Johnson
Darkhorse - John Mallinger
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Tiger Woods) - Finished 8th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Steve Stricker) - Finished tied for 22nd
 
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 79th 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 Rich Beem, Mark Brooks, David Duval, Steve Elkington, Lee Janzen, Zach Johnson, Justin Leonard, Shaun Micheel and Corey Pavin are in the field. The top-ranked player competing this week is Anthony Kim, who is ranked 15th in the world. Six other players ranked in the top-50 of the world rankings are teeing it up - defending champion Zach Johnson (26), three-time winner Justin Leonard (27), Tim Clark (31), Chad Campbell (41), Dustin Johnson (45) and Stephen Ames (47).

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. This year marks the first time this event is being held in the spring since 1969. Last year the tournament was held in October. The purse increased $1.6 million from last year to $6.1 million, with the winner receiving $1,098,000.

Last year, Zach 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 the Texas Open 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 the Texas Open. 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 11 appearances at this event, Leonard has three wins, two runner-up finishes, a tie for 10th, two ties for 11th, a tie for 15th, a tie for 37th and one missed cut (2002). Leonard has posted 34 rounds in the 60s in his 42 rounds at the Texas Open, including 27 of his last 31. Leonard joined Palmer and Bill Mehlhorn as the only players to successfully defend at this event. Leonard and Palmer (1960-62) are the only three-time winners.

There have been 14 Texas Opens that have been decided in playoffs. This is the 14th year that the event has been held at La Cantera Golf Club, the seventh club to play host to the tournament.

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 the Texas Open. 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 the Valero Texas Open. 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 the Texas Open. 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, 16 of the 21 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 Adam Scott captured the title in 2008.

05/12 15:11:45 ET

As of May 12, 2009, at 03:12 PM ET

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