Valero Texas Open Winners and History

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The third oldest event on the PGA Tour, the Valero Texas Open started life as the Texas Open in 1922. While it has always been played in San Antonio, the venue as well as the name have changed over the years. It was variously known as the Texas Open, San Antonio Texas Open, Texas Open Invitational, San Antonio Open Invitational. It was the HEB Texas Open from 1990 – 1993, the La Cantera Texas Open from 1995 – 1997, the Westin Texas Open from 1998 – 2000 and since 2002, the Valero Texas Open.

Valero is a Fortune 500 oil and gas company based in San Antonio. In spite of the rumors in my area, it is NOT owned by the dictators in Venezuela. The name comes from Misión San Antonio de Valero, better known as the Alamo.

The Texas Open has been held at a large number of venues over the years. It was played at Brackenridge Park Golf Course from 1922 to 1940, with a brief 1927-1928 switch to the Willow Springs Golf Course. It returned to that course from 1941 – 1949. Willow Springs Golf Club was the host from 1941 – 1949; and then either Brackenridge Park or the Ft. Sam Houston Golf Course until 1960. From 1961 – 1966, it was played at Oak Hills Country Club, before moving for the 1967 – 1970 seasons to Pecan Valley Golf Club. The years 1972 – 1976 found the tournament at Woodlake Golf Club. Oak Hills Country Club got the tournament back from 1977 to 1994. From 1995 – 2009, it was played at the Resort Course at La Cantera. Finally, in 2010, it began playing at the TPC at San Antonio.

The tournament is notable for several reasons. First, it was there in 2003 that Tommy Armour set a PGA Tour record low score of 254 for a 72 hole tournament. The Tour’s first 60 was shot there in 1951 by Al Brosch. It’s also the site of Texas native and PGA Tour legend Ben Crenshaw’s first Tour victory.

Valero Texas Open Winners

YearPlayerScoreTo parMargin of victoryPurse ($)
Valero Texas Open
2016Charley Hoffman276-1216,200,000
2015Jimmy Walker277−114 strokes6200000
2014Steven Bowditch280−81 stroke6200000
2013Martin Laird274−142 strokes6200000
2012Ben Curtis279−92 strokes6200000
2011Brendan Steele280−81 stroke6200000
2010Adam Scott274−141 stroke6100000
2009Zach Johnson (2)265−15Playoff6100000
2008Zach Johnson261−192 strokes4500000
2007Justin Leonard (3)261−19Playoff4500000
2006Eric Axley265−153 strokes4000000
2005Robert Gamez262−183 strokes3500000
2004Bart Bryant261−193 strokes3500000
2003Tommy Armour III254−267 strokes3500000
2002Loren Roberts261−193 strokes3500000
Texas Open at La Cantera
2001Justin Leonard (2)266−182 strokes3000000
Westin Texas Open at La Cantera
2000Justin Leonard261−195 strokes2600000
Westin Texas Open
1999Duffy Waldorf (2)270−18Playoff2000000
1998Hal Sutton270−181 stroke1700000
La Cantera Texas Open
1997Tim Herron271−172 strokes1400000
1996David Ogrin275−131 stroke1200000
1995Duffy Waldorf268−206 strokes1100000
Texas Open
1994Bob Estes265−191 stroke1000000
H.E.B. Texas Open
1993Jay Haas (2)263−21Playoff1000000
1992Nick Price263−25Playoff900000
1991Blaine McCallister269−11Playoff900000
1990Mark O'Meara261−191 stroke800000
Texas Open
1989Donnie Hammond258−227 strokes600000
1988Corey Pavin259−218 strokes600000
1987No tournament – club hosted the inaugural Tour Championship
Vantage Championship
1986Ben Crenshaw (2)196^−141 stroke1000000
Texas Open
1985John Mahaffey268−12Playoff350000
1984Calvin Peete266−143 strokes350000
1983Jim Colbert261−195 strokes300000
1982Jay Haas262−183 strokes250000
1981Bill Rogers266−14Playoff250000
San Antonio Texas Open
1980Lee Trevino265−151 stroke250000
1979Lou Graham268−121 stroke250000
1978Ron Streck265−151 stroke200000
1977Hale Irwin266−142 strokes150000
1976Butch Baird273−15Playoff125000
1975Don January275−13Playoff125000
1974Terry Diehl269−191 stroke125000
1973Ben Crenshaw270−142 strokes125000
1972Mike Hill273−152 strokes125000
1971No tournament
San Antonio Open Invitational
1970Ron Cerrudo273−75 strokes100000
Texas Open Invitational
1969Deane Beman274−10Playoff100000
1968No tournament – club hosted 1968 PGA Championship
1967Chi-Chi Rodríguez277−71 stroke100000
1966Harold Henning272−83 strokes80000
1965Frank Beard270−103 strokes50000
1964Bruce Crampton273−71 stroke40000
1963Phil Rodgers268−122 strokes30000
1962Arnold Palmer (3)273−111 stroke30000
1961Arnold Palmer (2)270−101 stroke30000
1960Arnold Palmer276−122 strokes20000
1959Wes Ellis276−82 strokes20000
1958Bill Johnston274−103 strokes15000
1957Jay Hebert271−131 stroke20000
1956Gene Littler276−122 strokes20000
Texas Open
1955Mike Souchak257−277 strokes12500
1954Chandler Harper259−252 strokes12500
1953Tony Holguin264−201 stroke10000
1952Jack Burke, Jr.260−246 strokes10000
1951E. J. Harrison (2)265−19Playoff10000
1950Sam Snead (2)265−191 stroke10000
1949Dave Douglas268−161 stroke10000
1948Sam Snead264−202 strokes10000
San Antonio Texas Open
1947Ed Oliver265−191 stroke10000
1946Ben Hogan264−206 strokes7500
Texas Open
1945Sammy Byrd268−161 stroke5000
1944Johnny Revolta273−111 stroke5000
1943No tournament due to World War II
1942Chick Harbert272−12Playoff5000
1941Lawson Little273−113 strokes5000
1940Byron Nelson271−13Playoff5000
1939E. J. Harrison271−132 strokes5000
1935–38: No tournament
1934Wiffy Cox283−51 stroke2500
1933No tournament
1932Clarence Clark28731 stroke2500
1931Abe Espinosa281−32 strokes6000
1930Denny Shute277−73 strokes7500
1929Bill Mehlhorn (2)277−74 strokes6500
1928Bill Mehlhorn297131 stroke6500
1927Bobby Cruickshank29283 strokes10000
1926Macdonald Smith28841 stroke8000
1925Joe Turnesa284E1 stroke6000
1924Joe Kirkwood, Sr.2797 strokes6000
1923Walter Hagen279Playoff6000
1922Bob MacDonald2811 stroke5000
Valero Texas Open Winners

One Response to “Valero Texas Open Winners and History”

  1. Pappy on

    I worked the 1997 La Cantera Texas Open; it was a tough course and the temps (and humidity) were high.

    And not to be picky, but it’s “Brackenridge Park”. Though I’ve heard it called other, less charitable, names.

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