Valero Texas Open Winners and History

Valero Texas Open Winners

Valero Texas Open Winners and History

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.

The List of Valero Texas Open Winners Follows:

YearPlayerScoreTo parMargin of victory
Valero Texas Open
2021Jordan Spieth270-182 strokes
2020Cancelled COVID
2019Corey Connors268-202 strokes
2018Andrew Landry271-172
2017Kevin Chappell276-121
2016Charley Hoffman276-121
2015Jimmy Walker277−114 strokes
2014Steven Bowditch280−81 stroke
2013Martin Laird274−142 strokes
2012Ben Curtis279−92 strokes
2011Brendan Steele280−81 stroke
2010Adam Scott274−141 stroke
2009Zach Johnson (2)265−15Playoff
2008Zach Johnson261−192 strokes
2007Justin Leonard (3)261−19Playoff
2006Eric Axley265−153 strokes
2005Robert Gamez262−183 strokes
2004Bart Bryant261−193 strokes
2003Tommy Armour III254−267 strokes
2002Loren Roberts261−193 strokes
Texas Open at La Cantera
2001Justin Leonard (2)266−182 strokes
Westin Texas Open at La Cantera
2000Justin Leonard261−195 strokes
Westin Texas Open
1999Duffy Waldorf (2)270−18Playoff
1998Hal Sutton270−181 stroke
La Cantera Texas Open
1997Tim Herron271−172 strokes
1996David Ogrin275−131 stroke
1995Duffy Waldorf268−206 strokes
Texas Open
1994Bob Estes265−191 stroke
H.E.B. Texas Open
1993Jay Haas (2)263−21Playoff
1992Nick Price263−25Playoff
1991Blaine McCallister269−11Playoff
1990Mark O’Meara261−191 stroke
Texas Open
1989Donnie Hammond258−227 strokes
1988Corey Pavin259−218 strokes
1987No tournament – club hosted the inaugural Tour Championship
Vantage Championship
1986Ben Crenshaw (2)196^−141 stroke
Texas Open
1985John Mahaffey268−12Playoff
1984Calvin Peete266−143 strokes
1983Jim Colbert261−195 strokes
1982Jay Haas262−183 strokes
1981Bill Rogers266−14Playoff
San Antonio Texas Open
1980Lee Trevino265−151 stroke
1979Lou Graham268−121 stroke
1978Ron Streck265−151 stroke
1977Hale Irwin266−142 strokes
1976Butch Baird273−15Playoff
1975Don January275−13Playoff
1974Terry Diehl269−191 stroke
1973Ben Crenshaw270−142 strokes
1972Mike Hill273−152 strokes
1971No tournament
San Antonio Open Invitational
1970Ron Cerrudo273−75 strokes
Texas Open Invitational
1969Deane Beman274−10Playoff
1968No tournament – club hosted 1968 PGA Championship
1967Chi-Chi Rodríguez277−71 stroke
1966Harold Henning272−83 strokes
1965Frank Beard270−103 strokes
1964Bruce Crampton273−71 stroke
1963Phil Rodgers268−122 strokes
1962Arnold Palmer (3)273−111 stroke
1961Arnold Palmer (2)270−101 stroke
1960Arnold Palmer276−122 strokes
1959Wes Ellis276−82 strokes
1958Bill Johnston274−103 strokes
1957Jay Hebert271−131 stroke
1956Gene Littler276−122 strokes
Texas Open
1955Mike Souchak257−277 strokes
1954Chandler Harper259−252 strokes
1953Tony Holguin264−201 stroke
1952Jack Burke, Jr.260−246 strokes
1951E. J. Harrison (2)265−19Playoff
1950Sam Snead (2)265−191 stroke
1949Dave Douglas268−161 stroke
1948Sam Snead264−202 strokes
San Antonio Texas Open
1947Ed Oliver265−191 stroke
1946Ben Hogan264−206 strokes
Texas Open
1945Sammy Byrd268−161 stroke
1944Johnny Revolta273−111 stroke
1943No tournament due to World War II
1942Chick Harbert272−12Playoff
1941Lawson Little273−113 strokes
1940Byron Nelson271−13Playoff
1939E. J. Harrison271−132 strokes
1935–38: No tournament
1934Wiffy Cox283−51 stroke
1933No tournament
1932Clarence Clark28731 stroke
1931Abe Espinosa281−32 strokes
1930Denny Shute277−73 strokes
1929Bill Mehlhorn (2)277−74 strokes
1928Bill Mehlhorn297131 stroke
1927Bobby Cruickshank29283 strokes
1926Macdonald Smith28841 stroke
1925Joe Turnesa284E1 stroke
1924Joe Kirkwood, Sr.2797 strokes
1923Walter Hagen279Playoff
1922Bob MacDonald2811 stroke
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3 thoughts on “Valero Texas Open Winners and History”

  1. 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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