2017 Valero Texas Open
Field Notes For April 18, 2017
Coming to San Antonio Hot: Several players in the field had a good week at the RBC Heritage Classic last week. Luke Donald finished second, Ollie Schniederjans was tied for third, Brian Gay and J.J. Spaun were tied for 6th and Bud Cauley was tied for 9th.
- More from Sunday’s finish: Matt Kuchar, who finished tied for 11th on Sunday, is poised to make his 13th start at the Valero Texas Open, and sixth straight. Kuchar’s best finish at TPC San Antonio is a T4 in 2014, though he finished T2 at La Cantera in 2001.
- Texas Collegiate Connections: There are 14 players in the field with collegiate connections in the state of Texas. Baylor University – Jimmy Walker; Lamar University – Chris Stroud, Shawn Stefani; Southern Methodist University – Kelly Kraft, Bryson DeChambeau; TCU – J.J. Henry, Tom Hoge; Texas A&M – Ryan Palmer; University of Texas – Bob Estes, Cody Gribble, Beau Hossler, Rick Lamb, Justin Leonard, Jhonattan Vegas.
- FedExCup History at the VTO: Each year, the Valero Texas Open proves pivotal in the race for the FedExCup. Since being moved to its current spot on the schedule in 2009, the winner of the Valero Texas Open has made it through at least two Playoffs events six of eight times. Jimmy Walker (2015), Adam Scott (2010) and Zach Johnson (2009) made it through the season-ending TOUR Championship.
- FedExCup Champion: Former FedExCup champion Billy Horschel (2014) is in the field.
- Strong Sponsor Exemptions: Three-time VTO champion Justin Leonard leads a strong group of players receiving a sponsor exemption into the field this week. Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera, 2016 U.S. Amateur champion Curtis Luck, 2015 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion Jordan Niebrugge, 4-time TOUR winner Camilo Villegas and former top-ranked junior golfer in the U.S. Robby Shelton.
- Monday Qualifiers: The Monday Qualifier for the final four spots into the tournament was held at The Club at Comanche Trace. Wesley McClain, Bastrop, TX, was the medalist with a 9-under-par 63 followed by Ted Purdy (Phoenix, AZ 64), Joshua Brock (Wilmington, NC 65) and Zach Cabra (McKinney, TX 67).
- International Flavor: There are 21 different countries and 49 international players in the field this week. Countries that are represented are: Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chinese Tai, Colombia, Denmark, England, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Puerto Rico, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, USA, and Venezuela.