Henrik Stenson, Zach Johnson in The Field
SAN ANTONIO, TX —The Valero Texas Open officials announced today that the recently named Ryder Cup team Captains, Henrik Stenson and Zach Johnson, have committed to play in the 2022 tournament, scheduled for March 31 - April 3, a week preceding The Masters tournament.
Earlier this month, Johnson, a two-time champion of the Valero Texas Open (2008 & 2009), was named the U.S. Ryder Cup team captain. Just last week, Stenson, who will be making his second Valero Texas Open appearance, was appointed Captain for team Europe. The Ryder Cup matches will be held in the fall of 2023 in Rome, Italy.
Stenson is a six-time winner on TOUR, including a Players Championship, TOUR Championship and The Open Championship in 2016. He has played in five Ryder Cup competitions and was an assistant captain last year.
Johnson has 12 PGA TOUR career wins, including the 2007 Masters and The Open Championship in 2015. He has played on five U.S. Ryder Cup teams and was an assistant captain in the last two matches.
2021 champion and World No. 15 Jordan Spieth will defend his title and attempt to become the first Valero Texas Open champion to win back-to-back since Zach Johnson accomplished the feat.
Currently, there are six players among the top 25 in the world scheduled to appear— Scottie Scheffler (5), Rory McIlroy (8), Spieth (15) and Abraham Ancer (19), and Tony Finau (23).
Several legendary players and Hall of Fame members will be on hand during tournament week to help commemorate the 100th anniversary. Deane Beman (1969 Texas Open Champion), Ben Crenshaw (1973 & 1986 Texas Open Champion), Hale Irwin (1977 Texas Open Champion), Lee Trevino (1980 Texas Open Champion) and Tom Watson (1987 Texas Open Champion) are all scheduled to appear.
PGA TOUR players have until Friday, March 25 at 4:00 p.m. Central Time to commit and can withdraw from the 144-player field at any time.
Tickets to the Valero Texas Open are now on sale via Ticketmaster and www.ValeroTexasOpen.com. As is customary, all net proceeds from the event will go to support hundreds of charity organizations throughout South Texas and well beyond.
Given the significance of this year’s historic milestone, tournament officials are planning a variety of celebratory initiatives including the following:
|Valero Texas Open 100th Anniversary Concert presents Jason Aldean and Darius Rucker: The Valero Texas Open will host a one-of-a-kind concert to celebrate the 100th anniversary on Saturday, April 2 with the three-time ACM “Entertainer of the Year,” Aldean and three-time GRAMMY award winner, Rucker. Walker County will kick off the concert following tournament play. All ticket holders attending Saturday’s third round competition will also be able to attend the concert.|
|It’s Been A Journey - The True Story of the Oldest Golf Tournament in Texas: Tournament officials are collaborating with award-winning sportswriter and author Kevin Robbins, to tell the story of the Texas Open from its origins to present day. This incredible commemorative volume will be complete and available for purchase the week of the tournament.|
|Historical Golf Course Markers: Tribute historical markers will be placed at the golf courses that have hosted the tournament through the years including Brackenridge Park, Willow Springs, Fort Sam Houston, Oak Hills Country Club, La Cantera, and TPC San Antonio. These historical markers will feature the writings of Kevin Robbins highlighting the tournaments contested along with the years and storied champions for each respective course.|
Visit www.ValeroTexasOpen.com for all tournament news, updates, information and to purchase tickets.
|Commemorative Artwork: Graeme Baxter, official artist to some of the world’s most important golf tournaments such as The Ryder Cup, The Open Championship and The Presidents Cup was commissioned to paint a commemorative landscape of the Valero Texas Open‘s finishing hole.|