Valero Texas Open Past Champions and History

March 24, 2014

imageThe 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 Venezuelan strong man Hugo Chavez. 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 2010 event offers a purse of $6,100,000 and is a regular FedEx Cup event. The winner takes home $1,098,000.

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
Year Winner
2013 Martin Laird
2012 Ben Curtis
2011 Brendan Steele
2010 Adam Scott
2009 Zach Johnson
2008 Zach Johnson
2007 Justin leonard
2006 Eric Axley
2005 Robert Gamez
2004 Bart Bryant
2003 Tommy Armour III
2002 Loren Roberts
Texas Open At LaCantera
2001 Justin Leonard
Westin Texas Open At LaCantera
2000 Justin Leonard
Westin Texas Open
1999 Duffy Waldorf
1998 Hal Sutton
LaCantera Texas Open
1997 Tim Herron
1996 David Ogrin
1995 Duffy Waldorf
Texas Open
1994 Bob Estes
HEB Texas Open
1993 Jay Haas
1992 Nick Price
1991 Blaine McCallister
1990 Mark O'Meara
Texas Open
1989 Donnie Hammond
1988 Corey Pavin
1987 No tournament
Vantage Championship
1986 Ben Crenshaw
Texas Open
1985 John Mahaffey
1984 Calvin Peete
1983 Jim Colbert
1982 Jay Haas
1981 Bill Rogers
San Antonio Texas Open
1980 Lee Trevino
1979 Lou Graham
1978 Ron Streck
1977 Hale Irwin
1976 Butch Baird
1975 Don January
1974 Terry Diehl
1973 Ben Crenshaw
1972 Mike Hill
1971 No tournament
San Antonio Open Invitational
1970 Ron Cerrudo
Texas Open Invitational
1969 Deane Beman
1968 No tournament
1967 Chi Chi Rodriguez
1966 Harold Henning
1965 Frank Beard
1964 Bruce Crampton
1963 Phil Rodgers
1962 Arnold Palmer
1961 Arnold Palmer
1960 Arnold Palmer
1959 Wes Ellis
1958 Bill Johnston
1957 Jay Hebert
Texas Open
1955 Mike Souchak
1954 Chandler Harper
1953 Tony Holguin
1952 Jack Burke Jr.
1951 E.J. "Dutch" Harrison
1950 Sam Snead
1949 Dave Douglas
1948 Sam Snead
San Antonio Texas Open
1947 Ed Oliver
1946 Ben Hogan
Texas Open
1945 Sam Byrd
1944 Johnny Revolta
1943 No tournament
1942 Chick Harbert
1941 Lawson Little
1940 Byron Nelson
1939 E.J. "Dutch" Harrison
1935–1938 No tournament
1934 Wiffy Cox
1933 No tournament
1932 Clarence Clark
1931 Abe Espinosa
1930 Denny Shute
1929 Bill Mehlhorn
1928 Bill Mehlhorn
1927 Bobby Cruickshank
1926 Macdonald Smith
1925 Joe Turnesa
1924 Joe Kirkwood Sr.
1923 Walter Hagen
1922 Robert MacDonald
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  • 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.

    Posted by Pappy on 04/16

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