How the Field Qualified: 2021 Valero Texas Open

Tony Finau
Tony Finau prepares to tee off on the sixth tee during the third round of the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio AT&T Oaks Course on April 22, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

The field at the 90th edition of the Valero Texas Open will be headlined by home hero Jordan Spieth, who will look to break a nearly four-year long winning drought at TPC San Antonio. The three-time major winner will be joined by a pair of fellow top-flight Texans in Scottie Scheffler and Ryan Palmer.

Other marquee names include defending champion Corey Conners, who enters off two straight top 10s (in stroke play); Tony Finau – the highest ranked player in the field at No. 13; Japanese star Hideki Matsuyama; 2019 U.S. Open winner Gary Woodland; five-time major winner Phil Mickelson; and Rickie Fowler who’s in the midst of a career tailspin.

Here’s how each of the 144 players in field qualified for the 2021 Valero Texas Open:

Winner – U.S. Open (2015-20)
Jordan Spieth (2015)
Gary Woodland (2019)

Winner – PGA Championship (2015-20)
Jimmy Walker (2016)

Winner – THE PLAYERS (2015-20)
Rickie Fowler (2015)
Si Woo Kim (2017)

Winner – The Masters (2015-20)
Danny Willett (2016)

Winner – The Open (2015-19)
Zach Johnson (2015)
Henrik Stenson (2016)

Winner – WGC (2017-20)
Hideki Matsuyama (2017 WGC-Bridgestone)
Phil Mickelson (2018 WGC-Mexico)

Winners – Invitational (2017-20)
Jason Dufner (2017 Memorial)
2017-2021 Memorial, Arnold Palmer; 2020-21 Genesis (not Inv til 2020)

PGA Tour Winner 2017/18-2020-21
Ryan Armour (2017 Sanderson)
Keegan Bradley (2018 BMW)
Cameron Champ (2019 Safeway)
Corey Conners (2019 Valero)
Austin Cook (2017 RSM)
Tyler Duncan (2019 RSM)
Brice Garnett (2018 Corales)
Brian Gay (2020 Bermuda)
Branden Grace (2021 Bermuda)
Lanto Griffin (2019 Houston)
J.B. Holmes (2019 Genesis)
Charles Howell III (2018 RSM)
Sung Kang (2019 Byron Nelson)
Michael Kim (2018 John Deere)
Patton Kizzire (2018 Sony)
Russell Knox (2017 HSBC)
Satoshi Kodaira (2018 RBC)
Matt Kuchar (2019 Sony)
Martin Laird (2020 Shriners)
Andrew Landry (2018 Valero)
Nate Lashley (2019 Rocket)
Adam Long (2019 Desert Classic)
Graeme McDowell (2019 Corales)
Troy Merritt (2018 Barbasol)
Keith Mitchell (2019 Honda)
Sebastián Muñoz (2019 Sanderson)
Ryan Palmer (2019 Zurich)
Pat Perez (2019 CIMB)
Ted Potter, Jr. (2018 Pebble)
Andrew Putnam (2018 Barracuda)
Brandt Snedeker (2019 Wyndham)
Brendan Steele (2017 Safeway)
Nick Taylor (2020 Pebble)
Martin Trainer (2019 Puerto Rico)
Aaron Wise (2018 Byron Nelson)

Career Money Exemption
K.J. Choi
Luke Donald
Jim Furyk
Jerry Kelly
Hunter Mahan
Bo Van Pelt
Top 50 all-time earnings

Sponsor Exemption – 2018-19 FedExCup Category
Matt Wallace

Sponsors Exemptions – Members not exempt
Padraig Harrington
Camilo Villegas

Sponsors Exemptions – Unrestricted
Sam Bennett
Akshay Bhatia
Austin Eckroat
McClure Meissner

Designated Sponsor Exemptions
Bernd Wiesberger

PGA Section Champion\Player of the Year
Carlos Sainz Jr

Past Champion of Respective Event
Kevin Chappell
Charley Hoffman

Life Member
Davis Love III
15 years with 20 wins while maintaining a competitive scoring average.

Top 125 on Prior Season’s FedExCup Points List
Scottie Scheffler
Tony Finau
Abraham Ancer
Byeong Hun An
Brian Harman
Joel Dahmen
Danny Lee
Tom Hoge
Adam Hadwin
Harry Higgs
Robby Shelton
Maverick McNealy
Doc Redman
Denny McCarthy
Henrik Norlander
Xinjun Zhang
Sepp Straka
Harold Varner III
Cameron Tringale
Cameron Davis
Vaughn Taylor
Patrick Rodgers
Brian Stuard
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
Scott Harrington
Matthew NeSmith
Ryan Moore
Sam Ryder
Adam Schenk
Sam Burns
Scott Brown
Beau Hossler
Lucas Glover
Luke List
Scott Stallings
Rory Sabbatini
Tom Lewis
Bo Hoag

Top 125 (Prior Season Nonmember)
William Gordon
Erik van Rooyen

Major Medical Extension
Chris Kirk
Charl Schwartzel
Kevin Stadler
Sean O’Hair
Wesley Bryan
John Huh
Seung-Yul Noh
Kelly Kraft
D.A. Points

2018-19 Top 125 FedExCup/2019 Top Finishers Korn Ferry Tour
Peter Malnati
Doug Ghim
Kyle Stanley
Kramer Hickok
Anirban Lahiri
Cameron Percy
Kristoffer Ventura
Michael Gligic
David Hearn
Chesson Hadley
Hank Lebioda
Chase Seiffert
Roger Sloan
Vincent Whaley
Bronson Burgoon
Rob Oppenheim
Joseph Bramlett
J.J. Spaun
Sebastian Cappelen
D.J. Trahan
Jhonattan Vegas
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
Brandon Hagy
Rafa Cabrera Bello
Rhein Gibson



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